Washi Tape

Washi Tape

Whether you’re a first-time crafter or an old pro, you’ve probably heard about washi tape. Washi is a type of Japanese paper tape that is typically made from natural fibers like hemp or bamboo. Some varieties of washi are made using the mitsumata shrub or gampi tree, two plants native to Japan.

Thanks to its durability and unique style, this beautiful tape has become a popular staple for all kinds of crafts. Here’s how to use washi tape in a few of our favorite projects:

How to Use Washi Tape Safely and Easily

One of the most frequent questions we hear is, “Does washi tape damage walls?” The short answer is, “No!” It is made with a low-tack adhesive that is safe to use on walls and painted surfaces. And because of its gentle adhesive, washi tape is easily removable — just peel back a corner of the tape and slowly pull at a 45-degree angle.

Washi tape rarely leaves residue, but in the unlikely event that it does, you can use a slightly damp cloth to wipe it away. A small amount of olive oil on a dry cloth will also do the trick.

Washi tape typically works best on fabric, wood, and glass surfaces. If you find that your washi tape is not sticking, make sure that your chosen surface — as well as your hands — are clean and dry, as dust and oils can prevent washi tape from adhering. 

Washi Paper Tape: Choose the Colors that You Love

Here at Paper Mart, we’re proud to present a wide selection of washi tape in almost every color and pattern under the sun. Choose bold solid colors, like black, gold, and silver, or go for a subtler look with rose gold, white, or pretty floral patterned washi tape. For children’s projects, use multiple colors to create a rainbow effect. No matter how you use washi tape, your finished project will be sure to dazzle.

Looking for washi tape inspiration? Visit our blog for unique and fun washi tape projects to try.