Homemade Washi Tape

Hello everyone, I am back again with another money saving tutorial for you – homemade Washi tape!  The Make the Cut forum has been a buzz lately with talk of making your own tape.  Since I have never seen nor purchased this stuff before I had to check it out.  It looks pretty cool but with all the ribbon I have I can’t see putting money into another craze.  And I do mean craze!  Now that I know what it is, I see it everywhere.  Seems I am fashion two seasons ago once again.That’s when I thought maybe there was something to making your own.  It is really cute stuff but again I don’t see myself using it all too often.  Oh but I love to make things so why not give it a go.  I’m sure there is money savings if you already have the majority of the supplies on hand.  So lets get to it!

First off, you will need two items to start with (boy, I’m seeing a pattern here) – a Xyron or similar sticker maker that leaves a backing and whatever tissue paper floats your boat.  I used white here but I heard there are lots of nice patterned tissue papers available.  I haven’t seen any but that just makes this project more interesting.  The rest of the supplies I use are optional.

Since I have the 2.5″ Xyron, I cut my tissue paper into strips of 2.5″ wide.  Then you just take your paper and proceed to crank it through.  Believe it or not, it goes in pretty smooth without a lot of fuss.  Out of 10 strips, only one crinkled and I wanted it to.

See, so nice and smooth.  Now, you could stop there but I am experimenting so its no holds barred!  I got out lots of inky goods to slap on my new tape.  With the backing on there it makes it sturdy enough to not worry about getting it soaked.

Here it is with some chalk ink and a present stamp.  It was kind of hard to know what kinds of designs I wanted.  I have no idea what I will use the tape for yet.

Another chalk ink in two different blues with a flower stamp.  Nice effect.

I cut them down into strips of about 1″.  I am thinking that would look better on a project and easier to manage.  Who knows.  The brown tape was made with my homemade Glimmer Mist, the next was a background stamp with black pigment ink then on the lower right corner is done with Faded Jeans and Broken China Distress Inks.

Here are a few all dried, rolled and ready to go.  I forgot to take a picture of the purple one.  It is two Distress Inks daubed on and then spritzed with a little water to blend them.  I think I like that one the best.

I just want to say, I know they are not the prettiest tapes I could have made but this was more about the method then showing my juvenile looking tapes.  I had lots of fun making these so practice makes perfect.  I am definitely going to try other methods and colors as soon as I go buy more adhesive.  ^__^  Any ideas?

Hope this tutorial inspired you to create your own and save a little bit of money!  Let me know if you try your hand at making Washi tape.  Have a great day and happy crafting!



  1. Great tutorial! You could even use the tissue paper that already has designs on it as well.

  2. Great idea! I’m going to have to give it a try. Thanks for the great tutorial.

  3. Thanks ladies! Kasi, I heard there was patterned paper, I just have yet to find it.

  4. Thanks for the tutorial Becki, I love it! I may have to give it a try today. It’s making me wish I had more background stamps 😛

    <3 Alyssa

  5. I know, Alyssa. I was thinking the same thing. Most of my stamps are your sentiment ones. LOL

  6. What a great idea. I’ve wanted to try Washi tape, but didn’t want to spend the money. I just happen to have all the supplies for this. TFS.

  7. Thanks, Rhonda. That’s what I am here for. ^__^

  8. So is there a reason why you chose to use chalk instead of ink on the tissue paper? I’m thinking pigment ink, heat set would work…OOOOMMMMMMMGGGGG, what about embossing powder heat set, THEN run through the tape runner?! Just sayin’….I’m not really into this either, but it’s a cool tutorial. Oh, just thought that around Christmas time (or after!) there’s usually patterned paper and red/green paper as well.

  9. Hi Jan, the reason I used chalk ink was because it was within arm’s reach. LOL The black ink is pigment and I used Distress Ink on the purple and blue tapes.

    Embossing powder sounds like a great idea but I had heard it is much better to ink and work with the tissue paper after it has a backing. Doesn’t hurt to try both ways. I also would be careful heating the tissue as it could go up in flames pretty quick. I use a Wagner heat gun from Home Depot for my embossing and heating needs so maybe the actual hair dryer type embossing ones don’t get as hot. LOL I don’t want to burn down my house just from crafting. What would the hubby say? ^__^

  10. Thank you for the great tutorial…I’m going to get some tissue paper and try it.

  11. G-ma, let me know how it comes out!

  12. Wow, you are so creative!

  13. Thanks girlie!

  14. This is so clever Becki! I need to make me some washi tape, and if I do…I’ll post a pic for ya.

  15. Cool, can’t wait! Make sure you take a little more time than me. I just don’t have a lot of image stamps to make these look better.

  16. Fromm the heart says:

    I like your way better than the other one I saw using tacky tape(that stuff is pricy) Would you please do a tutorial on the glimer mist you made and the alchol ink you made?

  17. Thanks, Fromm the heart! As far as the tutorial for glimmer mist and alcohol ink, I plan on getting to those eventually. ^__^ I just never use the alcohol ink, I was thinking the other day why in the world I even made it. LOL

  18. Sandra, that is a great idea! Thanks for posting it so others can benefit. I appreciate it!

  19. Hi, a cheaper way again is to use medical tape for gauze bandages, it is called micropore tape here in NZ. I use inks or watered down acrylic paint, and then stamp. To store it I put it on a piece of baking paper, I think you call it parchment paper. Works very well for me.

  20. Anonymous says:

    I just love all your money saving tips..Thank you for sharing..gonna try all of them.


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