What Exactly is Washi Tape?

We’ll be honest: prior to joining Paperchase, we too were oblivious about washi tapes, the little crafting marvels and we had lots of questions after hearing the word at least ten times a day. 

It sounds like tape you’d use for laundry or, depending on what you get up to in the shower, something you take into the bathroom. It’s actually a decorative adhesive tape made from traditional Japanese paper (wa meaning ‘Japanese’ and shi meaning ‘paper’) that’s great for craft or journaling. 


Okay, but washo special about it? 

Unlike western paper which is made from tree pulp, washi comes from Japanese shrubs. Typically, it’s made from ganpi, kozo, mistumata or sometimes hemp, but it can be fashioned from almost any plant 

The fact that washi tape is made out of highly renewable resources and is biodegradable means it’s a great addition to your new sustainable lifestyle. So yes, you can recycle your washi tape! 

No need to wield any sharp scissors, washi tape is easy to tear by hand which makes it a great kid-friendly resource and for the scribblers out there, it’s easy to write on if plain paper is too “done” for you. 

It’s durable, waterproof AND heatproof – in case of water-bottle-in-bag leakage, craft-time-wine spillage or if for whatever artistic reason you need to take a hairdryer to your journal (no judgement, you do you). And it will peel off without damage to be used again, meaning it’s great value for money and a tick in the waste-reduction box. 

Folk Art Washi Tapes 10m - Pack of 8, £10.00 - Shop here

Pastel Washi Tape 10m - Pack of 8, £8.00 - Shop here

Mr Men & Little Miss Washi Tapes - Set of 4, £5.00 - Shop here

Planning Washi Tapes - Set of 8, £8.00 - Shop here

Discover all our wonderful washi tapes here.


A row of multicoloured washi tapes


And what do I do with washi tape?

Washi is great for scrapbooking, either to embellish or just as a more vibrant way to stick down other pieces.


Creative journal page layout


Make sure your present is the prettiest in the pile by using washi to tape down your wrapping paper. If you want to make sure that’s kind to the environment too then read about recyclable wrapping paper here.


Wrapping presents with washi tape


Learn how to jazz up your journal with bright colours and vibrant patterns using washi tape.


Eco friendly creative journal spread


Of course, we have loads of great, affordable washi tape on our website and in-store. Don't forget to share your works of washi art on social, too!

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