Before and After: Geometric Wall Art

created at: 11/14/2012

Normally, my go-to supply for DIY art projects is paint, but this before and after is making me think twice. I wonder if this would work with washi tape.   

created at: 11/14/2012

The Glamourai herself, Kelly Framel, shows us how to make a tumbling block geometric art piece with a few rolls of decorative tape. I love the way it turned out. What do you think or the ‘after’?

How To: Make Washi Tape Magnets

created at: 10/24/2012

We’ve shown you 5 clever ways to decorate with washi tape and even some cool washi tape storage jars, but what about bringing a little of this tape-loving action to the kitchen (or home office)? Here’s a simple afternoon project that will do just that!          


Keep fridges or memo boards organized with these DIY washi tape magnets. They’re a cinch to make and only require three materials: washi tape, scissors, and magnets. Check out Twirling Betty for more instructions and tips!

How to Make a “Sponge” Lamp from Masking Tape!

created at: 09/17/2012

What would you say if I told you that this “sea sponge” lamp was actually made from… wait for… masking tape?! It’s true!     

This delicate-looking lamp, reminiscent of underwater organisms, is made from dozens (hundreds?) of pieces of rolled-up tape. It’s pretty brilliant, honestly. My only concern would be the inevitable dust factor. Maybe you could spray it with some kind of varnish or clear coat?

If you want to try your hand at making your own tape sponge lamp, check out the photo-heavy tutorial over on Design Sponge*. Continue Reading

Roundup: 5 Ways to Decorate with Washi Tape!

created at: 03/30/2012

Ahh, washi tape.  The craft-o-sphere’s wunderkind!  This seemingly all-purpose material can be found gracing the surfaces of everything from Easter eggs to vases and now… walls!  Check out a few of our favorite unexpected decorative uses for this craft supply miracle!   


created at: 03/30/2012

1. This apartment in France uses washi tape in every bedroom, adding a nice pop of color and whimsy!  See more here. [Photo: Julien Fernandez]

2. Created as a backdrop for a neon-themed wedding, this door’s architectural detailing gets some serious “oomph”.   Continue Reading

Pattern Tape for Awesome DIY Picture Frames.

Fun Frame DIY

I don’t know how it happened, but somehow, I ended up on the HappyTape blog, subtitled “pretty, pretty tape, imported from Japan.” Apparently, some cats in Japan are making some amazing patterned, re-stickable tape, and it’s going by the name…you guessed it, Japanese tape.

A little further reserach found this post from Decor 8, on using the stuff to create easy frames for pictures and art. Now, this I can get into.

Scotch’s New TOUGH Duct Tapes

created at: 2009-10-13

You’ve got to hand it to the perspicacious folks at 3M, who have a remarkable way of making things better that we thought were just fine to begin with. Case in point: Duct tape. Apparently, gray, tough and sticky were not enough. Scotch from 3M has now come up with FIVE new versions of the stuff, all with unique traits that just might make life easier. Here they are:

  • Scotch Tough Duct Tape – No Residue.
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Recycle Carpet Samples

created on: 12/10/08

It’s time for me to take a break from Christmas decor.  When I think about the fresh, new year, I get giddy about cleaning, clearing, and being creative with inexpensive materials.  Lucky for me, Readymade has provided three ideas from Jen Trolio for reusing carpet samples.  Lowe’s,  Home Depot and some supersize stores always seem to have an abundance of carpet samples available right after New Year’s Day.  With a utility knife, a straight edge and duct tape, boring carpet samples can be transformed into a dandy floor runner, a tactile headboard and a wacky flower vase.  Continue Reading