10 Adorable Ideas for Your Washi Tape Addiction

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Obsessed with washi tape?

Washi tape is a type of Japanese inspired decorative tape that’s super popular with crafters and is basically the cutest craft supply EVER! With all the different styles and designs available, there’s a washi tape for EVERYONE.  Each time we feature a fantastic deal on this style of tape, readers are curious about how to use it.

There are SO MANY ways to use washi tape!

You can do everything from using it in handmade crafts such as cards and gift wrapping to adding style to your cell phone case and electronic cords.  There are tons of creative uses for washi tape so today I’m sharing some of my favorites.

Where can I find washi tape?

Most craft stores and big-box retailers sell washi tape in the craft section. Target even sells some in the Bullseye’s Playground area sometimes for just $1. I actually have this awesome 45 piece box set from Michaels.com that I LOVE.

Don’t forget to check for mobile coupons at stores like Michaels to save even more, and keep your eyes peeled for clearance too!

After you’ve scored a great deal on Washi Tape, check out these FUN ideas…

1.) Craft Stick Bracelets 

Learn how to make these fun bracelets from wooden craft sticks and embellish them with either paper or washi tape!

2.) Plan for Fabulous

Add some style and functionality to your daily planner! Designate a specific color or pattern of tape for each event or section to stay organized.

3.) Customize Your Keys

Decorate your computer’s keyboard with coordinating styles and textures of washi tape for a fun DIY.

4.) DIY Paper Clip Jewelry

Learn how to craft these easy to make bracelets and necklaces with the kiddos as a fun activity!

5.) DIY Toothpick Flags

Make some simple flags by folding over washi tape on a toothpick! You can use these as cupcake toppers or even in appetizers for entertaining.

6.) Gift Wrap Like a Boss

Elevate your gift wrapping game by using washi tape to embellish boxes. So fun and easy!

7.) Make Your Own Greeting Cards

Mix different patterns and styles of washi tape for an adorable and thoughtful birthday card.

8.) Washi Tape Eyeglasses

Change up your eyeglasses by adding color to the rims!

9.) Embellish Your Phone Cord

Decorate your cell phone and computer cords so everyone knows it’s yours and won’t steal it! 😀

10.) Up-cycle a Tin Can

Add washi tape to a can or really any container or box to reuse as a DIY pencil holder or vase!

Join The Discussion

Comments 34

  1. Jennlk84

    I have SO much washi tape! I typically use it in my planner for decorating and on cards & letters that I send through the mail. This gave me a few new ideas – thanks!

    • Lina D

      Sure! Thanks for stopping by 👍

    • Kyliejay!

      Me too!

  2. Iluvh2s

    I live in Japan and buy washi tape whenever I’m at the 100 yen store. Lately I’ve been using it to decorate presents. I bought a roll of brown kraft paper and use different types of washi tape on it. I don’t need to store millions of different rolls of wrapping paper when I have washi tape. It’s so minimal, but every present looks unique!

  3. Nina

    Japanese always coming up with the most unique stuff. To me washi tape is just another fun way to be creative and de stress and that’s always a good thing.

  4. Amber

    I love to craft but I’ve never been able to get into this.

  5. Yana

    I bought a bundle from Michaels last December but they dont stick long. I tried it in a treat bag and my charger. After a day they are falling apart. Is it supposed to be sticky like tape? Did I get a bad batch?

    • Lina D

      Oh darn. Mine is pretty sticky. I also have a lot of the Scotch brand from Target. 👍

      • Yana

        Thanks Lina. I guess mine is bad. I got the 45 tape box from Michael’s. I tried 4 different rolls and they are all the same. Not sticky at all. I was excited when I got it as I see a lot of crafty uses on pinterest for it. Now Im so disappointed.

        I like all your posts!! Thanks for all the ideas

        • Lina D

          That’s so nice! Thanks so much for your kind words 😀

        • Gscribble

          I had the same issue with mine from Michaels 😕

  6. Brandy

    All of our chargers (phones, tablets, wireless headphones, etc.) are “taped” with individual patterns for each family member. No more “That’s my charger!” “No, it’s not!” “Have you seen my charger?” I made a little cheat sheet of who’s print is what and it stays on the fridge. Instantly made everyone more accountable for keeping up with their own stuff, I no longer find ALL the chargers in one unnamed child’s room, and the tape hasn’t budged at all. Best idea ever!

    • Just passing through

      Lol. I’ve had to label my chargers for when I travel to visit family 😂. I use sharpies tho

    • Lina D

      Haha you’re my hero! That’s so smart!

    • SaraJ

      We have 7 kids and over 30 Apple devices (not to mention droid devices!). Great idea!

  7. Shannon

    I love the tin can. I use them for pencils all the time with scrapbook or wrapping paper around them but this is a great idea!

    • Lina D

      Oh thanks Shannon!

  8. Vea

    I use washi tape to add a special touch on items that I sell online. I tape up the packages nice & pretty along with the mailing envelopes! My customers love it!!

    • Lina D

      Love the small details like this!

  9. Diana

    Thanks! Cute ideas. The few times i have used washi tape— it just rolled back up? It wouldnt stay down 🙁
    Y? So i stopped using it. It was driving me crazy.

  10. Shelly

    Mine are also the scotch brand purchased from Target and work really well. I have used them on tons of stuff. My favorite way to use them is re-purposing magnet strips. When you get Shutterfly magnets there is a strip that has the barcode that most people trash. I put blue painters tape and then washi tape on top. I use them as magnet strip for pictures, art work, and kids awards that we want to put on the fridge. They are so cute!

    • Lina D

      That’s super smart Shelly! How cute.

  11. NewCrafter

    After putting the tape on Mason jars – what should be sprayed over it so everything stays ?

  12. Kyliejay!

    Thanks for all of the great ideas, I love washi tape!

    • Lina D

      You’re so welcome 👍

  13. mAb

    If you put the washi tape on an object, like a keyboard, does it remove easily after awhile? This article and ideas were wonderful. Think I will need to try some! Thanks so much and appreciate any answers.

  14. Denise

    My girls won the rainwater regatta. We decorated the sail with wasbi tape and it looked great.

  15. Diana

    Now that my daughter is at home due to the pandemic, I use my tape as entertainment. I have her using it in place of stickers. We just peal and stick it to paper… I have a toddler.

    • Stacy F (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      That is awesome fine motor skill work! I have taped down small animals/toys and then had my littles peel them up. Such easy entertainment.

  16. Michelle

    Washi tape on clothes pins! Wal-Mart also sells Scotch brand washi tape. Love the metallic washi rolls.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Love that idea!

  17. Michelle

    Washi on tea lights too. Hobby Lobby has a decent selection on sale but you have to pay shipping.

  18. Kay

    Dollar Tree sells them too. I repurpose the BBW candle jars n use washi tape to decorate the jar n lid. I bought a dollhouse bookshelf off FB with lots of stains. I’m too lazy to move it n paint it. I’m thinking bout using washi tape to cover up all the stains.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh how smart Kay – fun idea!

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