washi & deco tape organization...sorta

I have been collecting washi and deco tape for years now...and now that this awesome tape is so huge, it's easier and easier to get a variety of wonderful patterns.

I often use a bunch of different tapes in my scrapbooking especially...I love the effect they can bring to a project. Recently I decided it was time to sort through my collection...and, truthfully, I was stunned when I was done going through my stash. I couldn't believe I had as many tapes as I did...and I certainly had forgotten about a whole lot of the patterns I owned.

I decided I needed a way to view all my tapes at once...they had been in a big canister...but it couldn't be too big...I don't have tons of storage. So, I started searching around my house and this is what I came up with.

I started in my kitchen...I grabbed a little cherry tomato basket...then I headed to my basement and "uprooted" some fake flowers from their little pot and found some styrofoam in the bottom. I grabbed that too...

Pretty, huh? yikes...

My idea was starting to take shape...

Then I grabbed some 12" dowels I had left over from my corker-bow-making days and about 1/2 hour later this is what I had...

I simply cut the styrofoam to fit into the little basket, covered the basket with some of my tape, stuck the dowels in & done. OH! I did decoupage  (with DecoArt's DecouPage) the tape to the basket because, as you may or may not know, washi tape is not the stickiest stuff around.

Now I can see every single roll of tape I own, and I can take some off the roll without disturbing the other tapes...

It's probably not the prettiest or most creative way to display/organize my stash, but it definitely works for me. And it was free...

So what do you think? I'd love to hear!


  1. This is a great idea! I love how it allows you to see it all at once :)

  2. What a great collection of tape ... and a great way to store it.

  3. How clever! Love the idea of using dowel rods - perfect!

  4. Wow, that is a lot of tape! Love many of the patterns you have. I think this is a great way to store it...stylish but functional.

  5. That is an impressive collection!! I love a good storage DIY =) Where do you buy your tapes from? I'm trying to find some lace effect washi at the moment to use on wedding invitations, but can't find anything just right.

  6. Love the way you organized your washi tape, Maggie! There's something rather Seussical and charming about it. Clever and do-able too. You have a terrific collection of tapes!

  7. Bright, cheery and colorful - just like you!

  8. Where do you buy your Washi tape? I have been wanting to stock up!

  9. Gotta love free! :) Plus all the tape designs make it look bright and pretty! You DO have a ton of patterns! Love it!

  10. Very creative! Curious... where do you find/buy/order your Washi tape? I've wanted to try it but can't find any locally. Thanks for sharing your ideas! AJ@queenofmynest


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