Friday, October 24, 2014

A Little Crafty - Washi Tape Wall Decor

Today I'm taking a break from posting about our Washington D.C. trip, because I just got swept up in a moment of craftiness, and have to show you all.

The new shower curtain
Those of you who read my blog regularly know that I have some sort of obsession with washi tape.  I don't know what it is about those colored tapes that gets me, but I love putting together simple crafts using those fun little tapes.

Recently I redecorated our upstairs bathroom, and when all the new towels and accessories were finally in place, I looked around and realized I still needed a little sumthin sumthin.

As you can see there in the photo, the shower curtain is full of lovely bright colors, but the opposite wall of the room is just one long boring, beige stretch.  I needed some pictures.

So, go get the washi tape, of course.  Those large flowers there on the curtain were sending me some inspiration.

I needed two picture frames for this project, which I found at a BOGO (buy one, get one free) sale at my local craft store.  That was basically the only cash I laid out for this adventure, as I already had the colored scrapbook papers and a good assortment of colored and printed washi tapes.

First I removed the mat from the picture frame and cut a piece of colored scrapbook paper to fit behind it.  I used tape to affix the paper to the back of the mat.

Next I selected the rolls of tape I wanted to use.  I tore several pieces off of each roll and stuck them onto a piece of waxed paper.  I learned long ago that it's easier to cut shapes from washi
tape if it's stuck onto something sturdy rather than to try cutting them right off the roll.  As you can see, I've already cut out one of the leaf shapes.

Then I cut out whatever shapes were needed, peeled them off the waxed paper and stuck them down to build together the flower.  I didn't have a firm plan when I started, other than what colors to use.

And finally, after a very relaxing hour or so, here is the first finished flower.

I started again with the second frame, removing the mat and adding the background paper.  Using differently colored tapes, I constructed a second flower.  Somewhat similar to the first, but unique in its own way, too.

Finally, I carefully installed the matted flowers behind the glass and into their frames.  There they are on that wall that so badly needed them, and I am pretty pleased with the way they turned out.  They added just the pop of color I wanted to go with the pattern on the shower curtain.

These are the kinds of crafts I enjoy doing the most - cheap, quick, uncomplicated, and the end product is useful and looks good.

Now, here's another crafty scene that I cannot make any sense of.  I took this photo along the road during one of my recent road trips, and I have no idea what this is all about.  What do you think?

Strange stuff there.

1 comment:

  1. Hello from Australia - I had never heard of washi tape. Thank you for introducing me to it - I will further research the manny uses it has. I think the colorful display around the tree represents under sea coral - the fish is a big hint..lesalp.blogspot.com.au cheers for now