Five minutes later, my shelves were so much prettier! But pretty shelves without labels wouldn't do, so I pulled out my handy-dandy label maker and used my clear label tape to print labels to stick on top of the washi tape.
Ta Da! So much prettier than plain shelves!
I was so excited about my washi tape shelves...until the next day when I opened the closet door and half of the washi tape was peeling up. Some of it was just peeling at the edges, others had peeled all the way off. I pressed all the washi tape back in to place and applied as much pressure as I could, but it started to peel back up right away.
Now I don't know if it's just the washi tape I bought - maybe other washi tape has better stick-em. But nonetheless I needed to find a way to make it stay. After giving it some thought, I decided that maybe applying some heat would help the adhesive stick better. So I set my iron to a low setting and ironed the tape onto the fronts of the shelves.
Two months later and the tape is still in place, so I'd call the iron technique a success. This method might not be advisable depending the type of shelves you have, but I knew I would not be damaging my shelves because the white melamine shelf edging required an iron to adhere it to the fronts of the shelves in the first place.
Now that I see how pretty my washi-taped shelves are, I think all of my closets will be getting some washi tape love.
Click on the images below to see two other ways in which I have used washi tape to create labels.
|Washi Tape Drawer Labels|
|Washi Tape Basket Labels|
How are you using washi tape to create labels? Has anyone else had trouble with washi tape peeling up, and if so, how did you solve the problem?