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Book Review | Washi Tape by Courtney Cerruti

Washi Tape by Courtney Cerruti[Some links in this article may be affiliate links that help support the continued operation of Craft Critique if you make a purchase using them.]

Courtney Cerruti’s book “Washi Tape: 101+ Ideas for Paper Crafts, Book Arts, Fashion, Decorating, Entertaining, and Party Fun!” is full of quick and easy ideas for creating great projects with washi tape and decorative tape. 

The book begins with a short introduction to washi tape and examples of some of the different ways it can be used in DIY crafting. Courtney briefly reviews the various types of washi tapes on the market. She also touches on the decorative tapes that are sold with the washi tape name and those that are not, and points out the differences. It is brief overview but enough background to educate the reader about the tapes without taking up too much space in the book.

Washi TapeShe encourages the reader to try the various types and see which ones they enjoy working with. I have personally purchased both washi tapes and some of the new decorative tapes that are now available. Each type has good and bad features, and I use them according to the kind of project that I am creating.

After educating the reader on types of washi tape, the author explains what surfaces washi tape adheres well on, which lets the reader know that washi tape is not just for card making. Courtney also discusses which inks are good for writing on washi tape. The book includes ways to store tape, which is very helpful because once you get hooked on washi tape you will quickly build a collection!

Washi Tape Bead Jewelry Project by Maria DelPinto for Craft Critique.Courtney also teaches some techniques for working with the tapes, including how to properly layer tapes to get them to work with craft punches. I made the fun beads pictured above using the layering technique, and it really worked well. I intend to use them for a bracelet design I have planned.

The projects in Washi Tape are simple and easy to follow. They include paper projects, home decor projects, DIY projects and more. In her “Home Decor” DIY section, the author includes several simple ideas to use what you have on hand by decorating it with washi tapes. My favorite was the idea of using the washi tape to cover light switch cover plates!

Washi Tape Office Supply Project by Maria DelPinto for Craft CritiqueIn the book’s office section, I enjoyed Courtney’s phone charger project and office accessories projects.  I used the same ideas to cover the pad and binder clips above with washi tape to create a matched set. These came out so fun!

The book also includes fashion accessory projects, gift tags, party decor, ornaments, and so many more ideas. The projects are very simple which means you can do them in one crafting session, varying from being able to complete them in minutes to ones that require measuring and planning (for the wall art ideas). There was an especially great project for using washi tape as a decorative accent in hanging photos on a wall.  It looked great and does not leave any permanent marks on the wall!

Since this book is geared to introducing the reader to washi tape, it is perfect for a new crafter and would make an excellent gift for anyone who is new to crafting with washi and decorative tapes. Also, there are a lot of great ideas in this book and it is a good source for inspiration if you are trying to figure out a way to use all those cute washi tapes you may have purchased, like I did.

Pros:

  • Lots of Project Ideas.
  • Easy to follow directions.
  • Great DIY project ideas.
  • The book gave me more excuses to go out and buy more washi tape!
  • Storage projects with ideas on how to store washi tape efficiently.

Cons:

  • I got my copy on a Kindle. I prefer the print better so that I could quickly reference the project I wanted to find.
  • You may want to go out and buy more washi tape!
  • The book is written as an introduction to washi tape, along with ideas for crafting with them. If you are fairly familiar with washi tape, then this may not be the book for you.

Washi Tape: 101+ Ideas for Paper Crafts, Book Arts, Fashion, Decorating, Entertaining, and Party Fun! is available on Amazon.com in Kindle and Flexibound versions.

What types of washi tape do you use or projects do you make with them? Share your comments below and let us know.

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Maria Del Pinto

Maria Del Pinto

I have been crafting since I was a child and I love seeing what others create. I live near the beach so everything around me inspires me. I also enjoy activities where I re-purpose something old & discarded & make it into something cool. My favorite mantra is "Re-use, recycle, and re-make".

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3 Responses to Book Review | Washi Tape by Courtney Cerruti

  1. Nichole bruno April 27, 2015 at 9:56 am #

    I mark all my favorite pens with washi, use it as labels, to decorate page edges, in my planner, on scrapbook pages, I love washi! Bet this book has a lot of cool ideas I never even thought of.

  2. Barbara Burgess April 27, 2015 at 11:31 am #

    I love washi tape as well as decorative tapes. I covered a wooden “Create” sign to put in my studio. I also spent a lot of time trying to figure out a way to store my tapes I have about 75 rolls of tape. I finally purchased a two sided jewelry hanger that has plastic pockets. It is easy to see everything that I have. It hangs on my wall next to my ribbon storage. I think this book would be great, even for someone who has used washi tape. I may not be a beginner, but I can always learn more! Thanks for the review. I never even thought about a book about washi tape was available.

    • Maria
      Maria June 16, 2015 at 2:19 pm #

      Barbara, that is a great idea. I own so many that I am running out of places to store them.