Washi Tape Vases


purple, green and clear vases in different sizes and shapes
been doing a Washi Tape Vases program for years. It is an inexpensive, creative, and fun craft, that also makes a great gift. Below are materials needed and instructions on how to decorate a vase with washi tape. Take a look at the video for tips on how easy it is to make this gift for your Valentine.

stacks of washi tape in different colors, sizes and patterns

  • Vase
  • Washi tape
  • Scissors
  • Ruler (optional)*  

I get my vases from the dollar store. They have a surprising variety of attractive vases. I've gotten the washi tape from different places; an office supply store, craft store, or online.

vase decorated with washi tape in green, orange, yellow and pink vertical stripes

  1. Wash the vase in warm soapy water and dry completely.
  2. Decide the colors and/or patterns of tape you want to use.
  3. Decide if you want to place the tape vertically, horizontally, or diagonally. You can do more than one direction, but it’s best to do all the tape in your first desired direction and then move on to the next desired direction.
  4. Hold the roll of washi tape in one hand. If going vertically or diagonally, stick the end of the tape ½ inch inside the top of the vase. If horizontal, start wherever you like (this direction is much easier on vases without curves).
  5. Slowly roll the tape out while pressing the tape against the outside of the vase with your thumb. Press out any air bubbles or creases. If you mess up, the tape will easily come off and you can start again.
  6. Once you get to the bottom of the vase (if doing vertical or diagonal) leave a ½ inch piece of tape hanging and cut the tape. Take that ½ inch end and wrap it around so the tape is on the flat bottom of the vase. If doing horizontal, go around the vase until you meet the beginning. Overlapping the ends slightly, will help avoid gaps. *Here is where you can use a ruler to make sure the tape is even all the way around. 
  7. Keep going until you are satisfied with the look of your vase.
  8. Give as a gift or keep for yourself. The vase can be washed on the outside, but should be done gently, no scrubbing. This will help the washi tape to last for years.

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By BethN on February 8, 2021