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Washi Tape Decorating Ideas

Here are 10 fun, easy tricks that you can do with this versatile tape


Some use it to stick notes while others simply collect them. Washi tapes are charming must-haves that you can use to decorate your space. To help you get started, here are 10 easy tricks that you may want to consider. You can do this over the weekend and involve your friends and kids to make it more fun.

Picks and Styling by Issa Villar and Dagny Madamba. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

Read the original article ("Washi Tape Wonders") in the October 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.

Take note of these tips:

Washi Buntings

These are way easier that paper buntings. On a crochet string, loop 2"-wide strip of washi tape, then cut a notch at the end.

Instant Greeting Card

On heavy paper stock, tape out your desired pattern. Fold paper in the middle to create your card.

Colorful Paper Bag Clips

Tape a single, ¼”-wide strip onto wooden clothespins.

DIY Desk

Liven up a boring, store-bought desk! Use washi tapes to form concentric rectangular patterns on top of your desk.

Glass Tabs

Make sure your guests don’t get switched at your next party. Tape a washi tab on the stem of each wine glass.

Crazy Window Sill

If your windows lack actual sills, create one with 4”-wide washi tape—stick it around your window. Great for a teen’s room. 

Striped Lamp Shade

This works for white or plain paper shades. Carefully wrap different washi tapes around the circumference of your lamp shade. You can make the tape strips straight or diagonal.

Washi Art Sign

Having a big event or a wedding party at home? Greet your guests with a handmade sign of washi tape letters on white tarp or on a paper banner.

Cool Thumbtacks

Jazz up your memo board with ordinary dime-store thumbtacks covered in washi tape. 

Decorated Switch Plate

Deck out an ugly, electrical switch plate in washi tape of your choice. 


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