10 ways to use washi tape


 We are all hording the sticky, tacky colorful goodness that is Washi Tape! We use it in Smash Pages, Scrapbook Pages, Cards and other creations. Below I have 10 ways that you can use this plethora of patterns on a roll.

1. Sentiments/Journaling

Stamp or write directly on to the tape (a solvent based stamp in or slick writer style pen works best) then add it to your project. Its a different way to add your sentiment and in scrapbooking the low tack tape makes it easy to make corrections without ruining your page.

2. Borders

Make your own border stickers with Washi Tape and decorative scissors! Another reason not to throw those kiddy shears away!

3. Banners

A little coordinating twine, tape and scissors is all you need to make a fun and easy banner element for scrapbook pages or just to hang up in your craft space.

4. Flags

Little stick pin flags are all the rage right now! Make your own with some colorful topped pins and tape. Punch or stamp onto the tape for that little bit extra detail.

5. cover ANYTHING

If you can stick tape to it you can give it the Washi Treatment. Pencils, shelves, boxes, cutlery, vases, pots, phone covers, pill bottles (like my excederin tension headache here) and much much more. The transparent nature of the tape means you can go nuts with layers of color and pattern. Why have a boring world?

6. Binding Tape

Make your own mini albums, books, hide some journaling and more! Washi tape is strong yet flexible enough to make it a great substitute for binding tape. 

7. Make your own Trim

Pleat it, fringe it, ruffle it or whatever else you can come up with to make a fabulous trim that you then don’t have to mess around with adhering. If you don’t want a portion to stick (like on the fringe) just dust the back with embossing powder to make the sticky, unsticky.

8. Masking

Make your own shapes, patterns and backgrounds using your Washi Tape like a mask. Stick it down gently and wait for your paper to dry before peeling it up to see your results. Varying the width of tape can also add interest.

9. Backgrounds

Cover the whole background of a card, make a frame for a picture or your own customized pattern paper shape with a bit of tape, scrap paper and your favorite die. 

10. Organization

Since the tape is low tack its great to label things you may want to relabel later. Files, boxes, shelves, anything and everything can be identified without permanently writing on it with Washi Tape!


I know this has barely scratched the surface of things we can do with this versatile item. So that begs that question, what do you do with your Washi?

  • Zildara says:

    What a great post! Going nuts with tape sounds like a good way to spend a Sunday… Thanks!

  • jessica says:

    I just got my first bunch of washi tape and looking for ideas as to how to use it…thanks for sharing yours!!
    I would probably use it for tags….to make flowers..wow the possibilities are endless!

  • Rachel Parys says:

    Looooove these ideas!! I tend to hoard my tape, don’t know why?? I am totally making some flags, and a few of these other handy items!

  • Sara Schumann says:

    Great ideas! I love them!

  • Marianne says:

    I’m new to washi tape, but after reading all your fabulous ideas, I think I should add it to my ever growing wish list.

  • Andrea says:

    I have just started “collecting” washi tape and have yet to use it on anything! Thanks SO much for the ideas!!!

  • Amy O says:

    I haven’t used any yet – have a few rolls and I’ve been waiting for a good match with the papers I’m using… should probably base a card around the washi tape pattern/colors, huh? I love the flags and punching through them – what a great idea!

  • Angie Ha says:

    Great tips! I know I have lots of tape in my stash 😉 I love how that sentiment looks on the tape!

  • Kimberli Sarsfield says:

    Haha! I love that– give it the Washi Treatment:) Wonderful ideas in this segment, thank you! I’m always hoarding my washi tape so I just need to break out and tape away! I really like the die cutting it idea:)

  • Billie A says:

    Love the ideas on the Washi use. Great ideas. I have used Washi to divide the card area and make the top part the image/flower/sentiment area. Have used it to border around the card either using same color Washi or simular /corresponding colors, then image /sentiment or embellishments in center. Thanks for more ideas

  • Loreneyt says:

    Great ideas with the washi tape. I have been staring at those and wondering what I could do. Now, I have some ideas, thanks!!

