That’s ‘quiet’ crafty: make your own washi tape mini-bow

Do you remember when you were quite content to wrap gifts with plain old clear sticky tape? … With the rise and rise of my obsession with Japanese washi paper tape, I’m feeling like those days are far behind me.

Are you on the washi paper tape trail too? Oh my … I adore it and all its papery goodness so very much. It’s great for ‘prettying up’ parcels and adding decorative touches to just about anything you can imagine. Aside from being lovely to look at, it’s also slightly transparent and relatively re-positionable … this means that you can do lots of cool things with it, and also fix any little mistakes you may make along the way. These features help to explain why I’ve gone a bit ‘washi tape mad’ on my Christmas gift wrapping efforts. I even played around with making my own mini-bows … perhaps you’d like to make some mini-bows too?

This method will make you two mini washi tape bows:

One: You’ll need some basic equipment – washi tape, a pair of scissors, and a ruler.

Two: roll out the washi tape along your ruler to a decent length (20cm seems to be a good length for this project) and cut. Stick the tape down to the ruler as you go (the ruler is like an extra hand, helping to hold things in place).

Three: Flip your ruler over so that it’s now facing ‘sticky side up’.

Four: Being careful to line up as best you can with the bottom strip, roll out another 20cm of tape along your ruler and stick it on top of the bottom strip. Then cut.

Five: Carefully remove the ruler from between the strips (just gently peel back the top tape layer) and then join the two strips together. Trim the ends. Now you’re almost there.

Six: Fold the strip down the centre to make a crease. Cut along this crease so you now have two narrow strips measuring approximately 20cm in length.

Seven: Take one of the strips and loop the ends, as if you were going to tie your shoe laces. Do your best to keep the knot to the centre of the strip (you can make little adjustments before you loop the ends too tightly).

Eight: Pull the ends tight, trying to keep the front of the knot looking as neat and flat as possible (just do this slowly and you’ll be fine).

Nine: Now just loop both ends of the strip to form a bow just like you would when tying a knot in your shoe laces. You’ll then end up with a pretty little bow (which measures approximately 5cm across).

Ten: Just trim the ends a little to even them up, and shape the ends as you like (I like the inverted point look).

And that’s it! (just repeat these steps with the other strip). With justΒ a touch of glue you can affix your new bow to your gift any which way you like. I’ve done a bit of a mix with my gifts and also cleverly used washi tape in place of ribbon (clever, huh?).

I hope you enjoyed this little crafty project … perhaps you share my washi tape obsession? (I’d consider joining a support group, but I’m having too much fun playing with it).


  1. Erika Lee Sears

    Darling package! I wish I was good at wrapping and my packages always end up lumpy looking. πŸ™‚

    I did use a leopard ribbon tape which I loved for a long time and could never find it again.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Erika – I’m glad you liked my little wrapped parcel (honestly washi tape makes everything so much easier).

      My husband always complains about being a ‘bad wrapper’, but I think he just ‘over-thinks’ things (and he invariably never chooses nice rectangular or square shaped things to wrap, and that makes things so much harder)… πŸ˜‰

      Oh leopard ribbon tape sounds pretty special … what a shame you couldn’t find it again.

  2. Kylie

    Clever! I wish I’d throught of that… πŸ˜›

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Kylie – I’m pretty sure you’re super nifty with the washi tape too … my little black duck was wrapped so beautifully … πŸ™‚

  3. Jasmine

    Oh that is super cute! What a great idea!! Now I definitely need to buy some washi tape!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Jasmine – Glad you liked the little washi tape bows! You definitely have to get yourself some washi tape … although I do warn you that it is SERIOUSLY addictive! You’ll be wanting to tape pretty much everything! πŸ˜‰

  4. jan

    Washi tape? Can I buy it at any craft store? I love the effect you got.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Jan – Glad you liked the ‘bow and ribbon’ look. Washi tape is basically like pretty masking tape with different colours and patterns … so it’s great to play around with.

      You should be able to pick it up at a craft store – I pick up mine from stationery stores or online is a good bet too. Have fun!! πŸ™‚
      (I hope you find some).

  5. Gabrielle Bryden

    Wow – that looks wonderful – I’d never heard of it (but then I am the least crafty person I know)!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – I’m not sure how long washi tape has been ‘in’, but now that I know about it, all I want to do is tape, tape, tape! πŸ˜‰

      Who knew that tape could be so pretty or so fun? πŸ™‚

  6. Lee Sargent

    This is why I leave the wrapping of presents to you.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Lee – Haha … pretty sure this year your wrapping efforts looked a lot better than mine! … stoopid hard-to-wrap wrapping paper! πŸ™‚

  7. Debby

    I love the elegant simplicity of this. I must try and get some washi tape…it’s all new to me…

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Debby – Glad you liked the washi tape look … I think it’s that ‘elegant simplicity’ that you refer to that I like so much – it’s such a simple way to add decoration and yet it definitely ‘looks the part’! πŸ™‚

      Do yourself a favour and find some washi tape to have a play with – then you’ll be tape-crazed like me! πŸ˜‰

  8. Mel

    Oh, gorgeous! I’ve heard of this wonder tape but not got my hands on any yet πŸ™‚ Wonder if it’s too late to drop hints to Santa?! πŸ˜‰

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Mel – Thank you! You’ll definitely have to grab some washi tape and go ‘tape crazy’. I’m sure you’ll be able to put it to fantastic crafty use!! πŸ˜€

  9. Kate

    What a wonderful idea! I am a big fan of mt tape so will definitely give this a go! Just found your blog and I am really enjoying it so far πŸ™‚

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Kate – I’m glad you like my little washi tape mini-bow … that stuff is amazing and amazingly addictive!! πŸ™‚

      I’m so glad you’ve found my blog, I really love meeting new readers! πŸ™‚
      I have to say that I’ve been very much enjoying discovering your beautiful virtual world too!

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