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DIY Washi Tape Pencil Toppers

DIY Washi tape pencil toppers

I can’t remember the last time I posted a washi tape craft on Zakka Life.  I do know It’s long overdue.  So today I’m sharing how to make washi tape pencil toppers.  These toppers easily slide on and off pencils.  They’re also easy to make.


Wide straws – I use bubble tea straws that you can get at the Asian market.  You can also look for smoothie straws.  Unfortunately those pretty paper straws do not work for this project.  They’re too skinny and will not fit over the pencil which is important.


Washi tape – any color or print

DIY Washi Tape Pencil Toppers 31.  With scissors, cut your straw into 2in pieces.

2.  Place a small piece of washi tape on top of the straw.

3. Cut the edges of the tape and stop at the straw.  Refer to dotted lines in fig. 3.

4.  Fold all pieces of tape down on the sides of the straw.

DIY Washi Tape Pencil Toppers 45. Wrap a piece of tape around the top of the straw to cover up the tape from step 4.

6.  Continue to wrap pieces of tape around the straw until it covers the whole thing.  You can stick with the same color or change the colors/prints as you go.

7. Wrap a 5in piece of washi tape around the top of the straw.  The tape should extend out and come together (sticky sides together) to make the flag.

8. Trim the flag by cutting out a “V” shape on the side of it.

DIY Washi tape pencil toppers 2To personalize the pencil toppers, write a name or initials on the flag.


Photos + Washi Tape = Cute Gift Wrap

DIY Photo Gift WrapNeed an excuse to use your washi tape stash or buy more for it?  Try out this washi tape framed photo technique that can be used on gift wrap or any flat surface.

Lets get wrapping!

DIY photo giftwrapSupplies:

Printed Photo with a white border that is half the width of your tape (refer to picture)

Washi tape


Parchment paper

DIY Photo Gift Wrap 3Lay a piece of parchment paper down for your crafting surface.  Place your photo on top of it.  Now, place four pieces of tape on the sides of your photo.  The tape should only cover the border and hang half way off the sides of the photo. All four corners of tape should overlap.  Refer to the picture above.

DIY Photo Gift Wrap 4Lift up one corner of the tape and cut the tape corner to corner.  You’re only cutting the tape, not the photo.

DIY Photo Gift Wrap 5After you cut the tape, it should look like the photo above. You’ll now have two little pieces of tape on each side that can be removed.  Carefully peel these off.

DIY Photo Gift Wrap 6When you pull off the two small pieces of tape, you will get a perfect mitered corner.  Repeat these steps for all corners of your picture.

DIY Photo Gift Wrap 2Peel the entire piece off you parchment paper and attach it to your wrapped gift. Done.

Gift wrapping tip –  Keep a roll of white gift wrapping paper on hand so you will be ready for any occasion.  I like to use the white ribbed paper that’s sold at Michaels.

DIY Origami Box with a Printable

Printable Origami Box 6Today’s craft project is actually two tutorials rolled into one.  First, I’m going to show you how to print directly on origami paper with an inkjet printer.  I even made a few templates for you to use.  Second, I’ll be sharing directions on how to fold a basic origami box.  Lets get started.

Printable Origami Box 5

How to Print on Origami Paper


Template (click here and print on white card stock)

Bow Template (click here)

Class of 2015 Template (click here)

6in x 6in  origami paper

Washi Tape


Printable Origami Box

1.  Take four strips of origami tape and place them on a blank piece of cardstock. Now, slowly peel them off. This is going to lessen the strength of the tape, that way it will not ruin the origami paper.

2. Tape down a piece of origami paper in the square template.  Make sure none of the tape is peeling up or wrinkled.  You don’t want to jam your printer.

3.  Place paper in printer and choose one of the templates to print (bow or class of 2015).  Make sure you feed the paper into the printer the same way you did with the first template so it prints in the same place.

Printable Origami Box 2

4.  Wait for the ink to dry.  Carefully pull off tape.  You’re now ready to fold a box.

Other options

*Use your own pictures and sayings to print.  Make a basic 6in square template like I did.  Copy that template and add an image to it.

* You could also print one of the templates on colored paper and cut out the square.

How To Fold an Origami Box

Printable Origami Box 3

Origami Box Directions

1.  Fold paper in half, unfold (refer to dotted lines).

2.  Fold all corners to the center of the paper (refer to dotted lines).

3.  Your paper should now look like this.  Turn 90 degrees.

4. Fold both sides to center, unfold.

5. Fold the top and bottom of paper to center, unfold.

6. Unfold left and right sides.

7.  Fold the top and bottom of the paper to the center.

8.  Fold according to dotted lines.

9.  Fold according to dotted lines.

10.  Fold top and bottom flap up at 90 degrees.  You will begin to see the box forming.

11.  Fold right and left flaps up and over to create the box.  Refer to dotted lines.

12. Done.

Printable Origami Box 4Use these origami boxes for favors, gifts, and more.

DIY Miniature Colored Pencils

DIY Miniature Colored Pencils 3Last Wednesday I mentioned I would be re-posting my miniature colored pencil tutorial.  It was originally posted in 2011. I can’t believe it has been that long?!  Since it has been a while, I made a new batch of mini colored pencils and took some new photos.

This is a great craft for kids and doesn’t take much time to make.  The little pencils can also be used for cards, scrapbooking, collages, etc.

DIY Miniature Colored Pencils 2Just for fun, I made some mini washi tape rolls.  I even folded a mini origami box to hold it in.  I also folded a tiny crane.  The ruler was a leftover charm from a previous craft.

DIY Miniature Colored Pencil Tutorial


Plain toothpicks



Colored markers – various colors

DIY Miniature Colored Pencils 4

Craft Tips

*Be careful when cutting the toothpick.  The other half shoots into the air if you don’t hold it.

*Sand in one direction to keep the wood from splitting.

*Have a piece of paper under your toothpick when coloring it.  Some of the marker will rub off until it dries.

DIY Miniature Colored Pencils

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