diy washi, patterned tape

I love the idea of Washi/Patterned paper tape… and I love my game table that I covered in paper tape.

However, I have (once again) discovered that I am a fussy crafter — at any given moment, I never have quite the right pattern/color/style of tape. I think that even if I had every available pattern/color, I would end up not having the right tape at the right moment.

And that got me thinking… because I do have this nifty roll of double-sided tape… could I make my own patterned tape?

diy washi patterned tape

Yes, I can.

diy washi pattern tape
As you can see from the picture, I’m preparing to make fancy tape out of a map from an old book, a thrift store silk neck tie, and some green tissue paper.


  • Double-Sided Tape
  • Various Papers
  • Straight Edge
  • Craft Knife, Scissors
  • Wooden Spools (optional)
  • Rubber Bands (optional)


This is so simple (and a wee bit addictive).  Mark my words, you will be looking at everything in your stash wondering if you can make tape out of it.

1. Place the desired paper (or fabric) “right side down” on work space. Leave the “backing paper” on the double-sided tape and run a line of tape (sticky side down) on top of your paper. The most important thing to remember is that you are placing the tape on the “back” of your paper or fabric.

2. If paper, use the ruler and the craft knife to trim off the excess paper. If fabric, use the scissors.

What you’re left with is a strip of tape that has your material on one side and the original white paper backing on the other side.  For simple storage, wrap the tape (white paper side “in”) around an old thread spool and secure with a rubber band.

For even simpler storage, toss your tape in a plastic zip bag and toss the bag in a drawer. But be forewarned, this option, while simple, does not photograph well.

“Need pretty pics for the blog,” is definitely the mother of some invention.

When you’re ready to use the tape, just peel off the paper backing and apply. Here’s an in progress pic of wrapping the “tissue paper tape” around a plain piece of cardboard.

diy washi pattern tape

And as I looked around my stash, my eyes fell on the finely shredded landscaping foam:

diy washi pattern tape

Yep, it worked!  Be forewarned, the landscaping foam tape sheds a bit.  This is one I would make on an “as needed” basis instead of prepping ahead.

Overall, I really like the freedom of making fancy tape out of whatever I happen to put my hands on… it’s all going to be different now. *knowing nod*  


I don’t know where I first read about Washi Paper Tape, but after seeing all the adorable patterns, vivid colors, and cheery polka dots, I knew one thing…

Washi Tape would never work with my style of paper crafting. Let’s face it, if it’s paper and it’s not distressed, ripped, and faded, I probably didn’t make it.

Still the vast array of options in something as convenient as sticky tape is a crafty siren song.

After staring longingly at all the Washi Tape on, I finally had an idea: convert a plain wooden occasional table into a game table.

Here’s the table in question:
original table

Since Washi Paper Tape is semi-transparent, my first step was to cover the dark dark table with pages from an old law book that I picked up at a thrift store for about $1.00.

This was a step that sounded like a good idea at the time. More on that later.

Table covered in paper

As you can see, I penciled in a checkerboard on the top. And then I went to work with the Washi Tape (followed by a couple of coats of a satin acrylic finish).

Finished Table

What did I learn in this process? Never ever use a decoupage style “undercoat” with Washi Tape. While not glaringly obvious in the pictures, every overlap, bump, and wrinkle is definitely noticeable through the tape.

I would have been much better off to have gone with a simple painted undercoat.

Also, if you’re doing a big project, measure carefully and order accordingly. Originally, I had planned to have a patterned design on the bottom shelf, but my Does-Not-Plan-Ahead self ran out of tape and the bottom shelf ended up with a coat of black paint.

Another tip: keep your craft blade sharp — I went through four or five X-Acto blades during this project. The minute the blade gets the slightest bit dull, any “free hand” cuts aren’t as straight as with a sharp blade.


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