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Five Ways To Craft With Washi Tape

We recently added a bright array of washi tapes to the store, so we thought it would be a great time to share some washi tape craft inspiration.

Washi tape is a fun and creative addition to any craft cupboard – you’ll love having a few rolls of this around once you realise the endless possibilities. It’s similar to masking tape in that it’s sticky and you can easily tear or cut it, but the similarities end there. Washi tape is often brightly coloured and narrower than masking tape, but you can find wider kinds if your project calls for it. You’ll find every pattern available, from polka dots to flowers and even geometric patterns. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to picking a pattern. The best part of using washi tape is that you can use it as a temporary decorating feature – if you get bored of it, you can easily peel it off and start again. This makes it a great decorating tool for anyone who rents their home.

Washi tape wall

Washi tape is a great way to brighten up your home. Turn a plain wall into a work of art using plain or patterned washi tape. Ann Kelle created this bright and cheerful feature wall using an assortment of washi tapes. And the best part is, you can just peel it off and start over if you get bored or it or move house.

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Washi tape jewellery

Put away the beads and try these washi tape earrings. These origami style earrings are made from washi tape, a few jump rings and earring findings. These would make the perfect gift for a friend, or you could just make yourself a few pairs in all different colours.

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Washi tape cake toppers

A good cake topper can take an ordinary buttercream and sponge to the next level. Decorate your next cake with a washi tape cake topper like this Happy Birthday flag cake topper from 100 Layer Cake. Or try making this washi tape bunting from Bakers Royale. All you need is two straws, some string and polka dot washi tape!

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Washi tape cards

You’ll never buy a birthday card from a shop ever again. Get creative with your cards by using washi tape to make birthday candles like this simply DIY birthday card from Leona Lane. For some added sparkle, you could add buttons or beads to your craft.

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Washi tape photo frames

If you like to put pictures on your walls, use washi tape as a fun alternative to frames. 100 Layer Cake used brightly coloured washi tape to frame polaroids for a party. You can also create elaborate photo frames for your art prints or frame an inspiring quote above your desk, like this geometric frame from The Sweetest Occasion

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Jewellery Making Techniques From Around The World

You don’t have to be jetting off around the world this summer to get a taste of another culture. Jewellery making is a doorway to the world, from the intricate Japanese Kumihimo beads to the stunning opulence of Traditional Indian Jewellery. If you’re looking for inspiration for a new jewellery making technique, why not look to far-flung shores for your next big idea. Stock up on supplies and get inspired by our top picks of the best jewellery making techniques from around the world.

Japanese Kumihimo

Kumihibo BeadsKumihimo is a bead braiding technique that looks a lot scarier than it is. Once you get the hang of where your disc, bobbins and kumihimo beads should be, this jewellery making technique is a fun and therapeutic pastime. It has been elevated to the position of an artform in Japan, so you can be assured of stunning results. To get started you’ll need a few specialist items and some tiny kumihimo beads that are available in a range of stunning colours.

Native American Turquoise

Turquoise BeadsTurquoise is a semi-precious stone steeped in legend and history. Known as the fallen sky stone, Native Americans believe that when the rains came, their tears of joy mixed with the rain and seeped into the earth, creating the stone of sky and water. It is found in the Southeastern states in the USA and is commonly used alongside red Jasper gemstones.

Traditional Indian Jewellery

India has enjoyed a 5000-year love affair with jewellery, and the love is still strong today. Traditional Indian jewellery evokes images of gold, lots of bangles, body jewellery and elaborate earrings. The easiest way to get a piece of this trend is with stacking bracelets, which are perfect for the summer.

Austrian Swarovski

Swarovski BeadsOriginally from Bohemia (now the Czech Republic), Swarovski’s founder moved to Austria and founded the Swarovski company in 1895. In 1982 he patented his energy-intensive grinding process used to create the crystals. They were the height of fashion during the start of the 20th Century and continue to hold a special place in our hearts today. Swarovski beads are an easy way to add a touch of luxe to any jewellery making project.

Nepalese Prayer Beads

Prayer beads enjoyed a surge of popularity in the 90s, and like most other trends from that era, they’re coming back around again. Thanks to the increased interest in yoga and Buddhist principles, more and more people are turning to semi-precious stones for jewellery making. They are traditionally used to count the number of times a mantra is recited, or the number of breaths while meditating.

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Creative Jewellery Displays For Your Online Store

When it comes to running an online jewellery store, making the products is only half of the work. With so many Etsy, Folksy and Ebay stores cropping up every day, finding a unique and appealing way to present your homemade wares is vital to ensuring success. Whether you run a physical store at a local arts and crafts fair, or if you’re looking for creative way to photograph your products for an online store, look to these creative folks for design inspiration to help get you started.

It’s important to note that, although imitation may be the most sincere form of flattery, copying another etsy seller’s style is a big no-no. Finding your own unique style and establishing a brand is one of the biggest keys to success in the online jewellery-selling community. Happy selling!

Simple offcuts of wood can create a unique and interesting display for rings and bracelets. These geometric pieces of plain wood make a bold and clean statement and would complement bold and striking pieces of jewellery, or dainty delicate pieces.

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Image from: The Merry Thought

If you’re looking for a cheap and easy way to create a necklace display, this cardboard version is very quick to put together and looks great when photographed. To customise and make it your own, cover the cardboard with a patterned paper.

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Image from: Stella + Hodge

A simpler version of this cardboard display is a simple cone which is perfect for displaying bracelets. These are perfect for a craft stall display as well as product photography.

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Image from: Georgia P Designs

Although it may take a little more effort, photographing your products with the help of a model will help potential buyers to imagine owning the piece. Enlist the help of a friend and use some creative props that will help your jewellery to pop. Make sure you keep the focus on the jewellery by using the smallest aperture setting your DSLR will allow. If you don’t have a DSLR, you can blur the background using a programme like Photoshop.

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Image from: Boho Chic Chic

If you have a few different pieces to display at once, this DIY jewellery hanger is an easy solution for displaying necklaces, bracelets or earrings. Simply place hooks in the bottom of a wooden hanger to create this unique jewellery holder.

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Image from: I Spy DIY

And finally, if you’re looking for a super simple way to display earrings, using business cards or luggage tags with your shop name is a great way to help people remember the name of your shop and encourage repeat sales. Printing a set of business cards and using them as a backing for earrings is a cost effective way to present and market your jewellery.

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Image from: Joanna Tinley Jewellery

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