{ japanese washi tape + spring, Part II}

Addicted! So got my Washi tape in the mail and I’ve been having a blast playing with! The applications for this tape are endless. Today’s post is about applying the tape to glass objects. The tape has a bit of transparency to it and applying it to the glass vases was such a cool effect. I especially loved how the tape looked on the smoky white vases. Using the yellows and oranges soften up the vases but I could see how using bright, bold colors would give the vases a completely different effect. I also love how forgiving the tape is. If you apply a strip or are not liking an application you can just take it off and start over. Enjoy these photos and at the end we will talk about the how-to’s and lessons learned!

Japanese Washi Tape and Three Glass Vases

Japanese Washi Tape and Three Glass Vases

Japanese Washi Tape and Three Glass Vases

Japanese Washi Tape and Glass Vases

Japanese Washi Tape and a Painted Cup I

Japanese Washi Tape and a Painted Cup II

Okay, now let’s talk application. All of the applications for the tape were the same except the last two which were on painted plastic. Applying the tape to glass was very easy. Just cut strips the same length and go! With the last two I wanted to try some different patterns. The first one, creating a lace look, was pretty difficult. I placed the tape on parchment paper and then used my lace hole punch. I have to admit, it was tricky because the tape didn’t always get completely punched or it would get stuck in there. I would like to continue to play with hole punches and Washi tape but I think I only have the patients for small applications using this technique! The last photo, using the different red patterned tapes was easy. I just cut small strips the same size and applied them to the plastic.

Two Lessons Learned I would like to pass on to all of you!

1. It’s very difficult applying the tape horizontally. As you can see in the last photo, the Washi tape is buckling and I found it next to impossible not to have this happen.
2. I noticed on the vases that have curves, the tape has started to come up in places. I think if I was really happy with how the Washi tape looked on a vase with curves I would apply an adhesive over the tape. I’m thinking Mod Podge… but not sure how that would look. Let me know if you have a suggestion!

I hope you enjoyed these images as much as I enjoyed making them. Stay tuned, Tina over at Happy Tapewas nice enough to sponsor a Washi Tape giveaway which will start next week.

Oh and I would love to post your Washi Tape projects. Email me links or photos to: tobecharmed at yahoo dot com.

~ Elizabeth
PS. Oh and don’t forget to enter our Japanese Washi Tape Give Away. Click here for more information.

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55 Responses to“{ japanese washi tape + spring, Part II}”

  1. I love these! So colorful and fun! It says “spring” to me. I featured this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my “featured” button.

  2. These are AWESOME!!! Thanks for the project and the intro to the product!!

  3. Pam says:

    I love Washi Tape, and use it for scrapbooking and jewelry making applications so it refreshing to see more ideas. We also offer it for sale at http://www.bellomodo.com.

  4. Mandy says:

    They all look great. Very spring. I can’t wait to get some of that colorful tape.

  5. Rachel says:

    Wow, i love this! How perfect for all the gorgeous washi tape that’s out there right now. I just clicked over from Someday Crafts and I’m so glad I did. I would love to link to this if you didn’t mind.

  6. christina says:

    So cute! Saw your guest post on HWTM. Great Blog.

  7. Marsha says:

    Would work for bridal showers, luncheons, teas where you needed more than 1 or 2 similar containers. Great idea. Marsha

  8. Silvia C says:

    What a brilliant idea. That is super creative. I have very boring vases, I think I will use it!

  9. The Fairy says:

    What a cool idea! I can’t wait to try it. It would be great to dress up plain items for different themed events. Time to shop for washi tape!

  10. Hi, I just wrote a compilation of Spring projects and include this one linking it back to you. Thank you.


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  14. Leslie says:

    Elizabeth I took your vase decorating idea and made my own set. Thanks for the inspiration and I hope you don’t mind that I used one of your pictures and gave you credit on my blog!

  15. Karen McCamp says:

    Love this idea! I have been looking for ways to decorate wine glasses without having to actually paint them myself! I am going to give this a try!

  16. Vintage Vase says:

    Wow the Washi tape really makes those vases pop out. Good way to reinvent pieces once your bored with them. I’ll have to check the tape out. Thanks!

  17. Tara says:

    Would love to have you link up this in our Trendy Crafter Contest.


    Hope to see you there and if you know anyone else who might be interested in entering their Washi Tape Tutorials this week, please pass the word.

    We will be giving away some things to the Trendy Crafter winner after the 4 week contest. Thanks

    Come by to join in the fun! Round 2 is Fabric Flowers, Round 3 is Bottle Caps and Round 4 is Denim. ~Tara @ Trendy Treehouse

  18. zeshuregi says:

    these are looking fabulous…hmmmmmm

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  21. jollygems says:

    I have been looking for ways to decorate wine glasses without having to actually paint them.

  22. I am featuring you tomorrow.


  23. Nia says:

    Totally liking this idea! Where you can get such brilliant tape (or was a i dumm and just didn’t notice ;)?! Does it leave marks into a glass after use if you wanna remove them? These would work wonderfully on Easter decorations..

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  25. Virginia says:

    Love your ideas! Beautiful. I have 5 rolls waiting to be used! =) This is perfect!

  26. lovely photos and blog…I used the tape on an inked card and found it fell right off…i do think hodge podge or matte medium would work well….thanks for your post..great idea

  27. Olga @ PDL says:

    Hi there, thanks for sharing this idea! We loved it so much we’ve put a link to it on our blog http://www.polkadotlighthouseuk.blogspot.com along with a few other MT ideas! Thanks again!

  28. Real says:

    So simple and so beautiful. Thanks

  29. Peaches says:

    These are too cool!!! I’m scouring the interwebs for my favorite tape projects Hope you don’t mind if I link up :)

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  37. elaine says:

    i am so glad i googled washi tape, i was trying to find places to purchase but found this idea that i can now implement into my ‘niece-to-be’ bridal shower…had some hurricane vases that i didn’t want to color, but this will be a great addition that isn’t permanent.

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