5 DIY Ideas for Washi Tape
Washi tape is a versatile and colorful adhesive tape that has become increasingly popular in recent years. It is made from traditional Japanese paper, called washi, and comes in a variety of colors, patterns, and widths. Despite its delicate appearance, washi tape is durable and easy to use, making it a go-to material for many DIY projects.
Trust me when I say it's not just for journaling! Here are five uses for washi tape that can help you add some personality to your home and accessories.
DIY Idea #1: Decorate Your Walls
College students rejoice: Washi tape is an excellent alternative to traditional wallpaper or painting, especially if you're living in a rental or temporary space. It's easy to apply and remove without damaging your walls. You can create patterns or designs on your walls, such as stripes or a grid, using different colored washi tape. You can also use washi tape to create an accent wall or a feature wall by creating a mural or graphic design. I wish I knew about this when I was living in a dorm!
The video below, made by Craftsy, is an amazing example of how you can get started.
DIY Idea #2: Organize Your Desk
If you have a cluttered desk or workspace, washi tape can help you organize your supplies and keep things tidy. You can use it to label your folders or files, highlight important notes or reminders, and even create your own planner or calendar. You can also use washi tape to decorate your desk accessories, such as your pencil holder, tape dispenser, or stapler. Speaking of, I should really take advantage of this one more...
DIY Idea #3: Personalize Your Tech
Washi tape can add some fun and color to your tech devices, such as your laptop, phone, or tablet. You can create a unique design or pattern by cutting and layering different washi tapes. Too many wires and not enough time? You can also use washi tape to label your charger cords or to mark your earphones so that they are easy to identify.
DIY Idea #4: DIY Gift Wrapping
Washi tape can be used to add a personal touch to your gift wrapping. You can use it to create a border or a pattern on plain wrapping paper or to decorate gift bags or boxes. You can also create your own gift tags using washi tape by cutting out a shape, such as a heart or a star, and attaching it to your gift with a piece of washi tape.
There are many more elaborate tricks to decorating your presents with washi tape. If you're ready to move to the next level, check out this video by Gift Wrapping Love.
DIY Idea #5: Arts & Crafts
Washi tape can be used to create DIY art that can be hung on your walls or displayed on a shelf. You can create a geometric pattern or a collage by cutting and layering different washi tapes on a canvas or a piece of cardboard. You can also use washi tape to create your own photo frames or to decorate your picture frames.
My personal favorite? Washi tape is great for taping down the sides of Pokémon cards as I paint them. It stops the "canvas" from moving and prevents any unnecessary spills on whatever I'm painting over. There are plenty of other methods for creating crafts: this video by Meerkat Makes shows how you can use washi tape to make a greeting card for friends and family!
In conclusion, washi tape is a versatile and affordable material that can be used in a variety of ways to add some color and personality to your home and accessories. Whether you're decorating your walls, organizing your desk, personalizing your tech, gift wrapping, or creating DIY art, washi tape can help you achieve your desired look.
So go ahead and explore the different uses of washi tape and unleash your creativity, but don't forget to send me some pics! I'd love to see the inventive ways you use it.