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Six fun ways to decorate with washi tape

Washi tape has become a veritable crafting phenomenon. Unlike painting, it requires no crafting or technical skills whatsoever and can easily be removed, replaced or reinvented.

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Washi tape desk decor idea

Elisa Blaha

Washi tape has become a veritable crafting phenomenon. Unlike painting, it requires no crafting or technical skills whatsoever and can easily be removed, replaced or reinvented. So, not surprisingly, it’s been growing in popularity as a quick way to add pattern and colour to everyday pieces — and it’s a no-fuss (read: cheap) way to experiment with your decor.

We found these five great ideas using washi tape to inspire you:

1. On furniture

Liven up drab furniture with a rainbow of colour by taping stripes directly on to the surface. How fun is this rainbow desk?

Photo and instructions: Elise Blaha Cripe.

Decor idea: washi tape mural


 
Decor idea: washi tape mural

2. As a mural

Create fun wall art by taping directly to walls. I really like this sidewalk scene created by Dutch artist Nina van de Goor for her daughter.

Photo and instructions: Ninainvorm.

Decor idea: washi tape bunting


 
Decor idea: washi tape bunting

3. Washi tape bunting

Hang these in a kid’s bedroom to add a burst of colour or use them at your next party to create a festive atmosphere. Washi tape bunting is so easy to do — just fold tape over beading thread and cut ends to make little flags.

Photo: Poppytalk.


 

4. Simple panelling

This is an easy way to create the panelling effect — and also helps to add interest to a white or monochromatic room.

Photo: Julien Fernandez


 

5. Jars

With a little tape, old jars can be revamped to become prettier storage items.

Photo: Little Helsinki


 

6. Play time

Use tape to create a road map or race track for toy cars — the kids will have a fun area to play in!

Photo credit: Le Jardin de Juliette