  • Sue D says:

    I don’t have any original ideas for using washi tape–I use many of the ones listed and I think I saw someone made flowers with them.

  • Christina says:

    Really fun and great tips!! Thanks!

  • Emily Shroom says:

    Awesome ideas, now I just need to start a Washi collection…

  • Reshma says:

    Love them all! I love washi tapes in gold…and have quite a bunch. Off to do some special stuff with them. Thanks for the i d e a s!

  • Michelle Hernandez says:

    This is a GREAt post- I have TONS of washi and it’s just sitting there- not for lack of trying but because I always remember it’s there after I’ve almost finished a page. LOVE the little flags! So cute! Great photography here- LOVE the borders idea.

    • Kristy says:

      Thanks! That’s big props on the photography coming from you 🙂

  • Laura says:

    So pretty! I will have to give Washi a try.

  • Nick says:

    I love Washi but it falls out of my mind every now and then. I also use it for smash albums and masking. I think I will try to alter my boring pencils at school. That was a great idé, TFS!

  • Jennyfer L says:

    I use it for cards! Great uses and TFS!

  • Cheryl says:

    I just love Wasbi tape!

  • Liz O says:

    Thanks for sharing your ideas, I have yet to buy some washi tape, I got some from a friend but is so pretty I don’t want to use it LOL!
    Have a wonderful day!

  • Nicole says:

    I love this blog post. Great Washi tape ideas. I’m loving the flags and banners thanks for sharing.

  • Annette says:

    Lots of creative ideas Kristy, thanks for sharing, I only have three rolls of washi tape, so I have just been admiring them for now lol Take careX:)

  • Grace O. says:

    i don’t have many washi tapes but I love using them to create rainbow backgrounds =)

  • Anita A says:

    Stunning ideas! I don’t have any washi tape or least just a couple tim holtz’s tape that I hoard and don’t use.

  • Ruza says:

    These are great ideas!
    I already use them on cards, and just recently use some to create my own DP for a gift tag and it looked really cool!
    Going to have to try some of the other ideas! TFS!

  • Rae Ann says:

    I have successfully managed to not buy any washi tape…yet. You are making this very hard for me!

  • JLJ Designs says:

    I have a little washi tape, but I haven’t really used it. Thanks for the great tips.


  • Linda F says:

    I went a little nuts at a recent craft show and bought a pile of washi tape without the faintest idea what to do with it. Just loved the colours and designs – so thanks very much for the ideas – hopefully now it wont be one of those impulse buys that just lies around looking pretty but not doing much else, lol. cheers Linda

  • Lorianna says:

    So LOVE this tut!!!!!!!
    Thanks so much!

  • Madeleen says:

    Thanks so much for sharing! I had to share this on FB too – amazing ideas!

  • Sheila says:

    So far I haven’t used my washi tape but I’ve done an excellent job at collecting them. I love the idea of using washi tape for sentiments. I’m going to try that. All excellent ideas!!

  • Loz ♥ says:

    I’ve oly recenlty aquired my first washi (there will be lots more to come!!), I love the little banner/flag idea! so simple 🙂

  • Laura Karaba says:

    LOVE your ideas! (Thanks for the chance to win free stuff to feed my papercrafting addiction!)

  • Carly W says:

    I still haven’t tried tape yet … but now I want to even more!!! this looks so versatile and textural!

    xoxoox Carly

  • Lucianna says:

    I have some and now I have a reason to experiment, thank you 🙂

  • Lizzie O says:

    I love that you covered the pill bottle!!!

  • Gin Oak says:

    I don’t actually have any washi tape yet… but that issue is soon to be rectified 😉

  • Loreneyt says:

    Love! Love! Love! these ideas. I especially liked the little stick pin flags.

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