What is Washi Tape and How to Make a Reindeer

by Rachel Baker on December 17, 2013

Okay, so Washi Tape…I didn’t really know what it was until last year, and… a year later, I’m still not sure. sheknows.com has a wonderful explanation and for your viewing pleasure, I’m including Threadbanger’s great youtube video on how to make a washi tape reindeer.

Often called wasabi tape by mistake, washi tape does originate from Japan, so we can see how the two terms are easily confused! But, washi tape has nothing to do with the spicy condiment that you eat with your sushi. The best way we can describe washi tape is that it feels like masking tape — very, very pretty masking tape. It’s made of paper, but is not as delicate as you would expect. Plus, it comes in patterns and designs that will make even the most dedicated crafters swoon and varying widths to allow you to create some fun and intricate washi tape designs.

Washi tape is typically made from natural fibers, such as bamboo or hemp, but most commonly from the bark of trees that are native to Japan — the mulberry, the mitsumata shrub or the gampi tree. Most washi tapes are strong (as strong as duct tape in some cases!) and functional as well as pretty, making them wonderful for both everyday and decorative use.

Read more about Washi Tape here:

Here’s the video on how to make a Washi Tape Reindeer from Threadbanger:



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