Crafternoon How-To: Washi Tape Words

I’m really loving washi tape at the moment – if you haven’t come across it before it’s a bit like decorative masking tape.  It originated in Japan and has the properties of rice paper so you can write on it and rip/cut it really easily to make crafty creations.  It also comes in every colour of the rainbow and pattern in creation so for all the magpies like me out there it’s amazingly fun to pick and choose your colour palettes!

Washi tape can be used to decorate cards, gift wrap, jars and cans, light fittings, making labels…anything really – I’ve even seen it used for nail art!  You can check out my pinterest board for more imaginative uses by following the link here.  Today I’m using a technique to create larger shapes from strips of washi tape using greaseproof paper.

You Will Need:

  • Greaseproof paper
  • washi tape
  • canvas – I’m using a 20cm x 20cm canvas bought off amazon
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • ruler

Step One: Design

Gather your materials and decide on your design.  Today I’m creating words but you could also work with patterns and shapes (look out for another washi wall art tutorial coming soon along these lines).  I’ve gone with Crafters Gonna Craft but you could pick a saying, an action or even lines from a song.

Once you’ve chosen your design draw lines onto your greaseproof paper in pencil into which your words will fit so that they’re all the same size, and then draw your letters into place.

washi tape words Crafternoon Cabaret Club

Step Two; Washi washi

Now for the fun bit – cover your design (still right side up so you can read the words) with washi tape.  The side facing you will also be the side you can see on your finished piece so keep this in mind when layering colours.  Make sure all the letters in your design are covered and that your washi tape overlaps.


Step Three: Snip

Flip your paper over – you should be able to see your original pencil lines through the greaseproof paper.  Cut out your letters neatly.

washi tape words Crafternoon Cabaret Club

Step Four: Peel and Stick

Now you just need to peel the greaseproof paper off the back of the washi tape and stick your letters into place.  If you’re finding separating the greaseproof paper difficulty (or if you don’t have nails) fold the edge of the letter over onto the greaseproof paper side and the two layers should separate slightly so you can then peel them away.  Stick your letters into place and press down.  Don’t worry too much – because washi tape is low tack you can easily peel it off to reposition if needs be but do be careful not to pull your tape out of shape.

And you’re done!  Display, stand back and enjoy!

Happy Crafternoon!

washi tape words Crafternoon Cabaret Club


Photography by Hannah Cox.  Covered under copyright © creativise

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