DIY Fun with ‘Paper + Tape: Craft and Create’

'Cut, tape, fold' and get creative with this book from Marisa Edghill. Get the scoop on her latest book here.

A book all about DIY fun with washi tape couldn’t have been released a better time – we’re right in the middle of National Letter Writing Month! And nothing goes better with a handmade card than a good layer of washi tape. DIY lover, and washi tape enthusiast, Marisa Edghill’s latest book is Paper + Tape: Craft and Create, a handmade guide to creating, folding, taping and more with paper crafts. Known online as @omiyage_ca, Edghill is paper tape expert.

In her latest book, which hit store shelves last month, she offers more than 75 projects and techniques for working with supplies like washi tape. For someone who’s new to the world of washi, or looking for a way to share it with someone else like a young crafter, it’s a colorful, picture-heavy guide through the world of paper crafting.

Not sure what kind of paper crafting supplies to have on hand? No problem. Edghill recommends some of her must-haves that make creating with paper a snap.

With National Letter Writing Month on the brain, I was really drawn to her templates for making your own stationery that you then decorate with washi tape! I love the idea of a junior snail mail lover not only taking the time to sit down and write, but making the very notecard the message is delivered in, too. I decorated my envelope note set with pencil washi tape and some oversized circle stickers.

Another reason I love this project is that it’s great tracing practice for smaller hands. Instead of ripping the template page out of the book or running to the office supply store to make a copy, have your child trace the templates onto tracing paper to then trace again on heavier paper for a reusable template.

From creating strands of mini garlands to learning the basics of making your own stickers, Paper + Tape is one of those books you’ll find your family reaching for time after time when they’re in the mood to sit down and have some crafty fun. To get a feel for Edghill’s project, take a look at this excerpt from the book on how to make your own woven washi tape basket.

While we’re on the subject of washi tape, one of my most favorite finds at Paper Source recently has been this Unicorn Tape Dispenser, complete with two rolls of rainbow tape. If your child loves washi tape, this silly dispenser is a must!


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