Okay hive, it’s voting time! For your consideration, I’ve created mock-ups of three washi tape patterns: stripes, criss-cross/overlap and plaid. As some predicted, the plaid wasn’t so easy. (Please be kind and don’t vote for plaid. I can’t create 100 of these buggers!)

Starting in the upper left going clockwise, we’ve got plaid, diagonal stripe, vertical stripe, and criss-cross/overlap.


Blue washi tape for our salmon folks


Green washi tape for the vegetarians

I like the flexibility and color layering fun of the criss-cross pattern. Stripes are fun, but not dynamic enough. And plaid would be a pain in the ass.

But I want to hear what you think (since you were right about my bustle!).



Mrs. Pain au Chocolat

Wilmington, DE
Wedding Date:
June 2011
I am a Romantic at Heart
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  1. Member
    dolphindoll 287 posts, Helper bee @ 6:36 pm

    I think it would even be neat to mix all four patterns! Love the look of the translucent tape.

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    ranchorelaxobride 69 posts, Worker bee @ 6:44 pm

    Criss-cross/overlap all the way!

  3. earrings Member
    earrings 2611 posts, Sugar bee @ 6:45 pm

    I like dolphindoll’s suggestion- mismatched would be fun!

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    courtneykorinne, Guest @ 6:51 pm

    3rding the mix!

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    Ginevra 15 posts, Newbee @ 6:56 pm

    The criss cross shows off the pretty colors and layers the best. Also you can be a bit “off” and slanty in diff directions (aka do it lazily) and it’ll still look good. If you’re slightly “off” in the other stripe patterns, it’ll look weird. An the plaid is too busy, and not worth the time.

  6. bacon Member
    bacon 695 posts, Busy bee @ 6:57 pm

    The criss cross is my fave. It gives you the most freedom and I think it showcases the tape best!

  7. snowcone Member
    snowcone 1141 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:58 pm

    I voted for the diagonal stripe, but I think the overlap look is really cute too! I feel like you can’t go wrong with this one, PaC!

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    nicole, Guest @ 6:59 pm

    Oh geeze! Do we have to pick just one or can I second (actually third) dolphindoll’s suggestion? I think they’re all fab!

  9. msgiraffe Member
    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 7:20 pm

    You are killing me with this washi tape!!!! I want it soooo bad!

    Ughh. I. Love. It.

    Also criss crossy. For sure.

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    MsYellowJacket 872 posts, Busy bee @ 7:26 pm

    definitely criss-cross! that way you don’t have to worry about getting it perfectly straight each time!

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    Ms. Library 464 posts, Helper bee @ 7:26 pm

    I love those colors! I do have a suggestion, though. With the three color schemes you have going on, maybe make the pink the salmon? Blue could be beef! It’s alliterative! The colors you have for beef now just made me think immediately of your salmon dish.

  12. tartlet Member
    tartlet 3227 posts, Sugar bee @ 7:41 pm

    I’m feelin’ the cross-crosses!

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    Miss Ireland 83 posts, Worker bee @ 7:56 pm

    I voted for the diagonal stripe, but could easily be talked into the criss-cross pattern as well. :)

  14. hyena Member
    hyena 2537 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:02 pm

    The criss-cross one is fun! I like it the best.

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    bebefly 1753 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:46 pm

    I like the diagonal stripe and the criss-cross the best :) I vote for a mix!

  16. painauchocolat Member
    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:54 pm

    @Miss Giraffe: It’s cheap! And I know you’re creative enough to come up with lots of darling uses for it post-wedding. Am I a bad influence? Maybe.
    @Ginevra & @MsYellowJacket: I like the way you think!
    @Miss Bacon: I concur!
    @Ms. Library: Good suggestion! I should have ordered (more) red washi tape to push the beef color palette more, but alas! Mr. PaC took my credit card and froze it in a block of ice. 😉

  17. elephant Member
    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 10:17 pm

    I really like the criss cross!

  18. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 10:24 pm

    The criss cross looks fun and you don’t have to be perfect with how they look (I might be lazy). And you can sing awesome 90’s songs as you criss cross the tape.

  19. ferriswheel Member
    ferriswheel 356 posts, Helper bee @ 11:51 pm

    I voted criss cross, but it was a close race between that and diagonal stripe. All of them are so interesting, though. Whatever you do is going to be incredible!

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    futuredoc 17 posts, Newbee @ 12:54 am

    I love the criss cross, but a sampling of all would make it all the more unique!

  21. painauchocolat Member
    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:00 am

    @Miss Pony: That song did cross my mind more than once.

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    futuremrsloveday 518 posts, Busy bee @ 8:30 am

    I love the criss-cross the best! But they are all so cute. What a great idea. :)

  23. candy apple Member
    candy apple 1877 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:39 am

    I love the look of the diagonal stripe, but they all look great, PAC!

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    ashmarie03 36 posts, Newbee @ 10:05 am

    Love, love, love the criss-cross – and, like Generva said, it doesn’t have to be “perfect” and it will still look amazing!

    PS: totally jealous of your washi tape. I didn’t know such feelings could be had for a colorful adhesive.

  25. trailmix Member
    trailmix 6663 posts, Bee Keeper @ 3:31 pm

    I like ’em all!! Too bad the plaid is such a pain bc it is cute but I think they’re all similar and look great!

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    MissCasey 223 posts, Helper bee @ 5:11 pm

    Seems like a lot of people are saying to do multiple designs… One benefit of doing that would be that you won’t have to be as precise since you aren’t trying to make them all match!

  27. gazelle Member
    gazelle 1019 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:57 pm

    I voted diagonal, but why not mix up all of the patterns? I think they all look great!

  28. Pincushion Member
    Pincushion 1074 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:51 pm

    Glad that my favorite (criss cross) is winning out! Ha ha. They all look great. (And isn’t washi tape addicting?? I have so many patterns now!)

  29. msseal Member
    msseal 1179 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:56 pm

    I voted diagonal stripe! However, I think the criss-cross look is amazing too. In fact, they all look fantastic, PaC…you can’t go wrong :)

  30. meerkat Member
    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:47 am

    Love the diagonal one. I just looks classy.

  31. mscottoncandy Member
    mscottoncandy 436 posts, Helper bee @ 12:53 am

    Personally i love all the looks but the criss cross edges the rest out by a tiny bit!

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    mrsjanning 52 posts, Worker bee @ 7:37 am

    you can get washi tape at http://wishywashi.com

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