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How To Make Your Own Deco Tape

October 21st, 2010 by Avital

Deco Tape

I LOVE deco tapes.

I always last after beautifully composed photos of beautiful tape.

But I don’t have any of them beauties.

I guess their price doesn’t translate well when I think of their utility…

Then, you can imagine my utter delight when I stumbled upon this DIY Deco Tape Tutorial by my favorite diy-er, Sara.

As my doodling skills are not as impressive as Sara’s, I immediately thought of using patterned paper strips with Mod Podge. It is so easy and the result is quite pleasing.

Although it doesn’t look exactly like “the real deal”, it is very close to it and much more affordable, not to mention – more flexible as for what colors/patterns you’ll be using.

Don’t stop there, you can also ink the tape, stamp on it or just leave it as is and boost its confidence with some pep talk… (Where am I going with that?)


How To

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Step by Step Instructions

  1. Measure the width of the tape you’re using and cut paper strips, the same width as the tape.
  2. Prepare the strips by inking them with distress ink (optional) and conditioning them with water. To do that saturate the strips with a couple spritzes of water using a mister. To add some sheen I added 2 tiny scoops of golden perfect pearl medium to the tap water, but that’s optional too. Blot the excess water with paper towels.
  3. When the strips are completely dry, temporarily adhere the masking tape, in the length of your choice, to a non-stick mat.
  4. Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the tape – not too thin and not too thick – and adhere the paper strips to it. Apply more glue, if necessary. Eliminate all air bubbles by applying pressure with your finger on top of the paper strips. Use your finger, as if it was a brayer. Then let it dry – COMPLETELY.
  5. Apply a second, top layer, of Mod Podge. Apply it generously – it will be used as a sealer. Let it dry COMPLETELY.
  6. Remove the excess glue by going over it with your fingers and peel off the tape from the non stick mat. Transfer the tape to a non stick sheet you use in the kitchen. You can also roll them against a round handle (the brush’s handle is perfect for that) to make your own tape-roll.


Do you work with deco tape? What do you use it for? Please share by leaving a comment.

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8 Comments to “How To Make Your Own Deco Tape”

  1. Tina S. says:

    Oh my goodness, what a fabulous idea! I love the deco tapes as well but haven’t been able to justify the cost. This could not be more perfect. Christmas is coming and, along with it, Christmas scrapbooks. The possibilities with this technique are endless.

    Thanks, Avital, for continually offering us great ideas to expand our scrapping workbook. Love it!

    • Avital says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words, but I must admit that the initial idea to make my own deco tape came from DIY Sara… She’s awesome!

  2. Sara says:

    I have modpodge handy… mwahahaha!!!

    Thanks for kicking this up a notch! ♥

  3. iHanna says:

    Great tutorial even though the titel of the video is from maybe the last video you did on lunch bags? I love deco tape and washi tape too, and want to try to make my own sometime. I used bought washi tape my diary and made Evidence pages</a< of them there. FUn fun fun!

    • Avital says:

      Oops, you’re totally right. I can’t believe I haven’t noticed that even after watching it 5-8 times before posting it and another couple times after it 🙂 Thanks for sharing your project, it’s beautiful and I love the idea of evidence pages.

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