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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.

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

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