15 Easy ways washi tape can transform your DIY projects

Oct 22, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. ET
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Washi tape, for the uninitiated, is a decorative masking tape that comes in pretty much every pattern, color and embellishment you can dream up. Because it is made of natural fibers, you can stick it on pretty much any surface without doing any damage.

The best part? Washi tape is perfect for the decoratively disinclined. It's super easy to use, a relatively cheap way to add a little color to your home, and if you mess up? Just rip off another piece and start again. If you're into it, but not sure where to start, here are 15 great projects that you can do lickety-split.

More: What is washi tape anyway?

1. Make a cool wall decal

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Because washi tape comes off without tearing up the paint on your wall, it's easy to stay on trend.

2. Seriously, make a cool wall decal

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It's also perfectly suited to geometric designs.

3. Punch up your makeup brushes

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You can make sure your brushes match your decor.

4. Sweeten a switchplate

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If you get gloss finish washi, it will be easier to wipe clean, as well.

5. Decorate a bookshelf — no paint required

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Plus, you can change it out as your tastes change.

More: Washi tape hack: The simple way to make boring pencils trendy and chic

6. Keep your cords looking pretty...

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And organized!

7. Make an erasable whiteboard

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These are a super cheap way to make some interesting decor, plus they make great gifts.

8. Decorate some clothespins

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You can attach magnets or use them as pretty binder clips.

9. Make some renter-friendly frames

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Want your security deposit back? These frames will make sure you do.

10. Craft some mini-pallet coasters

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These adorable coasters will save your surfaces.

More: DIY: Trendy washi headbands for girls

11. Modernize a tray

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And when you want to change it, just strip off the tape and try again.

12. Get artsy with it

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Forget expensive prints. A dollar store frame and a little inspiration will get you everywhere.

13. Personalize a monogram

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Personalizing an item that serves a personalization purpose? It's so meta.

14. Update your fridge on the cheap

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OK, technically this is duct tape, washi tape's big, beefy brother. But doesn't that look awesome? Stainless steel is passé anyway.

15. Spruce up a door

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Painting or swapping out doors is a hassle and a half. Do this instead.

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