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Washi Tape and Ephemera Bookmark: 1 of 2

Washi Tape and Ephemera Bookmark Tutorial

In my quest for the perfect bookmark, I took it upon myself to create something I would love. Join me for this two-part series in which I’ll detail what went right, what could have gone better, and my general search for bookmark Nirvana.

Attempt 1:

I began my journey simply: create an attractive, functional bookmark using washi tape I love and ephemera I already own. After a (decidedly longer than necessary) period of deciding which tapes matched what decorations, I assembled my basic supplies:

  • Washi Tape (I used 2 rolls for this bookmark; use however many makes you happy!)
  • Ephemera Decorations (Again, 2 pieces here but do not let that limit you.)
  • Cardstock
  • Scissors/Cutting Implements
  • Adhesive (I used a tape runner, but regular tape or glue could work fine)
  • Lamination Supplies (optional)

Creating a Washi Tape Bookmark

I settled on a size of 2” by 6” and cut a piece from my cardstock to that size.

Supplies for making a Washi Tape Bookmark

In my previous washi tape craft endeavors, I have learned that wrapping washi tape around things, while not impossible, is more difficult and time consuming than I cared to invest in this simple project. So I decided to just make a one-sided bookmark for my first go-round, alternating my tapes on the diagonal.

Applying washi tape to create my bookmark

When I had covered the entire front of my bookmark in tape I used a rotary cutter and mat to trim the excess washi tape edges. Here I found that trimming a very minor edge from the cardstock to support the washi tape was much easier and more effective than just trying to trim the washi tape to the existing edge.

Washi tape bookmark with ephemera attached

I attached my ephemera using my tape runner, then sat back to admire my work. After about 2 minutes, however, I realized I wanted to seal the whole thing down and went ahead and ran it through my laminator. This step is totally optional and – if I had made this decision at the beginning – I probably would not have felt the need to use sturdy cardstock since the lamination itself adds some rigidity.

Finished one-sided washi tape bookmark with ephemera

What I Learned from Washi Tape Bookmark #1

My end result was a beautiful bookmark… that was blank on the back. Nothing technically wrong with it, but felt a little unfinished. Now, if I were giving this as I gift I could have written a short, sweet note on the bookmark prior to laminating and that would have added a great personal touch! I will certainly try that at some point.

Look out for my next blog on how I decided to try a double-sided washi tape bookmark without the “tape wrapping” headache.

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