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DIY Inspiration: Japanese Washi Tape

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Elizabeth from To Be Charmed sent over some fabulous DIY inspiration starring Japanese washi tape that she thought you guys would love – and I couldn’t agree more! In fact, I can’t wait to try this stuff out myself and just researched a bunch of different places to purchase washi tape (resources listed below).

If you’re not yet familiar with Japanese washi tape, it’s basically a multi-purpose adhesive tape (similar to masking tape) that’s used for things like gift-wrapping embellishments and arts & crafts projects.

japanese washi tape DIY projects

Pictured above and below are some fantastic examples from Elizabeth that demonstrate how the tape looks applied to vases and paper cups.

These examples utilize bright colors and fillers that are perfect for Spring… she even uses simple white eggs as a filler in of the vases – great inspiration for Easter celebrations!

japanese washi tape DIY projects

Click here for more tips and DIY details from Elizabeth over at her {absolutely adorable!} blog. She also includes some helpful hints that she learned along the way to help make things easier on you.

japanese washi tape DIY projects

japanese washi tape DIY projects

Thanks for sharing, Elizabeth!


Japanese Washi Tape – Where to Buy:
(The following shops have a GREAT selection of colors & patterns!)

Happy Tape
Pretty Tape

By |2018-12-19T15:51:09+00:00March 9th, 2010|Easter, Party Decor Projects|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (8) and Rylie (6). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. Aggie March 9, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    That is just way cool!

  2. Helena March 9, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    I love what she did!! really really lovely job!

  3. Lila Ferraro March 9, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    So gorgeious! Totally puts me in the spring mood!
    Lila Ferraro
    Queen Bedroom Sets

  4. Deemarie Parsons March 9, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Cool projects! I will also check her blog.

  5. Dognbird March 9, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    This is simply genius!

  6. Gray March 9, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    What a great idea. I can’t wait to get some Washi tape.

  7. Gray March 9, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    What a great idea. I can’t wait to get some Washi tape.

  8. [email protected] March 9, 2010 at 8:35 pm


    Tipsies: I recently picked up a number of rolls of similar in fun patterns at Michael’s in the $1 bins.

    I just used the red polka dot one here (in link above when you click my name) for the out of town mailed version of this invite and then at the party this weekend to add interest to the plain white cake table tablecloth.

    I also picked up some super cute acid green striped tape that I’m using to make “art” and other assorted goodies for a girl’s night party I’m cohosting this weekend.

    GET THIS TAPE, It’s my new fave “tool.”

  9. Rowaida Flayhan March 9, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    simply gorgeous!

  10. Elizabeth Goodman March 10, 2010 at 12:55 am

    HWTM – Thank you so much for posting the vases I decorated with Japanese Washi tape. All the wonderful feed back has been so incredible inspiring :)

    ~ Elizabeth Goodman

  11. The Fairy March 10, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Way cool. I can’t wait to try it!

  12. Linda March 12, 2010 at 10:29 am

    How innovative! I especially like the ones with the cut out and scalloped edged ones!

  13. Julianne March 13, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    What a chic idea, a great way to change a vase and add color!


  14. Susan Southerland March 24, 2010 at 7:40 am

    These are SO cute! What a budget-friendly way to add some personalized style to accessories, centerpieces, and more.

  15. Janice March 25, 2010 at 10:27 am

    cute cute and more cute – they are so awesome!!


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  18. Jill March 28, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Wow, these are so cute! What a great idea!


  19. Ashlee Brooke March 29, 2010 at 11:00 am

    So pretty… and easy, which I love! Thank you for sharing!

  20. Erica August 15, 2010 at 11:35 am

    The Greeting Farm is another great place to pick up some Washi tape (and they’re pretty competitive with price)


  21. Tiffany August 16, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    Gosh these vases are so pretty!! There are so many unique ways to use this great tape. =)

    Kawaii Tape also has a great selection of washi masking & cute decorative tapes.

  22. Sophia Jacob December 6, 2010 at 1:26 am

    Amazing!!! It’s so pretty..Thanks & Regards, How to plan a wedding

  23. Le Box Boutique January 5, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    I love these ideas and I’m addicted to Washi Tape! I’ve started selling it by the foot in my Etsy shop!!!

  24. rosa walker April 11, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Loving it!

  25. Jollygems April 19, 2011 at 1:10 am

    nice and beautiful post.

  26. GRACE May 24, 2011 at 12:42 am

    I am Grace from Somitape co,.td. My factory has produced Japanese washi tape. We can print any designs. att-ment(附件) is our product pictures. I promise it is our product indeed, not agent. So the price is very good for you. The most important is that our price is much cheaper than MT, and the quality is same as MT. if any we can help,pls contact me by this email [email protected] .Thank you very much.

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  28. kim June 21, 2011 at 6:24 am

    Super-cute idea! I re-posted on twitter and my facebook page today!

  29. doro K. August 17, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Love!! i suppose once i start i can’t stop me from taping vases.

    I linked to your tutorial on my blog – thanks for sharing!

    doro K.

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    Just stunning.

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    As a craft judge, it was interesting to see something new, and if it crops up at shows, I will now know what it is.

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