DIY’s with Japanese Washi Tape



Instead of our usual DIY this week, I thought I’d share a series of easy projects that I’m dying to make using the current craze sweeping the interiors world – Japanese Washi tape.

Washi tape is essentially masking tape turned on it’s head by the clever Japanese and now produced in an array of wonderful patterns and colours, they can be layered up, written on and torn – you can use them to decorate anything!

You can buy these in the UK  from Present and Correct, at Pretty Tape on Etsy and from a huge selection at Happy Tape which ships from the US but is such a worthwhile addition to your stationary stash!

I love this sweet entertaining idea below – plain coloured washi tape within a colour scheme is simply folded intermittently around string to create a striking alternative bunting effect. They are also used as the tops of tiny flags at place settings.

Washi Tape

Beautiful taped jar lids…

Washi Tape

Glass bottles are wrapped and criss-crossed with pretty pastel print tape…

Washi Tape

Washi Tape

Create striking envelope seals…


Gridded tape is used to create a handmade looking personalised banner on a cupcake!

Washi Tape

Delicate packaging and labeling ideas…

Washi Tape

All images from Happy Tape and iDIY.

Author: Rohini Wahi

Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.

She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at

1 Comment on DIY’s with Japanese Washi Tape

  1. Joy
    Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 06:03 at 6:03 am (12 years ago)

    This is so cute. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

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