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Monday, 17 September 2012

Fantastic Ribbons DT Washi Tape Boxes - Monday 17th September

Washi Tape Month at Fantastic Ribbons!

I was thrilled when I was recently asked to become one of the new members of Fantastic Ribbons Design Team and as someone who loves ribbon, how excited am I to be bringing you a monthly project using this crafting 'must have'!

This month we are looking at ways with washi tape, something which I have to admit to never having used before, but now that I have, I am quite addicted and can't stop thinking up ideas.

 I decided to make a box for my first project: in fact, I made one box and gift wrapped another  - and wow! This is my gift wrapping sorted from now on!

 I cut out my first box using  a simple exploding box template and chose to work with two different designs of washi tape from Art Deco and Cranberry and Gold collections, alternating them around the sides of the box.

I decided to  cover the inside of the box as well, but covered opposite sides with stripes and script and used a square of black card on the base to strengthen it.

The  lid is covered in the same way as the base, but I laid the tape in the opposite direction to give contrast. 

To finish off I made a bow for the top simply by cutting several  lengths of tape about 10cms and folding them in half to make them double-sided. For the little rose on top I took a length of tape (about 25cms) and folded it in half length ways. It's easier if you start off by wrapping it around tweezers or a pokey tool. Once you've got it started, ease it off and then just keep folding  to form your rose. You don't have to be accurate, if you leave some 'sticky' it will help it keep together. You may need a little glue to hold it, but all I did to finish was add a little glitter.
 The second box is a gift box, wrapped in brown parcel paper; I used  washi tape from Candy Floss for the wrap, finishing off with a flower made in the same way as the bow, but with more layers and I snipped the ends with deckle edge scissors and scrunched it up a little. I topped this with a sentiment and button threaded with a washi tape bow.

Box Template: Billie's Craft Room

That's all from my first project, hope you like it!

Carole Z X


  1. I used Washi tape at a Make and Take at the NEC last year but wasn't overly enthusiastic wondering how much use I would get out of it. I would never have dreamed of using it like this. It's great Carole . I love the covered box. Christine x

  2. Good Monday Morning Carole,
    I have never used Washi Tape, have looked at it but just thought this is NOT for me.
    Might have to change my mind on this, love how you have used it.

    Patricia xx

  3. Hi Carole, as a typical crafter I bought some and then had no idea what to do with it so it is languishing in a cupboard. After seeing your gorgeous makes, especially the exploding box, I think I will have a go.... thank you for the inspiration! Crafty hugs, Anne x

  4. I am like everyone above Carole - I have the stuff but have never used it. Thank yo so much for showing us these boxes - I am now more enthused than I was before!!! I will try and give it a go now - once I have found it that is!!! I like both examples but particularly love the Washi Taped box - gorgeous.

    Hugs Sue P xxx

  5. Hi Carole,
    another couple of fab creations. They are sooooooo lovely. Have I been asleep, as I have never heard of washi tape. lol. Congrats on your new appointment.
    Have a wonderful crafty day everyone.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  6. Hi Carole, sorry I am late commenting on your post. Like Jenny I have never heard of or seen Washi Tape. These boxes are fantastic and such a clever idea. Congratulations on becoming a member of the Fantastic Ribbons design team. Hope you are continuing to enjoy your holiday, love Christine H xx

  7. Hi Carole, these are lovely! So pretty and a great idea.x