10 Things You Can Do With Washi Tape

Looking for an easy and inexpensive way to liven up your home or office space? Try washi tape!

Washi Tape crafts

If you’re a crafter, you might have heard of washi tape, or seen a few of the thousands of washi tape projects on Pinterest. But those who are less familiar might be wondering what all the hype is about — and how they can incorporate washi tape into simple crafts to beautify their living spaces. Luckily, we’re here to answer your questions!

Washi tape is a pretty, decorative paper masking tape. It’s thin, durable, made of natural fibers like hemp and bamboo, inexpensive, and comes in hundreds of colors and patterns. The tape is easy to stick on many surfaces — including wood, plastic, and metal — and is easy to remove without causing damage.

Here are a few washi tape craft ideas to get your creativity flowing:

Wall Art

Create unique wall art using washi tape! This is a great project if you live in a rented apartment and can’t paint or drill holes in the wall to hang art. Create minimalistic geometric designs with washi tape in solid colors, or try different patterns to create a mural theme. Since washi tape isn’t permanent, you can try out several designs at a time, or change them out as your style changes.

Instant Poster Frames

Hanging posters just got a lot easier with washi tape. No need for actual frames — simply tape a picture or a poster to your wall, then use washi tape to create a visually appealing border around the picture. Cut solid color washi tape into fun shapes and patterns, or choose washi tape with eye-catching patterns like stripes and polka dots. Washi tape frames are easy to put up, and won’t leave marks on your walls when you take them down.


Washi Tape crafts

Picture Frames

If you own cheap picture frames, washi tape is a great way to personalize them. Use colorful washi tape to match your home or office furniture decor. You can even make fun, patterned frames to give as gifts!






Laptops & Notebooks

Personalize your laptop and notebooks with washi tape designs. For a color-coordinated look, decorate your keyboard or the pages of your notebooks with washi tape patterns


washi tape crafts

Custom Patterned Bookmarks

Bookmarks embellished with washi tape are perfect for gift giving, school time, or even adding flair to your own personal library. All you have to do is choose your favorite washi tape colors and patterns and apply them to the surface of these large tags. For colors and patterns that perfectly coordinate, check out our Patterned Washi Tape Sets.



Nail Art

Use washi tape to give yourself a quick, easy, and striking manicure! Simply trace the shape of your nail onto a washi tape pattern, cut the shape out with scissors, and apply in place of liquid nail polish. Use the tape alone as a play manicure for children or, if you want more staying power on your own nails, apply a base coat and top coat to accompany the tape. Get creative with the pattern you select — for special occasions, we suggest using glittery tape.


washi tape crafts

Colorful Washi Tape Pencils

Washi tape can even be used to transform ordinary office supplies into items of inspiration! Simply choose your favorite patterned washi tape (We love chevron!) and apply it to your pencil. To truly customize your pencil, finish with colorful feathers!






Nothing’s nicer than receiving a handwritten note in the mail — and you’ll get bonus points for presentation from your loved ones with these immaculately decorated envelopes! Create a washi tape border — you can use a heart pattern for Valentine’s Day or make wedding invitation envelopes more elegant with colorful lace ribbon tape. Feel free to decorate your cards and letters with tape as well!


Washi Tape craftsBunting

DIY bunting adds an instant splash of festivity to any party decor or gift. Simply choose a color palette or pattern for your banner, and adhere the washi tape to colorful twine. For themed or festive bunting, consider Christmas-themed washi tape (perfect for a office holiday party. ) For baby showers, birthdays, or springtime accents, try a beautiful floral pattern tape.





Finally, think outside the box and cut out different washi shapes to make your own stickers! Stick them on anything, from paper stationery to kitchen mugs.

We carry a wide selection of washi tape for any craft project you can dream up. Get started today!


  1. Orla says:

    Hi would washi tape be able to hold up fabric against a wall and would it damage pictures or wall if removed?

    • Hi Orla! Great questions! Washi tape can be used for all sorts of surfaces. Regarding using washi tape to hold heavier items like fabric or photos up against a wall, it’s overall performance may depend on the weight and finish of your items. For personalized help, feel free to give us a call at 800.745.8800, ext. 2.

  2. Barb says:

    Can washi tape be used on linoleum flooring and would it be removeable?

    Thank you

  3. Iain Tarr says:

    Can I use Washi tape in place of insulation tape when my iPhone cable is starting to show copper?

    • Hi Iaian! Great question! The paper qualities of washi tape might not be the best in place of insulation or electric tape. If you have any further questions, please feel free to reach us directly at (800) 745-8800.

  4. Rosa says:

    I love Washi tape. It’s amazing. I think I’ve found my new obsession!!

  5. Rosie Osborne says:

    Daughter got indoor string lights and wants to put them around the headboard on her bed. Will this Washi tape work with messing up the paint on the furniture?

  6. Joyce Crews says:

    I made my toddlers ninja swords from craft foam. Will washi tape stick to it? I would like to let them do their own decoration on the swords

    • Hi Joyce! Great idea! While washi tape can stick to many surfaces, there are some foam types that have a tendency to be a little porous so the adhesive may have some trouble sticking to the surface. Hope this helps! If you have any further questions, please feel free to reach us directly at (800)745-8800.

  7. Christine Masterson says:

    Thanks for sharing your ideas over her. I loved it. These DIYs are a great way to make your home beautiful and creative.

  8. Dave says:

    How durable is it, on plastic and aluminum in freezing temps?

    • Hi Dave, excellent question! Washi tape is great on all sorts of surfaces. Regarding extreme temperatures like heat or freezing, it may depend on the circumstance and material. For personalized help, feel free to give us a call at 800.745.8800, ext. 2.

  9. George Londonberg says:

    This is great! I will definately try to do this someday. It would be great for my quick christmas decor I need!


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