10 Ways to Use Washi Tape

By May 22, 2013 July 9th, 2014 27 Comments

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Want to jump on board the Washi tape craze, but not sure how to do it?  Here are 10 totally creative and totally easy ways to use Washi tape!


The first time I spotted Washi tape, I knew that it was something that I would love to use but I didn’t know quite how.  I’m not much into scrapbooking and paper crafts, but the idea of Washi tape was appealing to me.  After taking the plunge and purchasing a few rolls, they sat unused, in a drawer, for months.  It was only until that I let myself do a little research that I was able to find out that there are so many amazing things to do with Washi tape, I just had to look around a bit, and use a little creativity!


Next time you have some cupcakes to decorate, think about that little extra something the element of Washi tape can bring!  These little flags are mind numbingly easy to make, all it takes is a bit of time, Washi tape, and a box of toothpicks!  Just cut a section of washi tape and affix it to your toothpick by laying it in the middle of your tape and sandwiching the layers together.  Cut a dovetail pattern in the end, and stick in your frosting!


Repurposing an item that was destined to for garbage can is always a victory in my book!  Who doesn’t have an empty tin can on hand?  (I do, most nights I make dinner!)  To turn your trash into treasure, use a little Washi tape.  Wrap the can using one pattern, or a bunch.  Add your loose pencils, markers, or crayons.  It’s perfect for an art space or homework desk!


Throwing parties is even more fun when you can customize every last detail!  Designing your own matching tea lights is a snap using Washi tape.  Just take a strip and wrap it around the metal bottom.  You can go a step further and actually wrap taper or pillar candles in Washi as well.


Jazz up those boring orange pencils with a bit of colorful Washi tape!  Any pencil can look special or brand new donning a bright new layer of decoration.  This is the perfect craft project for kids.  Match your pencils to anything your heart desires! The best thing is, the paper quality of Washi tape will shave right off in any pencil sharpener.


Giving a canned food or treat in a jar is even more appealing with Washi tape!  Just, unscrew the ring, add tape to the top, and screw the ring back on.  Your friends will be amazed by how crafty you are!


Making button form earrings is easy, as you can check out here.  Instead of using fabric, think about using your favorite pattern of Washi tape!  It’s just as easy, but extra spunky! You could design your Washi earrings to match any outfit.  Be creative!


It’s so easy to cover an old or boring picture frame with a layer of Washi tape and spice it up!  You could transform frames from thrift stores, ugly and dated frames you have hiding in storage, or even alter ones you have around the house.  Washi tape comes in all patterns and colors, so creating a frame that complements a photo or picture is easier than you think!  Make a whole wall filled with Washi!


You’ve covered your pencils, and created a pencil holder; you might as well match your thumb tacks and round out the ensemble!  Covering thumb tacks with Washi is as simple as can be, and only takes a few minutes.  Just stick your tack, flat side down onto the sticky side of the Washi tape.  Use your scissors to cut around the tack, and then press the flat side into your palm to wrap the edges around the flat end.  Use your new Washi covered thumb tacks to display your favorite photos and ephemera.


Who needs fancy wrapping paper when you have Washi tape?  Dress up brown butcher paper with a pop of color!  Add a pretty Washi tape bow to a simple brown bag.


Making a miniature Washi garland is easy and fun!  Cut a piece of twine, thread, or embroidery floss into your desired length.  Cut a section of Washi tape and fold sticky sides together with the string in the middle.  Cut your end in any decorative design.  Hang anywhere you want a pop of color, or use your tiny Washi bunting to decorate a card or gift.  You can make the garland as long or as short as you need!  Isn’t it cute?!

If I would have known all of the creative ways that I could use Washi tape, I would have bought some long ago!  Get a few rolls for yourself and experiment!

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Emily is a apron-wearing, camera-wielding, mother and pilots wife who has found her niche in discovering a reason to celebrate every day and enjoying the simple things life has to offer.


  • Lisa Rohrbaugh says:

    Great ideas. Where did you find the chicken designed one. The washi tape I have is the same width as regular scotch tape. It looks like yours is wider. Is that so and where do you buy yours at. thank You

    • Emily Louise says:

      Lisa, I got mine at Michael’s Craft Store. They have very fat tape and very skinny tape. Isn’t the chicken one a hoot??!

  • JCRCWA6 says:

    Cover tiles for a cute coaster

  • Regina says:

    Oh my….love all of these ideas. I just added washi tape to my craft supply list…^_^ So happy I found you and I think I forgot to post earlier. Happy SITS day!!!


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  • Lisa says:

    Looks like fun!

  • Crystal says:

    How does this differ from decorated duct tape? I’ve never used Washi tape before! 🙂

    • Emily Louise says:

      Washi tape is a paper tape, and it’s much thinner and easier to manage than decorated duct tape. I hope that helps!

  • Kimberly D says:

    I recently started experimenting with washi tape and I am now addicted! I’ll have to try a couple of these projects.

  • Cara says:

    Surprisingly I have not heard of the Washi Tape until now! I think the ideas above are so cool! I will most likely give it a try (and hopefully my creation will be good enought to warrant a blog post!).

    Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  • Love these ideas! You can do so much with this stuff! We recently used it to make a paper plate butterfly.

    • Emily Louise says:

      Thanks and yes! Washi tape is so amazing! Your paper plate butterfly craft looks like a fun childrens activity!

  • Crystal says:

    Ooooh I love these ideas! I bought some washi tape recently but haven’t started using it yet. My little girl starts kindergarten in the fall so I’m going to make her some washi covered pencils now! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • Emily Louise says:

      You are so welcome Crystal! The washi tape pencils were my favorite project out of all of them! Enjoy, and happy kindergarten year!

  • Emmy says:

    Love the flags and the bunting! I need to get myself some tape!

  • Honeybee says:

    Very cute and super creative. I had no idea what washi tape is and I don’t know where to find them but I’m going to find out about that. washi earings sounds cool. Thanks for sharing your genius ideas.

    • Emily Louise says:

      Thanks! Washi tape is an amazing thing to work with. It can be found at any craft store, I got mine at Michaels.

  • Akaleistar says:

    So many cute ideas!

  • I must be stupid (or un-knowledgeable more like) but what is Washi Tape? And where would I find it?

    The uses seem endless (or as far as the imagination) but – and here is the thing – with so many other things out there, what makes this material “special”?

    Just my 2 cents. Not trying to be negative, but then, maybe I should pick up a few rolls and try my hand a couple of projects and see what the “fuss” is all about. As the saying goes “Try it, you might like it”.

    • Emily Louise says:

      Washi tape is just another one of those amazing products that you can do so many things with. It’s a bit pricey at first, but a roll lasts a while, and can be used for so many different things. Let me know if you try it!

  • Kristen says:

    How cute! I’ve never heard of washi tape before this, but it looks really adorable. Definitely something to check out!

  • Charlotte says:

    So cute! I have never heard of washi tape either; will have to look for this the next time I’m in a craft store. Thank you!

  • Adrienne says:

    I’m totally getting some of this stuff! Great DIYs! 😉

  • LydiaF says:

    How cute! I had no idea what washi tape was, now I’m going to have to look for some. Love the ideas for customizing office supplies…thank you!

    • Emily Louise says:

      Thanks Lydia! I love washi tape! Let me know if you get some and craft! I would love to find out what you make!