Homemade Washi Tape That Kids Can Make and Decorate

Make and Decorate Your Own Homemade Washi Tape_ My Little Bookcase

Who doesn’t love washi tape? Kids included.

Cammy loves using it for her creations, but her birthday stash of washi tape has run out. We’re also out of ordinary sticky tape and with a stack of January birthday gifts to wrap, we were in need of a plan.

I rummaged through our art cupboard and found rolls and rolls of masking tape.

The plan was a simple one: Make and Decorate Our Own Washi Tape.

Make and decorate your own washi tape

Cammy was engaged for a long time, and we also discovered that this little impromptu activity actually has many benefits for writers and pre-writers.

Making and decorating your own washi tape provides children with an opportunity to:

  • Practise pen control
  • Write within a specific area- more limited than a blank piece of paper, but a little more freedom than writing on lines or dotted thirds.
  • Exercise their creativity
  • Practise their pattern making
  • Personalise gifts and cards

You will need:

Make and decorate your own washi _My Little Bookcase

  • Masking Tape
  • Coloured Sharpies (or other permanent markers)
  • Scissors
  • Pre-wrapped gifts or
  • Baking paper (recommended if you don’t want to use your washi tape straight away)

How to Make Your Own Washi Tape:

It’s so simple:

1)      You could cut small pieces of masking tape and use them to pre-wrap your presents.  Then, ask your child to decorate the masking tape, by drawing, creating patterns or writing words and messages.

Make and decorate your own washi tape


2)      You could cut and stick long strips of masking paper on baking paper and invite your child to draw, decorate, write or create patterns on the masking tape. It shouldn’t lose its stickiness when on the baking paper so you can use it at a later date.

Make and decorate your own washi tape_ My Little Bookcase

Our homemade washi tape is perfect for wrapping presents, decorating cards or for art pieces.

Make and create your own washi tape_ My Little Bookcase

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Homemade Washi Tape That Kids Can Make and Decorate


  1. Nic said: On January 9, 2014

    What a fabulous idea, my girls both love washi tape but we will run out soon too I think!! This is definitely something I’ll try with them. Now just to hunt down the masking tape they had the other day that has now “vanished”!!!

  2. Such a neat idea Jackie! I know Miss Daisy would love this as she LOVES tape! :) And what a lovely custom addition to gifts and cards!

  3. So cute. Just pinned

  4. I LOVE this. What a great idea!

  5. So creative and clever, Jackie!!

  6. I love washi tape for my own crafts but now you have inspired me to set this up for my littles. Maybe we could even craft together! I am featuring your activity on this week’s Kids Co-Op over at Triple T Mum :)

  7. Great idea, we have rolls and rolls of masking tape hanging around so may do this tomorrow!

  8. This is a fantastic idea! Love it!
    I hope you can hop over and share at the Tell Me About It Tuesday party.

  9. This is one of those simply brilliant ideas that you read it and think, “how did I not think of this?” Pinned.

    Found via the Hands-On Play Party

  10. I love this idea! Pinned it to my “art for kids” board. Thanks for linking up to Afterschool this week!

  11. I hadn’t heard of washi tape so this is something new. I love the idea. Thanks, Jackie.

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