by Julia Malacoff
It’s true that washi tape has been around on the blogosphere for what seems like forever, but lucky for us, crafty DIY-ers are still coming up with cool new ways to use it. It’s truly one of the most versatile materials out there, since it comes in pretty much every color and pattern you can imagine. This project-friendly material is completely temporary when used for decor purposes, making it an amazing solution for renters who want to do a little non-permanent wall or furniture embellishment. Plus, at $5 or less per roll, you’re really getting some bang for your buck.
Adding rounded stripes to a simple white vase creates the illusion of a more sophisticated pottery piece.
This basic black and white accent wall requires minimal skill but delivers maximum impact.
Frame vintage-style prints with colorful washi tape. Incorporate varied shapes for a more elegant look.
Create a wall calendar in your office with contrasting tape colors. It’s not only functional, but also serves as wall art. Plus, when you’re ready to remove it, it’ll be gone without a trace.
At your next party (or even your wedding!) create your own table numbers on vintage books. With all the tape choices out there, you can completely customize them to your event’s color scheme.
Make a basic staircase pop with a rainbow of washi tape. Be sure to vary the length, thickness and color of the stripes to get the same artful effect seen here.
Washi tape is an amazing way to make basic stationery feel extra special. Add some to any plain card for an instant upgrade.
Add some fun to any arch or doorway with these clever stripes.
Want to spice up your keyboard? Not only does this idea give your technology a little more personality, it actually protects the keys from getting dirty. Win-win.
Why should your fridge be boring? Take a cue from this fab kitchen and add some funky stripes to your most-used kitchen appliance.
You’d never know this Ikea stool wasn’t painted to be brighter, but it’s actually covered in washi tape!
Once you learn how to wrap presents with this stuff, your gift-giving skillz will never be the same.
We love this genius clock DIY, which lets you take something super plain to a totally new level.
This accent wall idea is like confetti exploded on your wall, but in a good way.
Line the molding on your cabinets with a bright tape color to make them feel anything but blah.
A plain bedside table is totally transformed by adding nautically-inspired stripes.
Just when you thought succulents couldn’t get any cuter. Boom.
Decorate the disposable cutlery for your next get-together for a little something special.
There’s no need for framed art when you can create your own right on the wall. This perfectly minimal design is enough to fill up this blank space without distracting from the rest of the room.
If you bring your lunch to work in mason jars or use them around the house for storage, make them feel a little special with some colorful stripes.
Decorate a basic white wall to create a lovely and colorful vignette.
This bright geometric wall design adds a little bit of color to a fresh white bedroom.
DIY a phone case for yourself or a friend––this project makes a great gift!
Create shapes on a wall for a fun, temporary decoration. This adorbs cactus design is perfect for a kid’s bedroom.
No molding on your doors or walls? No prob! You can always use tape to create the illusion of some where it’s not.
Spruce up an old or plain mirror with stripes in every color of the rainbow to make it a focal point rather than an afterthought.
Create your own art with washi tape, then frame it and mount it on your wall. We love this NYC skyline example.
Give a plain door new life with tape going in varied directions. Try mixing one patterned tape with several solids, as shown here, for a coordinated but still funky effect.
This chair DIY is ideal for anyone hoping to add color to their dining room or kitchen without making a major commitment.
Cover cardboard letters with washi tape for a colorful and homemade monogram you can stick on any wall or bookshelf.
When a room is mostly white, you can really go crazy with as many bright colors as you want for your washi tape accent wall.
Create a pretty vase from a glass jar using a few different types of tape.
If you can’t find the exact accent mirror you’re looking for, try creating one of your own. This black and white one fits in seamlessly with the rest of the room’s decor.
These custom notebooks make great party favors or study motivation aides.
Make your staircase an inspiring part of your home rather than just a structural element. Spell out your favorite quote, a message to your loved ones, or even your family’s names on the stairs. Plus, you can change up the words as often as you like since the tape easily peels off.