How To Make Your Own Washi Tape Tutorial

There are so many great washi tape ideas out there but it isn’t always easy to cute patters. So how about a tutorial for how to make your own washi tape? I used patterned napkins and tissue paper to make it!
Make Your Own Washi Tape

 Since this month’s Pinspired and Rewired contest theme is washi tape and I’ve wanted to try to make my own washi tape for quite awhile now after seeing it in several different places like here at Nifty Thrifty Things.  I figured there was no time like the present to try it out but this isn’t truly washi tape…its more like decorator tape since I didn’t use washi paper.

Making the washi tape is very basic and requires just a few supplies:

Double Sided Tape
Waxed Paper
Tissue Paper or Napkins
Cardboard Tube

Several years ago the company my husband worked for was throwing away some rolls of double sided tape and he scooped them up.  So, far I haven’t even gone through a single roll and that is what I used for this project.  But if you aren’t so lucky as to have a stash of double sided tape, it is available everywhere from stores like Target and Walmart to Michaels and even at office supply stores.  You can even buy it with a backing on one side and that would eliminate the need for the waxed paper.
Put strips of doubled sided tape on the waxed paper and then cut them out.
Next, place strips of tape on the tissue paper or napkins with the sticky side down.  I found some cute tissue paper at Target but I was expecting a bigger selection.  As I was searching around from some more designs, I spotted some adorable napkins and knew they would look cute too.  I also found some tissue paper in the dollar section.
Then, cut any excess paper off the tape.
DIY Washi Tape
Cut the cardboard tube to the width of your washi tape and wrap the tape around it.
Secure it with a twist tie.
When you want to use a piece, peel off the waxed paper backing.

Washi Tape Ideas

The DIY washi tape turned out so cute that I can’t wait to make some more!

 Have you tried using washi tape yet?

Here are a couple more Washi Tape Ideas:


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  1. Cynthia Horacek says

    I loved this tutorial; I tried it, but the wax paper wouldn’t peel off of my double-sided tape! I used Scotch brand double sided; nothing special there! I tried tissue paper and fabric, and each time, no matter what, my wax paper just tore and wouldn’t peel off. Any tips? Thanks.

    • Tonia says

      Maybe my doubled sided tape was less sticky since my husband’s work was throwing it away? I would suggest using something stronger than wax paper such as freezer paper or parchment paper. Best of luck!

  2. Maya says

    This is wonderful idea.
    Thank you.
    But, can you tell me where i cam by design like thin on your picture? Not completely same.
    In our country we have just one color paper :(

  3. Crewzette says

    Thank You for Sharing how-to make our own Washi Tape! I have a step-daughter who became disable last year. When her Birthday came around this year, I found out she wanted to start creating and making her own greeting cards. I have been supplying her with easy card-making supplies. Last night I purchased a Washi Tape Dispenser online for her. Hopefully she will be able to make her own Washi Tape when I print out the instructions for her. Her husband works, cooks, goes to the grocery store and takes very good care of his wife! I would enjoy receiving your ideas and suggestions! I will be glad to share your ideas/suggestions with my step-daughter which I know she would enjoy! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, 2015!


  4. says

    I’ve been wondering how I could get hold of something like Washi tape it seems such a good idea, but I am in England and haven’t come across this product, there is some thing similar in very limited designs and colours.4 of each. So thank you so very much for showing us this technique. I am doing designs with some nice fine fabric at the moment so I will definitely be using some of the left over scraps for your brilliant idea. my best regards Janet.

    • Tonia says

      Hi Maziah,
      You use double sided tape to make the washi tape. One side of the double sided tape will have waxed paper on it and the other side will have tissue paper.
      1) Put strips of double sided tape on the waxed paper and then cut them out.
      2) Next, place the strips of tape on the tissue paper or napkins with the sticky side down.
      3) Then, cut any excess paper off the tape.
      I hope that helps! ~Tonia

  5. michelle says

    This is very cute but to call it homemade washi tape seems a bit off base. Washi tape is made out of nontoxic adhesive, is reusable and not made out of plastic Tape.

  6. says

    Just wanted to let you know I posted a link to your blog on a website I blog for, I thought your tutorial was interesting and helpful, I just recently discovered this Washi tape trend.

  7. Magdalene says

    Thank you so much to this! I’ve wanted to make my own washi tape for a long time but this is the first tutorial I’ve found that you can do with supplies that normal people actually have. Can’t wait to try this!

  8. Audrea says

    Washi tape is expensive! It’s $2.59 for the skinny roll. I just spent 30$ on washi tape!! Man, this post is great for me! Doin this in the future an I can make tape I like an need!! Thanku for sharing!

  9. Bobbie says

    Love, love, love this idea. I just bought some double stick rug tape–it’s thin and very sticky and 1 1/2 inches wide. Might try a little tissue paper on this, I collect cute tissue paper, so I have a good stack. Thanks for the tip about using a paper towel roll holder and the wax paper. You are a keeper!

    • Tonia says

      Thanks, Bobbie! Happy to have you along for the ride and best of luck with the washi tape. I would love to hear how the rug tape works out!

  10. Laurie says

    What a clever idea! I love washi tape but thought the cost was a bit high for my budget, now I can make my own! Woohooo! Now, how do we do fabric sticker sheets?

  11. says

    OMG! I have been wanting to jump into the Washi tape thing, but seriously have not found any patterns that speak to me, or prompt me to actually spend the money! You clever girl, I would have never thought of this! Love IT!

  12. says

    I’ve seen tutorials before on tape to mimic washi tape, but they all used normal paper. I love that you use tissue paper and thinner papers to actually mimic the see-through properties of washi tape. Definitely will have to try this (:

  13. says

    Thanks for sharing! This is so easy and looks so cute. I did my own creation yesterday using thread instead of tissue paper. It looks really cool! I even tried writing letters with the thread and with some patience the result is amazing. Thank you again :-)

  14. says

    How cute! I don’t think I will be able to use plain tape ever again! I know it’s been quite sometime since this tutorial BUT…I buy my double sided tape at the dollar store & the 99¢store in southern California. You may not get as much tape but it’s cheap so I don’t bother figuring it out. :) Thanks so much for the tutorial!

  15. says

    you can also make printed “washi” tape by using paper tape from the medical aisle and stamping it with your favorite patterns from your rubber stamps. just roll it out onto wax paper and stamp away! Then trim away wax paper and roll as you said.;)

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