June 27, 2012

Washi Tape Storage

I've become quite the washi tape collector, as I'm sure several of you have, too! 

I've been wracking my brain to come up with a good way to store it all so that it can still easily be used, 
and I finally came up with a brilliant idea! 

You know those wooden boxes you can get at Hobby Lobby
They turn out to be the perfect size to store rolls of washi tape! 
Mine is the 9"x6"x3" box. 

So you could just stick the tape in the box and be done... 
or you could take it a step further like I did! 

Want to see? 

We're going to use dowel rods to hold the tape (1/2" in diameter), so mark off where you want them to go. 
I suggest not trimming the dowels down to size yet. We'll get to that in a couple of steps.

I marked 1 & 1/2 inches from the outside of the box in on the front and back of the box on each side and marked off the width of my dowels.

You're going to need a router of some sort. 
Mine comes in the form of a handy Dremel attachement.

Slowly start routing out the marked area on the box. 

You want to gouge out about halfway through the wood. 

This will make a little "shelf" for the dowel to rest on. Make sure you go far enough down the inside of the box so that the top of the dowel will be not be effected closing the box.

Speaking of the dowels, now is the time to trim them down to size! 
Mark where you need to make your cut then carefully saw off the part you need. 
I can't tell you a definite lengths because it will depend on how much you gouged out of the sides of the box.

Make 2 and sand the edges.

Your dowels should fit nicely in your new grooves.

Almost done now! 

What? You thought that was the end? 
Oh no, one more thing to do! 

Incidentally you can fit your washi tape inside of an empty AL foil box. ;)
I suppose you could cover it with scrapbook paper and use this for storage, too.

I'm more interested in the metal teeth on the box!

Trim off the metal teeth along with about 1/2" of the cardboard and measure how long it needs to be to fit the front of your box.

Using old scissors, trim the teeth down to size. 

Apply some adhesive (I used Beacon's 3-in-1) to the cardboard and place it against the inside front side of the box. Let the metal teeth stick up above the wood. I should actually have made mine a little higher.

Clamp it on with "craft" clamps (a.k.a. clothespins!).

Add your washi tape to the dowel rods and you're all set! 
You can also move the front dowel to the back slot and the back to the front since the dowels simply lift out of the slots if you need to.

When you close up the box and carry it around the dowels will stay perfectly in place.

Now I just need to decorate my box!

What do you think?

Is this something you think you could use?
Do you have any other ideas for washi tape storage?
I would love to hear them!

I link to these fun parties!


  1. BRILLIANT! I love all of it, and adding the spikes from the foil tube is so clever!

  2. Oh gosh - this is super smart Michele!! You are so good at coming up with cute, creative storage ideas. Can you come visit me and help my sad organizing? lol. LOVE the box!!!

  3. What a creative idea! I can't wait to see what you do to the outside of the box - I know it will be amazing. :)

  4. oooooo.... now I just need to find some of the tape.

  5. Great idea! I love how you added the metal part from the aluminum foil so you can actually cut the tape right in its new storage home.

  6. I really like how you used the cutting teeth at the end of the box! Brilliant! Smiles, Jill

  7. Such a great idea!!!! Thanks you so much for sharing! Pinning!!!

  8. This is SO cute, Michele! I can't believe I still have yet to buy some washi tape and try a project. Going on my to-do list ASAP! :)

  9. I loved it when I just thought it was storage but when I saw that you used the teeth from the foil container, it became brilliant! You're so clever!

  10. Oh so fabulous! I will be doing this too! Thank you so much for sharing your brilliance! :)
    Kindest regards,

  11. This s cute,

    I would love for you to add this to my craft, creat and inspire linky party....

  12. I desperately need to get my tape under control and this is such a brilliant way to do it and how genius to use the cutting edge from the foil box!!!

  13. I just had my first washi tape experience. I love your idea for storage - especially the foil cutter on the edge. Clever.

  14. You are a genius! I love how this turned out! Stopping by from the Sundae Scoop! Pinning!!

    Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

  15. LOVE IT! Must Pin this.... You are so clever!

  16. Hi there! I love this storage idea! too cute! I am having a Sunday Blog Hop and would love for you to link up your cute blog.

    Danielle @ Blissful and Domestic


  18. ADORABLE! I love the wooden box, makes it super easy to take with you. I would love if you linked them up to Show Off Monday @


  19. This is such a clever idea, I especially love that you added the little cutter to the edge of the box. Genius!

  20. That is an awesome idea and I love that you thought about reusing the teeth from the foil box!!! You always have the best ideas:-)

  21. This is SO cute!! Hope you can link this up at my trendy tuesday!!

  22. Such a clever idea! I will have to remember this as my tape collection continues to grow.

  23. Great idea and awesome storage space! I am visiting from the Tater tots and Jello link up and thought I would stop by and say hi. I am a new follower! Hope you will stop by and do the same.


  24. Great project Michele-super way to store your tape. I've never seen washi tape in real life... lol

  25. NOW THAT IS SUPER SMART!!! I just discovered washi tape, and now I can't wait to get some of my own!

    The Joyful Thrifter

  26. This is both cute and clever. I need one. I would love for you to share it on my linky party!
    Marcie @

  27. What a great idea! You could do the same for your ribbon storage if you found the right-size box! I'll have to be on the lookout for those wooden boxes! TFS!!!

  28. Love this idea! Especially the clever AL foil cutting strip- brilliant!

  29. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday - you were featured today!!

  30. You are in the Talent Show today over on COM- hugs, jen

  31. Very cute idea! It might be fun to do something like this with spools of ribbon too

  32. I have no idea what washi tape is. Please explain? Im new at all this DIY stuff.

    1. Washi tape is Japanese paper tape. People use it for decorative purposes mostly. Megan left a comment below with a great link explaining it! :)

  33. Love this idea but I'm wondering how it works if you need to cut tape from the back row? Does it work out all right or does it get tuck on the rolls in the front?
    @ Carol Jane: Washi tape is all the rage right now; it is a decorative paper tape from Japan that comes in all kinds of patterns. Here's a link to a post I found that explains it in more detail:

    1. Hi Megan! I'm so glad you asked! I meant to put that in the blog post and completely forgot. (Adding the info now!)

      The dowels simply lift out so you can move the front dowel to the back slot and vice versa. :)

      And thank you so much for sharing the link explaining washi tape!

  34. You are the bomb girl. What a awesome idea. Love it and all your other ideas. Keep sharing.

  35. Cool boxes.

    I would be doing my personalized one as well.

    Very Creative!:)

  36. Howdy,
    Nifty idea.

    I actually made mine easier, using the dowel rods that cme with my Fancy Pants 'Brag Book' scrapbooks. No measuring or drilling needed!

    I put my rolls of twine in a wax paper dispenser box. Covered it with plain masking tape until I have time to cover masking tape with washi tape.

    GIVEAWAY ends Dec 31, 2012

  37. Love this! Featured your link on my blog!

  38. Like like like! Wow.......great idea! Now i copy!


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