Washi Tape Wednesdays – A DIY Storage Solution
Washi tape organization & storage – a quick and easy re-purposing project for YOU!
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Washi Tape Organization & Storage – Re-Purposing at its best!
A while back I DIY’d a simple storage solution for my washi, but I forgot to share it with you.
So, here ya go…
Now, as you know if you checked out last week’s Washi Tape Wednesdays storage idea post, you know this ‘small’ collection solution would no longer work for me (unless I made a bunch of them!).
Yup, I’ll admit it – I’m a washi addict and my collection has long outgrown this single DIY solution!
But, I’m willing to bet that at least a few of you could use this idea…that is, until the washi addiction takes hold of you too!
Today’s storage DIY project (an updated version of the one shown above) requires only three supplies, things we’re betting most all of you have on hand and one of which is FREE!
- an empty foil or waxed/parchment paper box
- a sheet or roll of wrapping or decorative paper
- double-sided adhesive
- optional: two Velcro dots, if you want to use, and have, them
Now lets’ get busy making our washi tape storage box…
Step One: Assemble Supplies & Tools
Gather the above supplies along with a few crafting tools:
- a pencil
- a bone folder
- a pair of scissors
Step Two: Readying Your Box for Its Covering
Unfold your box, being careful not to rip the end pieces as they will need to be attached to reassemble the box once you’ve wrapped it with your pretty paper.
Lay your box out flat (it should be fully open) and make sure the inside (unprinted side) of the box is facing up.
Tip: You may want to work the end pieces and box panels a bit so they lay flat (making it easier to trace around them).
Note: There will likely be a sharp, metal strip positioned along the edge of the box where the foil or parchment/waxed paper fed out (see above). This is a cutter for the foil or parchment/waxed paper and could also be used for cutting your washi tape as you pull it out. If you don’t want to tear your washi against this metal edge, I suggest you carefully remove this metal strip BEFORE proceeding. If you do want to use it for tearing your washi, you will want to run a strip of clear tape or washi just under the strip once your box is finished and before you add the Velcro closure dots (if you choose to add those). Why the strip of clear tape or washi under this strip? So you don’t accidentally tear your pretty box covering when you pull out the washi!
Step Three: Preparing Your Covering
Lay out your covering and make sure it’s large enough for covering your box, with room to spare on each side.
Now, place your opened box, printed side down, on top of the wrong (unprinted) side of your covering paper, and trace around the box.
The printed side of your box will be touching the unprinted (wrong) side of your covering.
Important: If your box covering has a pattern that only works when placed in a specific direction, or if there are specific parts of a pattern you want in a specific spot on the finished box, keep that in mind when you lay the covering out for tracing.
You don’t need to be exact when tracing, but the better job you do of tracing around your box, the neater the finished container will be.
Tip: hold the box in place as you do the tracing so it doesn’t slip!
Next, set your box aside and cut the paper along the drawn lines you just drew.
Step Three: Covering Your Box
Next you’ll need to apply double-sided tape to all of the box creases and edges, including to the tops of the flaps.
Important: You’re applying the tape to the printed side of the box, the side that was facing down when you traced your box onto your covering (see image directly above).
I prefer red-line (super sticky!) tape for this as it holds up better over time, but it is quite unforgiving so you’ll need to work carefully as you start pressing your covering to your box.
Now, if you’re using red-line tape, or another type of adhesive that has a ‘liner’ or covering that needs to be peeled off, you can now remove the liner/covering.
You’ll then lay your paper down, wrong (unprinted) side up, and start pressing your box, exposed adhesive (printed) side down, to your covering.
Again, the printed side of your box will be touching the unprinted (wrong) side of your covering.
Tip: As you adhere to the covering to the box, be sure to start at one end or side of the box and slowly press the covering in place so you get the edges properly aligned.
Tip 2: Fans can shift your covering so turn them off during this step (ask me how I know this!).
Press around all edges of your covered, open box to make sure the covering is well adhered on all sides and along the creases.
Step Four: Completing Your Washi Storage Unit
Now that your box is covered, bend each crease and flap of the box back and forth to make it easier to reassemble the box.
Next, apply double-sided adhesive to the outermost side flaps on each end of the box – you’re applying it to the right (printed) side of the outer two covered flaps and NOT to the middle flap.
Then, if your adhesive has a lining/cover, remove the lining/covering from the outer flaps and bend each flap in, one at a time, to the inside of the center flap on their respective ends.
The right (covered) side of the outer flaps will be adhered to the wrong (uncovered) side of the center flaps on each end of your box.
Tip: I like to press these in place really well!
And finally, add a strip of adhesive to the inside (wrong, uncovered) side of the center flap, fold that flap over the in-place outer flaps, and press everything in place – this provides extra assurance that the box will retain its shape and not come apart.
Step Five – Add an Optional Closure
And finally, if desired, add a set of Velcro dots to the front center of your re-asssembled box so it stays closed when not in use (this is an image from the previous box I created as I didn’t want to add Velcro to the box I created today, the box shown below).
Important: Remember, if you are keeping the metal tear strip (mentioned in step one above), consider adding a clear strip of tape or a piece of washi tape, just below the tear strip BEFORE adding your Velcro dots.
Additionally, if you want to add decorative elements to the edges of your washi storage unit, be sure to do it now, before you add your Velcro dots or another type of closure.
As you can see, I added red washi tape to the edges of the box above (a larger image is shown at the beginning of this post) – I have lots of red, white and black Disney items in my office/craft space and this added just the right touch so this new storage item fit well with my decor.
I prefer to place the male (rough) side of the Velcro on the outer front of the box and the female (soft) side of the Velcro on the inside of the box lid edge.
Tip: To line the Velcro dots up easily, adhere their male and female sides and, with them stuck to each other, stick the back of the female side to the inside of the box lid edge where you want your “lock” to be placed. Then close the lid and press lightly so the male side adheres itself to the center of the outer box front. You’ll then need to carefully separate the two dots, so they don’t come off their respective places on your box, and press each in place firmly before pressing the box lid back to the box to close it.
And voila – a super quick and easy DIY washi tape storage unit!
It took me much longer to photograph and post about this than it did to make it!
This project only took me about 15 minutes total – gotta love a quick and easy project!
Well, what do you think – are you game for a little storage DIY?
We’d love to hear what you think, and honesty counts!
Well, that’s it for washi tape organization and storage ideas today – we hope you enjoyed today’s re-purposing project!
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