Hey sports fans!  Are you ready for March Madness?  This time next week the brackets will be set and the first 4 games will be underway.  I can’t wait!  How about you?

Today I’m continuing my series of DIY crafts that can easily be made using your favorite sports team colors, for team spirit on game day and every day!  A few weeks ago we did an easy bookmark project that used washi tape and recycled envelopes, and today I’m back with more simple bookmarks that you can whip up in just a few minutes.

Today’s bookmarks also use washi tape.  Why?  Because I have recently become more than a little obsessed, that’s why!

Wait!  What?  You haven’t heard of washi tape?  Washi tape is a lot like masking tape or painters tape, because it is adhesive backed, and very easy to pull up and reposition.  It’s about as sticky as a post-it note, making it really easy to work with.  And it comes in hundreds (if not thousands) of colors and patterns, so you are sure to fall in love the first time you go shopping for some of your own.

So hurry to your favorite craft store to grab a few rolls, and give this easy bookmark project a try.

Step 1 – Gather supplies

You will need the following:

  • Thick paper (white cardstock works best)
  • Washi tapes (available at craft stores or Amazon)
  • Scissors
  • Ruler (optional)

Pic 1 - Supplies

Step 2 – Cut the Paper to size

  • Cut your paper to the size bookmark you want (I cut mine 2” wide x 4” or 5” long)

Step 3 – Add Washi Tape

  • Lay your bookmark on a flat surface

Pic 3a - add washi

  • Place a piece of washi tape along one short edge of the bookmark
    • If you don’t get it lined up straight on the first try, just pull it off and try again!
    • Flip the bookmark over, and wrap the tape around on the other side
  • Take another piece of washi tape, and line it up with the first
    • You can put the edges right next to each other, or leave some space in between
    • Wrap it around the second side

Pic 3d - add washi

  • Continue adding pieces of washi tape, in any order you like, until you’ve covered the bookmark

Pic 3e - add washi

  • Trim the ends of the washi tape even with the edge of the bookmark

Pic 3f - add washi

Step 4 – Alternate design

  • Lay another bookmark on a flat surface
  • Place a piece of washi tape along the long edge of the bookmark

Pic 4a - long edge

  • Take a second piece of washi tape, and line it up with the first
  • Continue adding pieces of washi tape, in any order you like, until you’ve covered the bookmark
    • It’s okay if the last piece of tape overhangs the edge of the bookmark

Pic 4b - long edge

  • Flip the bookmark over
  • Add washi tape
  • Trim the ends of the washi tape even with the edge of the bookmark (including the long edge, if your your tape is overhanging that edge)

Pic 4f - long edge

Step 5 – Alternate design 2

  • Lay another bookmark on a flat surface
  • Place a piece of washi tape on the bookmark at an angle

Pic 5a - angled

  • Flip the bookmark over, and wrap the tape onto the back
    • NOTE that the tape will go in different direction on the back than it did on the front!

Pic 5b - angled

  • Add another piece of washi tape, next to the first, and wrap around the back
  • Continue adding pieces of washi and wrapping around the back
    • You will reach a point where you can’t wrap the tape around the back without overlapping another piece
    • Stop here and trim the edges of the tape before moving on
  • Continue adding more washi tape just to one side, until that side is covered (don’t wrap around the tape to the back)
  • Flip the bookmark over and cover the back with washi tape
  • Trim the ends of the washi tape even with the edge of the bookmark

pic 5k - angled

 

Washi tape comes in so many colors and patterns, so the possibilities for bookmarks and other projects are endless!

I made these bookmarks using some new tape I just purchased in bright colors and fun patterns, but you can choose any combination you like.  Choose your favorite team colors, or look for some pastel colors to create some Easter themed bookmarks.

Or go for bold patterns like I did:

Pic 6 - finished

I have so many Washi tape projects that I want to share with you, so be sure you are subscribed to the blog so you don’t miss anything!  And share with a friend who might like these (and other) crafts too!

Until next week,

Carrie

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