10 Things You Can Do With Washi Tape

What is Washi tape?

Washi tape originates from Japan, Wa means Japanese and shi means paper.

It is a low tack, decorative tape that can be used to add colour and pattern to almost anything and loved by crafters and stationery addicts.

What makes Washi tape so special?

Unlike paper that's made from tree pulp, Washi tape is made from Japanese shrubs, typically ganpi, kozo, mistumata or sometimes hemp.

Washi tape is made out of highly renewable resources and is biodegradable so you can recycle your Washi tape.

Washi tape is low tack and can easily be removed without leaving a residue. It will stick to most surfaces including wood, plastic, metal and walls.

It's great for kids crafts as it's easy to tear so no scissors are required but also handy if you can't find your scissors! 

It may be easy to tear but it's still durable. It's waterproof and heatproof so you can use it for messy art and craft projects and it will peel off without damage.

Washi tape is so versatile which is why it's so popular.

What can I do with Washi tape?

You might think this all sounds great but what can I actually do with this tape?

Here are a few ideas to get you started....

Bullet Journal / Planner / Scrapbooking

Washi tape is great for scrapbooks and journals. You can use it as an embellishment or a colourful way to stick down other pieces. Here are some examples....

Hide mistakes! 

There's nothing worst than a smudge mark or a spelling mistake but instead of starting again or ripping a page out you can use Washi tape to cover them up.

Add colour and pattern to your layouts.

You could have the tape running straight down the page for a neat edge, or add little details, or you can use them as banners. 

Instead of cutting/tearing the tape straight, why not try cutting the tape in different ways....

Different Bullet Journal headers with Washi Tape.

Washi tape can also be written on if you want to add words to your headings or draw a stitch line like I have done on the bunting.

Stick elements to your pages

Examples of how to use Washi Tape on your scrapbook page. Dog's first train ride.

For my scrapbook page about my dog's first train ride, I used paw print Washi tape to attach the photo and the ticket (so cute they gave dogs tickets too!). I've also used it for decoration. He really enjoyed the train! 😄🐾

Make Mini Bunting

Washi tape made into mini bunting. How to use Washi tape

You may have spotted the bunting on my scrapbook page. I made this by folding the Washi tape over some twine or ribbon. Ideal for scrapbooking, card making and journalling.

Or a cute decoration....

Mini bunting made out of washi tape to decorate a photo frame

I attached the bunting with Washi tape on to the back of the photo frame. Using a photo of my dog again, this is from the first time he went to the beach ❤️

Pretty Notebook Tabs

Washi Tape used as tabs to mark page in journal and notebooks

If you want to highlight a page or want to separate your notebook out for different projects you can use Washi tape. A pretty an easy way to divide your pages.

Paper Clips

Washi tape used to decorate paper clips

 Thread the Washi tape through the paperclip and fold it so it sticks to itself.  

You can use them as bookmarks or to mark pages in your journal/notebook.

Decorate Envelopes and Gift Wrapping

Decorate Envelopes with Washi tape. Ways to use washi tape

how to use Washi tape, decorate gifts

Make your cards and gifts stand out in the pile by using Washi tape to decorate them.

Although Washi tape can be used to wrap gifts, I wouldn't to use it for packaging, especially for boxes travelling long distances.

Gift Tags

Washi tape used to make a gift tag

Make and decorate your own gift tag to match your gift wrap.

Wall Art

Washi tape used to hang wall art. What to do with Washi tape

I like to use Washi tape to attach pictures to the wall in my studio as I like to change things around regularly.  It's quick, and an easy way to add an extra pop of colour/pattern to my wall. 

However, I recommend testing it first to make sure it will not damage the surface or paint work. I would also remove it slowly and gently, a swift movement might cause the paint to come away especially if it has been on the wall for a while.

Home Decor

Washi tape used to decorate and upcycle a photo frame

Washi tape is great for upcycling projects around the home, you can jazz up plant pots or upcycle a photo frame. Don't upcycle any antiques or anything valuable, as with using it for wall art, after a while the tape adheres to its surface more stubbornly so it could damage items when removed.

The possibilities are endless! Washi tape can be used wherever your creativity takes you.  What would you use it for?

Of course I have a range of Washi tape available here.  Don't forget to share how you use it on Instagram/Facebook tagging me and using the hashtag #fizzijayne. I'd love to see what you create and you will inspire others.

Have a great day!


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