Wake Up Your Walls with Washi Tape!

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Bold, funky colors + a modern geometric design = pure magic on your walls. This easy washi accent creates a super cool focal point you can customize exactly to suit your space. Let's get sticky!

DIY Washi Tape Wall

Here’s how to tape your space:

What you need:

  • Washi tape
  • Level
  • Marker
  • Wax paper
  • Scissors

1. Plan with paper

First, we’ve gotta plan out that zig-zag. Tape a piece of wax paper to your wall in the general area where you want your design to begin. Hold your level up to the paper and draw a vertical line near the paper's edge, marking exactly where you want your design to start. Then pick out the spot where you want the first line to end before changing direction, and do the same thing.

2. Start taping

Take your washi tape and align one end with the line on your paper. Secure the tape along the wall until it reaches the line on the other piece of paper. Repeat this process with each piece of washi tape to form a big, colorful bar, from marker line to marker line.

3. Remove the paper

Once you’ve taped up the width of your bar, it’s time to take down the paper. Cut along the line you drew on the paper and remove it from the wall, leaving behind a clean edge where the tape begins. You'll need to pull away some scraps of paper from the underside of the tape, and press the edges of your tape firmly back to the wall.

Repeat this cutting process on the other end of your bar.

4. Create a corner

Tape another piece of paper on top of where your first bar ends. But instead of drawing a straight line immediately, you’re going to take a different piece of paper and trace around the top corner of your tape (one reason why we're using wax paper? It's see-through!)

Flip the paper over and transfer the marker line, which should form a V-shape with the edge of the finished bar. This V-shape will guide the angle of your next bar. Now use your level to draw a vertical line where your first bar ends.

5. Build the second bar

Just as you did before, mark the spot where you want to end this bar by taping up another piece of paper and sketching a vertical line. Connect the two lines with your washi tape, trim as before, and remove the paper from the wall. You should now have a big V or checkmark shape on your wall.

6. Keep taping!

Continue this same process until you love the look. You can leave your design as a simple lightning bolt, or make the zig-zag continue down the length of the wall — or even around the room!

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