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We’ve gone Washi tape crazy here at The Library Store. I have to admit, the lure of Washi tape hadn’t really hit me until I started doing research for this blog entry. Man, the options are really limitless when it comes to this adorable crafty tape! For those not in the know, Washi tape is craft tape, with a softer fabric feel to it. It isn’t quite as sticky as normal tape so it can be easily peeled off any surface you choose to stick it to. It comes in a dizzying array of colors, patterns, stripes, you name it! So what do you use it for, you ask? Well, that’s up to you, and only limited by your imagination! Here are some pretty neat DIY uses I came across on the web…

Like these adorable Easter eggs! You just take plain hardboiled eggs, make sure they’re really dry, and start covering them with Washi tape in whatever design you wish. The photo was taken by David Prince, and great step by step directions can be found here.

Amazing Washi tape on tiny books! You know we’re gonna go crazy over anything to do with books (we are The Library Store, after all.) Find the project instructions to make your own little Washi books (cute kitty not included) over here.

If digital art in more your style, this free clip art download found at Pugly Pixel is just for you! I used it to up the Washi factor on our images for this blog post, and it was a ton of fun! I can only imagine how much fun I’ll have when I try my hand at the real deal!

So come on in and check out our new selection of Washi tapes here at The Library Store. Stay tuned for an upcoming Crafternoon event as well– maybe we’ll be making the tiny Washi books in the store, and you’ll be invited to join in!

The construction of a giant bookworm is no simple feat. It took the tireless work of two diligent worker elves, numerous copies of the LA Weekly sourced from a 7-11 in Hollywood, rolls and rolls of masking tape, a rather off color selection of yellowed Science Fiction novels, and quarts of gooey paper mache slop. At times throughout the construction process, the task seemed never ending. Luckily, the worker elves had some good bookworm makin’ tunes to help them along.

Slowly but surely, the bookworm began to come together. Growing from his humble cardboard skeleton, he started to take shape with the addition of layers of newspaper wads.  Here’s a picture of his mid-construction nap, taken on the couch.

Then the paper mache process began. Layers of newspaper, topped with layers of paper towels, topped with a shellacked “skin” of book pages and the bookworm was born! Just a quick inspection by the elves little furry friend and the process was just about complete…

The worm was then given some much needed big bright eyes, a mouth made from an old shattered record, and of course– some big green glasses to read with! Come meet Kenny the bookworm in his natural habitat, the downtown Central Library, right outside The Library Store!