Paper Tape Flag Food Picks

Ever since I read about using paper tape to make flag food picks in the book Yum Yum Bento by Crystal Watanabe and Maki Ogawa ( a book I highly recomend for any Bento lover or MTM'er) I knew I wanted to give it a try. But finding paper tape in stores, or "washi tape" as it is also called, is problematic here in the states (at least for this suburban mama).

But I received some paper tape for Christmas (Thank you, Mom!) and I did a little happy dance inside. It's by 7gypsies and used primarily for crafting.

To make washi tape food picks, you'll need paper tape, tooth/food picks and scissors.

Cut of a piece of tape

peel off the backing, fold over top of tooth pick.

trim as desired and use in your muffin tin meal. :)

A great place to find washi tape online is Happy Tape, they come individually or in color coordinating series. You can also check out the happy tape blog to see some of the fun ideas for use with washi paper tape.

It has been suggested that washi tape is not safe around food, but I have found only one comment on one blog to suggest this. All other documentation suggests otherwise, that it actually is quite eco-friendly. :)

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  1. oooh....very cool stuff, I can already picture it in so many different crafty applications! Thanks for sharing! :)

  2. I gave Yum Yum Bento to all the teen girls in my life for Christmas and they went nuts over it!

    I was thinking today while I was driving that I could use stickers and toothpicks to make cute picks. Thanks for sharing this idea. I only have one set of teddy bear picks, and I was trying to think of creative ways to remedy the situation. :o)

  3. Awesome post and so cute!!

  4. I got that book for Christmas! I buy the $1 sticker books at Michaels and make my own picks. Same idea as the tape, but I just stick 2 stickers back to back.

  5. Christa,

    that is a FABULOUS idea, thanks for sharing. :)

  6. Heya, that is so cool. I have used stickers before, but the tape makes some excellent picks. Thanks for the idea... :D

  7. Anonymous4:52 AM

    Yes, I've used the paper tape for food picks with a lot of success. My first try was "comic flags" using images cut from the Peanuts comics in our Sunday paper. A very cheery lunch design came from it!
    Oh, as a note, I keep the flags higher up so that neither the tape nor the paper that I'm making the "flag" with touches the food...

  8. Oh how cute and easy! I've been over drooling at all the yummy colors and patterns they have over there!

  9. I don't know that I'd stick washi tape right to food - but tape flags should be just fine - and super cute too! You'll find with washi tape, rather than paper tape, that there is no backing, it's just like a roll of masking tape (just much more fun!)