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DIY Washi Tape Ideas

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Over the last few months, my Pinterest and Instagram feeds have been full of amazing DIY and decor ideas using washi tape. Eventually, a few weeks ago, my curiosity got the better of me, and I decided to order myself a few reels of the stuff, so that I could see what all the fuss was about… and I loved it!

For anyone who’s not seen it before, washi tape a Japanese rice paper tape (although, it’s not as delicate as it sounds), usually in patterned, or colourful designs. The great things about washi tape is that it doesn’t leave a residue when stuck on most surfaces, which means it is perfect for decorating so many things around the home – you can even put it directly onto walls, frames, shelves, mirrors etc, without worrying about leaving a mark. I am always keen to try new craft ideas, especially ones that seem this simple, so I was pretty excited to see what I could do.


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The first thing I wanted to try, and the reason I initially bought the tape, was this Washi Tape Lettering idea. I’d seen Lia Griffith’s DIY Lettering idea using different patterned monochrome washi tape, and just loved how it looked, so wanted to give it a go myself.

I went online and ordered several monochrome patterned washi tape (you can find loads of different designs on eBay or Amazon). I tried to choose designs that were all pretty different, but would work well together – there were so many to choose from! I think this would look amazing in pastels, or bright, contrasting colours too!

Once I had worked out which order I wanted them to be in, I drew and cut out my ‘L’ letter. I did this freehand, but you can find templates online that you can print out and trace.

washi tape lettering

Applying the washi tape is really straightforward – you simply cut a piece of washi tape slightly longer than the strip you need (I wanted mine in a diagonal so they were slightly longer) and stick it onto the card.

You then stick the loose ends on the underside of the card and move onto the next strip!

N.B. If you choose a serif font (one with those flicks on the ends like mine), then the ends can be slightly trickier. What you have to do is stick the tape down as normal, and then, trim off most of the ends, so that you have less to tuck under. Any excess tape on the corners simply snip off right up to the edge of the card! This will keep your design nice and neat.

Voila, you have a washi tape letter! I’ve used mine in a photoframe, but you could do so many things with these! I’m tempted to make a ‘Home Sweet Home’ sign with these next!

Revamped Photo Frames

With loads of washi tape leftover after my Lettering was finished, I turned my attention to some old photo frames that had been sat in a box in my spare rooms for months, as they simply didn’t “fit” anywhere in our new house.

Armed with the concept that washi tape will stick to nearly anything, I decided to give these old frames a makeover.

washi tape photo frame decor ideas

For these, I literally just cut the washi tape to the size of each side of the frame and stuck them on, piece by piece.

For the corners, I cut the tape into the shape of the angle, so that each piece fitted perfectly. However, it doesn’t matter too much with these particular tapes, as they are fairly translucent, and so you don’t really notice a bit of overlap!

For these three frames, I spent a total of less than an hour, so it really doesn’t take long, and gives you instant results that you can use immediately! My favourite pattern is the fan pattern, as it gives a really elegant finish to what were some quite old, shabby photo frames!

Washi Tape Decorative Touches

Finally, I had the idea of adding a touch of pattern to the old shelves in my sewing room. The shelves are pretty plain pine, but they do the job, so Im not too fussed about changing them just yet, however, adding just a strip of washi tape luckily it fitted perfectly!) along the edge of the two shelves just gave it a really nice personal touch.

Super sweet, super easy!

washi tape shelf edging ideas

Next, Im thinking I may order some pretty pastel coloured washi tape and get decorating some candles and other nick nacks!

Have any of you got any other washi tape ideas? Id love to hear them!


Journalism Graduate, Fashion/Lifestyle Blogger and Crafting Enthusiast. Bristol, UK.

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  • Reply Samantha Elaine 05/08/2014 at 2:39 pm

    Oh I love these ideas! I especially like the letter one. I have been using washi tape to stick things on the walls because I rent and also it’s easier to change things up.

    • Reply Leah 05/08/2014 at 3:23 pm

      Thanks Samantha 🙂 That’s such a good idea – It’s so nice to be able to just swap and change it whenever you want! Perfect for rental pads! x

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