10 ways to brighten up your home with washi tape

Decorate your home with a bit of washi tape - these crafty ideas are so easy!

We've fallen head over heels for the latest crafting craze of wonderful washi tape and our craft cupboard is full to the brim with a rainbow of colours and a whole host of patterns! Perfect for giving your home office or any other room a whole new look that won't break the bank. You can decorate everything from pen pots to furniture in no time at all.

Take a look at these simple projects for updating your home in a flash.

1. Pretty up glass vases

Wrap patterned paper around the bottle and tape in place at the back. Run some washi tape around the top of the paper and tie string around the bottle for a finishing touch.

glass flower vases

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2. Revamp a chair back

Update a plain chair with rainbow stripes. Carefully stick lengths of your chosen tape around the front of the chair and fold over to the back, trimming if necessary.

hester chair

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Hester chair, £95, Habitat.

3. Create stylish stationery

Personalise plain white or brown cards and envelopes by sticking strips of washi tape - try mixing different patterns.

stylish stationary

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4. Upcycle pen pots

Transform unwanted tin cans into handy pen pots by spray painting and wrapping in your favourite washi tapes.

upcycle pots for pen

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5. Make stripy notebooks

Customise your stationery with patterned tapes to suit your style. Mix and match designs for a fun and unique finish.

notebooks with tape and pens

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Washi tapes, from £4, Do Crafts.

6. Customise plain clipboards

Go for punchy neon stripes to brighten up a plain clipboard and play around with a geometric design for an on-trend finish.

paper with clipboard

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Variety of washi tapes, from £2.93 each, 3M Direct.

7. Make a bunting cake topper

Fold tabs of washi tape around twine then cut into triangles. Make two cuts at the top of paper straws and thread the twine through and let the bunting hang in place.

birthday party with cake

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8. Update plain picture frames

Remove the back of a frame and stick strips of washi tape across the front, wrapping them around to the rear of the frame. Add a pretty print, replace the back and display on the wall.

plain picture frame

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9. Design a stylish craft station

Choose extra wide washi tape and stick to a magnetic knife rack to add pattern. This works well for storing all your favourite craft tools.

magnetic strip to hold sizer

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10. Pretty up cork tiles

Make your own pin board using self-adhesive cork tiles. Create a geometric patten with washi tape and stick to the wall.

lamp on the table

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Liked this? Take a look at our craft videos for lots more ideas!


Heather Young

Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and Editor-In-Chief since 2023. She is an interiors journalist and editor who’s been working for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines for over 20 years, both in-house and as a freelancer.