When I first came to Japan a few years ago, I was so excited to find 100 yen shops… Japanese dollar stores (100 yen is about 1 USD)! Crafting would be possible- and affordable- after all. You see, regular “craft stores” in Japan are so expensive compared to America. I recall one trip to a craft supplies store for fabric, and I found the. cutest. fabric ever. The tag read 300 yen… what a bargain, right?! Basically $3 a yard! Well, the trip ended in tears when I brought it to be cut and the woman told me that 3 yards of fabric (what I asked her to cut) would be about 8100 yen. WHAT?! As in, about $81? Well, it turns out that the prices on the bolts of fabric are for 10 cm. Yeah… like, who buys 10 cm of fabric?
Anyway, this project involves no fabric (thank goodness), but that story just gives you an example of how rich you have to be to craft here, I guess. I thought all was lost until I walked into a 100 yen shop and found that I could get most of what I needed for various projects for super cheap. This time, I cried tears of joy.
This project features supplies all bought at a 100 yen shop in Tokyo, although corkboards, stick-on hooks, and washi tape can be found anywhere in the US. I hope you enjoy!
What you will need:
- Framed corkboard
- Stick-on hooks
- Washi tape (the more colors/patterns the better!)
OK, this is so simple- first, wipe down the entire board and frame with a slightly damp cloth to get off any dust. Let it sit for a few minutes just to make sure it’s thoroughly dry before you begin.
Once your board is all clean and dry, you can start to tape the frame! Just line up the edge of the tape with the inner edge of the frame and wrap it around the the back. Trim the tape from the roll and smooth it down. Keep doing this, alternating tapes, until you cover the entire frame.
See? So colorful :)
Now line up your hooks and figure out where and how far apart you want them. I put 5 hooks at the top of the board for necklaces and 4 closer to the bottom for bracelets.
When you have them all lined up, one by one remove the paper backing and firmly stick them to the board.
Depending on your board, you can figure out how to hang it. My board came with little screws and some string, but some boards may have hooks already attached to the back. You can also lean the board on a shelf or table. It’s perfect for keeping my more delicate necklaces from getting tangled in my jewelry box- plus it makes a really fun display. Functional and artistic!