Simple Solutions: Decorate bottles with washi tape

Customise plain accessories using decorative tape. Ideal Home’s Style Editor Alice shows you how to upgrade clear glass bottles with Japanese-style washi tape.

Step 1: To add a panel of pretty wrapping paper to a plain bottle, measure the circumference of the bottle and height of the area you want to cover.

Step 2: Mark out these measurements on a scrap piece of wrapping paper and cut out, adding a 1cm overlap to the circumference measurement.

Step 3: Stick a tab of double-sided tape to the wrong side of one end of the paper. Wrap the paper around the bottle and stick in place.

Step 4: Run a short length of decorative around the top edge of the paper.

Step 5: Cut a length of baker’s twine, tie it around the bottle below the decorative tape and tie in place for a finishing touch.

Top tip: you can buy decorative tape in crafts or stationery stores and it is available in a range of colours and styles. Look out for transparent tapes, which are perfect for using on clear glass accessories.

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