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Regina Garay

13 Wickedly Wonderful Ways to use Washi Tape

Washi Tape Rolls via Paint+Pattern

Let’s talk tape – beautiful, colored and patterned tape! Washi Tape comes in an incredible and (seemingly) endless array of pretty designs, colors and sizes. The low-tack makes it perfect for temporary DIY and craft projects as it can be removed easily without leaving residue or damaging the surface and yet, it’s also durable enough for long-lasting crafty design projects. Washi Tape originates from Japan and is a high quality masking tape made with rice paper (washi). It’s a haute + trending hit with artisans, crafters, DIYers – pretty much everyone who loves to design and create! We’ve rounded up some of our favorite whimsical, sophisticated and just plain fun projects for you – you ready? Let’s tape and roll!

Washi Tape Gallery Wall Decor via Paint+PatternTape Picture Frames via Design Sponge

Archway Accent with Washi Tape via Paint+PatternDIY Taped and Striped Archway by A Beautiful Mess 

Washi Tape on Walls and Floors via Paint+PatternVia French by Design

Washi Tape comes in solid colors and patterns in every style possible. Use your favorite palette and designs to decorate just about anything in your home, especially if it’s a rental space or a dorm room. Walls are one of the best surfaces – for instance, use tape to create a faux gallery wall with custom frames and add color to “paint” your space. When you decide to move, there are no holes or peeled off paints to worry about – simply peel the Washi Tape off!

Washi Tape Labels via Paint+PatternWashi Tape File Folder Labels by I Heart Organizing

Washi Tape on Cords and Tech Essentials via Paint+PatternDecorative Electronics via HGTV

Nothing says a left-brain organizer can’t be a right-brain designer! There are plenty of ways to spruce up organizational tools and make them both fab and functional using Washi Tape. The colors and patterns can easily help to sort tech essentials and make the decorative electronics faster to find and organize during trips and for everyday use. Since Washi tape is easy to write on, they work perfectly with folders or other surfaces as well – when needing to repurpose, the tape easily lifts off with no tearing.  Other ideas include using them for paper calendars, sorting recipes and creating tabs for organizing a home office or studio.

Doorway Decor with Washi Tape via Paint+PatternWashi Tape Sliding Doors by Almost Makes Perfect

Decorating Ikea Hack with Washi Tape via Paint+PatternTaped Table Top via HGTV

Washi Tape on Lantern via Paint+PatternTaped Paper Lantern via HGTV

Décor elements and essentials such as light fixtures, doors and furniture can easily get a color and pattern lift with Washi Tape!  Imagine the possibilities on lamp shades, corkboards, furniture legs and more! Play with the sizes available of the Japanese decorative tape (from extra narrow to extra wide) to create the best impression.

Birds on Cards with Washi Tape via Paint+PatternWashi Tape Greeting Card by the Su Wolf Etsy Shop

Washi Tape Wedding Favors via Paint+PatternWashi Tape Gift Wrap Box photographed by Stéphanie Kilgast

Keeping in touch online with family and friends is the norm – but what if you wanted to send an extra special message with care and appreciation? Washi Tape can help customize plain cards and envelopes for that extra special handmade touch. It can also help decorate wedding favors and update plain gift wrap.

Wall Murals with Washi Tape via Paint+PatternPhoto via Poppinette

Washi Tape on Keyboard via Paint+PatternDIY Washi Tape Keyboard via Gurl Interrupted

Geometric Wall Art with Washi Tape via Paint+PatternGeometric Washi Tape Wall Art Canvas by The Glamourai

Fun, ordinary objects can be just as playful, too!  You can use a tape mural to outline a boring white shelf and make all your online time even more visually appealing by sprucing up your keyboard.  Also, you can create your own tape wall art by starting off with a plain white canvas and creating as simple or as complex a design as you’d like. Planters, trays and other everyday household items could always use a little splash of pep, too!

You can cut it, tear it, stick it, reposition it — Washi tape is wonderful for everyday and decorative use. The Japanese masking tape has come a long way with its humble beginnings and limited color palette as now you can find just about any pattern, size and color you desire for your most creative of projects.  We hope you’ve enjoyed these home décor ideas with Washi Tape – what have YOU been inspired to create?

 

2 comments

  1. Deb

    This is so fun!! I wonder if you could put strips of washi tape on paper then cut pieces away through a simpler stencil to make a really cool pattern. This was inspiring!

  2. I absolutely love your blogs. I look forward to them everyday. Such inspiration!

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