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With loads of cute washi tapes and paper tapes, it is easy to amass a collection quickly. I found a bunch of cute, inexpensive paper tapes at Target to kickstart my collection. I even found some tape for the kids from the Kid Made Modern Collection. These tapes are a lot more paper-like and don’t remove as cleanly. I still took a few of my favorite colors to add to my own collection and gave the kids the 5 remaining rolls for crafts.
To keep all my tapes accessible and useable, I needed a jumbo tape dispenser. With a couple inexpensive household items, I made a 21-roll tape dispenser. I love seeing all my tapes out…the fun colors and patterns make me happy. I plan to keep the tape dispenser on my desk in my new studio (that is once I find a desk for my new studio).
To create the tape dispenser I used a bamboo box, originally a drawer organizer insert, and a small tension curtain rod (found at Target). I removed the bamboo dividers from the box.
I set the screw in the tension rod, so the rod was about 1/2″ longer than the inside measurement of the box. When the rod is inserted in the box the tension holds it in place.
I removed the rod and loaded it with all my tapes. I organized them by color, but oddly enough not in rainbow order. I am not sure why, but feel free to analyze why I might have preferred the colors organized this way vs. rainbow order.
I inserted the tension rod in the box. The rod rests about 1/2″ below the top edge of the box. Any lower and the larger tape rolls touch the bottom of the box.
The last step was to pull the tape over the boxes edge. I pulled a short bit and stuck it to the edge of the box. With my thumb holding the tape down, it rips easily against the edge of the box.
If you have never used paper tape before, you might be wondering what I do with all these tapes. Well, they are great for craft projects, card making, cute way to seal an envelope, Christmas ornaments, decorating party favors, and even to decorate the inside of a lampshade.
Do you use decorative tape? What do you use it for?