Washi Tape Craft Activity

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Updated on Jul 19, 2013

Washi tape is a special decorative tape that’s popular in Japan. Instead of just clear, it comes in tons of different colors and designs! Try this washi tape craft for Father’s Day, and combine cutting-edge crafting with technology for a colorful, useful gift for Dad.

What You Need:

  • Washi tape in various sizes, colors, and patterns, available at craft stores
  • Cell phone, laptop, or tablet cover/case
  • Scissors
  • Optional: Pencil and paper, cutting tool

What You Do:

  1. Washi tape comes in a variety of colors and patterns at craft stores, and the widths vary from thin (about 1 centimeter wide) to about 2 inches. Washi tape is unique in that it peels off easily, so it is easy to remove if your child changes his mind about the tape’s placement.
  2. If your child is decorating a laptop with the tape, he can cut strips and lay them directly on the laptop’s lid/cover.  He may want to plan out a pattern on a piece of paper first (drawing a pattern idea with pencil), or just “wing it” with the washi!
  3. For decorating a cell phone case, take the case off the phone while working on it.  Your child can still cut strips of tape, but the parent may want to use a cutting tool to trim the edges carefully over the thin and rounded sides of a cell phone case.
  4. A tablet cover also makes a good canvas for washi tape. There is room for your child to cut strips of tape to spell out “Dad,” “For Dad,” or Dad’s name. Make sure he puts the tape on the plastic outside of the tablet cover (not the felted inside cover).
  5. If Dad’s not a techie, there are tons of other things that can be decorated with washi — tool handles, tackle boxes, book covers and more!
Beth Levin has an M.A. in Curriculum and Education from Columbia University Teachers College. She has written educational activities for Macmillan/McGraw-Hill and Renaissance Learning publishers. She has a substitute teaching credential for grades K-12 in Oregon, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.

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