Handmade

DIY Washi Tape Swatch Sheet

I have been loving putting pen to paper for a few years now and really enjoy making beautiful friendships through the disappearing art of letter writing. With each letter I send out I simply love including a few extra things in the envelope such as stickers, die-cuts, gift tags, little cards or notes but have never really included washi tapes (since they are so bulky) until now.

For this mini DIY project you’ll need:

  • Polypropylene sheets
  • Washi tapes
  • Cutting mat
  • Craft knife
  • Corner cutter
  • Scissors
  • Permanent Markers (for optional decorating)

Step-by-step Process:

  • Cut the polypropylene sheets to the size you want. If you’re planning on sending this in your snail mail make sure you make it small enough to fit into your envelope!
    Round off the corners to eliminate sharp edges. Scissors may also be used to cut the corners.
    For this next step you can decorate the swatch with markers that are smudge-resistant for a creative touch! This is optional of course.
    Now the fun part – choose which washi tapes you’d like to stick on the swatch and wind the tape around as many times as you like. The more tape, the heavier your letter will be.
    And there you have it! Get as creative as you like, there really are no rules for this DIY.

DIY

DIY: Recycled Magazine Mirror

On this rainy Sunday, I thought I’d sit down and create something. After all, what else are Sundays for? I’m going to show you how to make a funky mirror like one I recently saw on my favourite tv show, One Tree Hill (it appears in episodes #609 – Sympathy For The Devil and #716 – My Attendance Is Bad, But My Intentions Are Good). 

Image courtesy of Urban Outfitters

I opted to make a smaller version because I didn’t have the space to hang a large circular mirror but the process is the same no matter what size mirror you’re working with. Let’s get started!

Tools Needed

Step 1

Tear out some pages from the magazines you no longer wish to read. Here I used an old interior design magazine I wasn’t very interested in reading again. It’s a good idea to cut the torn edge of the page so that it’s straight and you have a nice page to work with.

Step 2

Now that you’ve got all your magazine pages ready, take a straw and roll a page around it until you have a tight cylinder form.

Rolling

Step 3

Put glue on the edge of the roll and push down to secure it. Repeat rolling and glueing for all the magazine pages you’ve cut out. It will take you some time to complete, so don’t hurry with this step.

Glueing

Step 4

Think about the look you’d like your mirror to have. With some scissors cut down the tubes to the right size required and put aside.

Rolled Pages

Step 5

Use a glue gun or some strong glue to secure the rolls onto the mirror. Work from the centre outwards and make sure the rolls are glued tightly beside one another. You don’t want gaps!

First

Step 6

Allow to dry and prepare the next rolls to size, as per your design. You can be really creative and make any shaped arrangement you like. I’ve chosen to make all my rolls the same size but it’s entirely up to you how you want your mirror to look. Glue down the next few rolls.

SecondStep 7

Continue the process of cutting and glueing.

Third

Step 8

Glue down the last batch of rolls, completely covering the black surface.

Fourth

And there you have it! The mirror looks funky, colourful and 3-dimensional and can be hung in any waterproof area of your home!

Final Result