15 Ways to Use Washi Tapes

Creative Ways to Decorate with Washi Tape

Washi tapes are vibrant and fun to work with. It is more than just a fancy tape or sticker label. Generally, washi tape designs come in variety of prints and patterns, sizes and colours. It gives you the freedom to play with it in your arts and craft projects. You can mix and match the one colour tone washi tapes with the printed design ones. You can purchase washi tapes easily these days. Some of the famous brands that I've come to learned about are the ones called MT tapes. There are several brands out there in the market and each of it has its own quality. The better quality ones don't come off easily and sticks nicely, so make sure you look out for that.
Washi tapes vary from thick to thin ones, and from big to small; as small as the one that comes with wooden spools (above). Adorable and easy to work with! If you enjoy journaling, you can definitely bring these along.

The best part about washi tapes, you can use washi tapes for almost everything and anything except fabric. I have used washi tapes on wood, ceramic, walls, glass and paper.

If you are a DIY hobby-crafter who enjoys doing arts & craft projects with your kids, there are washi tapes with attractive designs suitable for children.

I decided to be a little adventurous and started a home project using washi tapes. I found some old items that I have and gave it a little makeover with washi tapes to add colours to our living space.

Here are 15 creative ideas that you can use washi tapes with.

1. Revamp a Wooden Cup Hanger

Not long ago, I purchased a wooden cup hanger from a vintage thrift sale. I had plans to repaint it and use it as my craft booth prop when I participate at art markets. I wanted to use it to hang handmade accessories for sale. I finally did it; repainted it with turquoise acrylic paint and tape it with matching washi tapes.

2. Decorate a Glass Candle Holder
A very easy method; I learned that when it comes to washi tapes, it is not just about taping; it is about the right colour combination as well.

3. Washi Tape a Candle

4. Decorate a Wooden Photo Frame
This photo frame was given by a friend, she had it lying around and wasn't sure what to do with it. I decided to redecorate it so that I can frame up one of my drawings.

5. Washi Tape Plain Wooden Alphabets
Among the 15 crafts I have made, this one is my favourite. I bought these wooden alphabets when I first moved in to our studio apartment. I was elated with joy that I finally had my own place, and got myself some wooden alphabets to form the word 'Home'. I wasn't sure if I wanted to paint it over, because I like it plain sometimes; but after a year later, I am finally inspired to decorate it! This proves, good things come to those who wait, haha!

6. Taping Coasters!
 Fancy a cup of tea with some nice washi tape patterns? I love how I can tape on almost everything with washi tapes.

7. Quick Party Favours or Trinkets!

Those who know me well, would know that I have a fascination for miniatures and miniature bottles.
These miniature bottles decorated with funky washi tape patterns and colourful baker twines make good trinkets for party favours and little gifts.

8. Sweet Colour Candy Jar

9. Decorating Flower Pots
Flower pots don't have to be plain and boring anymore. You can decorate it with different washi tape colours and patterns.

10. Make Your Own Jewellery
Guess what? I found a way to make my own accessory with washi tape! Great for quick fashion statement necklace.

11. Turn an Old Notebook into New!
I discovered that I can even make my own notebook with a washi tape! I decided to use one of the school exercise books (belonged to my other half's younger brother), to make my own notebook for practicing calligraphy. I turned an old notebook into a new one by taping the entire book with washi tape, using the slightly bigger width ones for most of it.

12. Make Your Own Signage
I also made my own signage. A quick and easy solution, great for events too! All you need is a thick white paper, your name card, stamps and washi tapes.

13. Groovy Name Card

14. Decorate a Wooden Multipurpose Holder
This one has sentimental value. I made this multipurpose holder when I was in high school, that means this is more than 10 years old at least. It was so hard for me to part ways with it, because clearly, I did an amazing job. I was searching for something 'big' that I can tape, and thought it was a good idea to give it a new look!

15. Mini Fancy Polaroid Photo Frame!

It's very easy to make a polaroid photo frame; all you need is a thick white paper, cut it to the size and shape of a polaroid, then tape it with a washi tape. You can have it in any design you want, I just happened to like this one! After this, I will be sticking this into my journal, perhaps over a picture or some special quote.


Have fun exploring the many ways to use washi tapes!



  1. very creative of you Shia! keep up the good work! One of the fabric bag makers in malaysia use washi tape on her name card too. Can't remember which one already but I've seen her in publika market :) Brilliant idea!

    1. Hi so good to hear from you! =D Thank you dear, i truly enjoyed this project very much as a matter of fact. =) Oh that is very interesting, to have it on her name card. I should look into that as well. =D

  2. Very creative way of using washi tape! Now you are tempting me to buy lol!


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