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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

DIY Washi tape dispenser holder caddy

Something different today! A little bit of FIGJAM.

It came to me while I was trying to wrap a gift and make dinner at the same time.. Stay with me, it will make sense!

Born out of frustration mixed with a little procrastination (frustprastication?) I thought it splendid enough to share with my fellow Washi tape lovers. It should be noted that this was whipped up while I was cooking so 10 mins - tops (the decorating time is on top of this). I also used the easiest and most accessible things I could find - I hate having a brain wave and then having to make a trip to the hardware.
This is my 'before' shot, messy, always struggling to find the end of the tape and overflowing, until...
What you will need:
  • A plastic aluminium foil container/dispenser without the aluminium foil (see the cooking connection now?) - this one was purchased at Coles for around $5. - The genius here, is that the plastic caddy already has serrated teeth intended to cut the aluminium foil but do a rather good job at cutting the soft washi tape as well!
  • A wire coat hanger
  • Some pliers/wire cutters for cutting and bending the wire
  • Spray paint (optional)
  1. Cut the lid off the dispenser (you can keep it on if you like but I think the way the colours of the tape all lined up looks, is pretty!)
  2. If you are going to spray paint it, do it now or you can skip this step, put it all together and spray it later or just leave it and decorate with washi tape!
  3. Measure the length of the plastic dispenser and add an extra 3cm
  4. Using the long straight edge of the coat hanger, cut it to length
  5. Poke a small hole in the middle of both sides of the dispenser (I used the tip of my pliers)
  6. Thread the wire through both holes -you want the fit to be tight so the wire isn't loose and falls out.
  7. On one end, bend the wire around on itself to form a hook or loop so you can grip and pull it in and out to load the tape. This also locks it a little and makes the end blunt.
  8. Pull the wire back out and put all of your tape in. Be sure to have the rolls facing the right way so the tape rolls over the top and can be ripped off on the dispensers teeth. I un-rolled a little tape on each and stuck them each down.
  9. Re-thread the wire through all the rolls of tape and cut the end of the wire so that it pokes out around 1cm
  10. Smile smugly at your marvellous organising tool!
Poke a hole in the sides
Hook the end of the wire around To lock
Sit all the rolls in the caddy and thread the wire through
Washi tape neat and tidy!