Make Your Own Washi Tape Wall Decals

Last Updated on March 3, 2022

I am not going to lie. I am SUPER proud of my washi tape wall decal project. As far as I can tell, this is an original idea. YAY ME! Now, I totally confess that the idea of making letters our of washi tape is nothing new–it's all over Pinterest {and whoever the idea originated with is a creative genius}. BUT, I decided to take it one step further to create washi tape wall decals! Gasp! I know, it's exciting. Now, read on for the tutorial so you can tackle this awesome project yourself! This post contains some affiliate links. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.

This is GENIUS! Make your own wall decals using washi tape! Full tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

How to Make Your Own Washi Tape Wall Decals

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Materials needed:

  • Printed letter templates {print your own letters in any font and size you want–I used Arial font, size 600 for most of my letters}
  • Washi tape. I purchased most of mine at Michael's, but Amazon has some fabulous options, like these: Wrapables Set of 6 Japanese Washi Masking Tape Collection
  • Parchment paper
  • Scissors
  • A utility or crafting knife
  • A crafting mat or cutting board

washi tape wall


1) Start by printing out your letter template(s) onto standard printer paper. I printed only the letters I needed. For my chosen wall quote {A DREAM IS A WISH YOUR HEART MAKES} I needed the following letters: A, E, I, K, M, O, R, S, U, W. Bear in mind that I used a heart shape in favor of spelling out “heart” and used existing 3D letters I had for the word “dream.”

2) Next, cut out your letter templates. Note that some letters will be duplicated. Instead of printing them off and cutting them out twice, you can use the same template to create multiple washi tape letters–yay for saving time! Notice that I only pre-cut out the outer shape. I did not pre-cut out the inner portions because I felt that leaving them in place would make the paper more stable when using the cut out as a guide for step 4.

3) Once your templates are cut out, place a piece of parchment paper on top of your first letter. Begin sticking strips of washi tape onto the parchment paper so that each strip extends slightly beyond the edge of your letter. Be sure also to overlap each piece of tape on top of the prior piece of tape. This will ensure that the letter stays together when you are ready to peel it off the parchment paper and put it on the wall.

DIY Washi Tape Wall Decals--a detailed tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {}

DIY Washi Tape Wall Decals--a detailed tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {}

4) Now, flip the parchment paper over and put it on top of your mat or cutting board, so that the washi tape strips are facing down. Place your letter template on top of it. Use your utility knife or crafting knife to cut out your washi tape letter, using the template as your guide. You can use a binder clip to clip them together while you cut to prevent slippage. Note, I used a utility knife because that's all I had on hand. I HIGHLY recommend a nice, sharp crafting knife if you have one {I need to get one}.

DIY Washi Tape Wall Decals--a detailed tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {}

DIY Washi Tape Wall Decals--a detailed tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {}

For the heart, I folded a piece of paper in half and free-handed a heart shape on one-half of the paper. Then I cut it out with the paper folded in half to ensure that it was totally symmetrical. Then I followed the same steps as above for placing the tape and cutting out the finished shape.

DIY Washi Tape Wall Decals--a detailed tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {}

Let me tell you, this project was EASY, but it was time-consuming and messy. Here is a photo of my dining room table where I completed this project at the end of the day. Total disaster area.

DIY Washi Tape Wall Decals--a detailed tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {}

5) Now you are ready to plan your wall placement. With the parchment paper still in place, I used a strip of scotch tape on each letter to place them on the wall. I played around with them until I was happy with the placement.

6) When you are ready to adhere your letters directly on your wall, carefully peel the parchment paper off starting at the top and continuing as you adhere it to the wall. Sorry folks, I forgot to take photos of this step {and frankly, did not have enough hands to photograph while sticking them on the wall}. QUICK TIP:  If you have a laser level, use it for this step to keep all of the letters nice and even!

DIY Washi Tape Wall Decals--a detailed tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {}

DIY Washi Tape Wall Decals--a detailed tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {}

Final thoughts: I was not sure the washi tape would stick well enough, but it turns out that it does! This was one of the very first projects I tackled in the girls' room after the walls were painted, so as of today, the washi tape wall letters have been hanging for about 6 weeks. So far, so good! The heart shape decal started curling a tiny bit on one corner {I blame the fact that I moved it several times after placing it on the wall}, so I used a tiny bit of rubber cement to adhere it back to the wall and that worked like a charm. All of the letters are firmly in place with no peeling or curling. Note also that if you do misplace something and have to peel it off and reposition it, IT DOES NOT DAMAGE YOUR WALLS OR PAINT AT ALL! How awesome is that?!

This is an EASY project that anyone can do! And the possibilities are endless. You could use this method to put your child's name on their bedroom wall or to decorate certain walls of your home for holidays. What do you think, will you give it a shot? If you do, please share photos with me!

DIY Washi Tape Wall Decals--a full tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {}

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    1. In the past three months we have started having some curling, but I think it is prompted by my girls picking it!!! It held solid for about three years!

  1. Great idea! So simple and cute! I begged a friend to bring me back the real stuff from Japan, but when I finish with that, I am going straight to trying this! :) Thank you!

  2. This seems like a great idea for a college dorm room where you can rarely put holes in the wall. I have not worked with washi tape before and will look into this project more for my son’s dorm room where he has a lot of blank walls.

  3. I saw this over at 3 little greenwoods and thought I would stop by to see your tutorial. What a great idea. I love Washi tape, it’s so versatile, I just need to get me some more! I’m trying to think where in our house I can try this out now! Love love lovity love this idea!

  4. Great IDEA! I have not gotten into the Washi tape craze…I’m still “STUCK”<—-(yes i meant to do that) on the duct tape phase.

    This is a definite PIN!

    1. Hi Mari! Thank you for stopping by and for your sweet comment. You definitely should give this a try. It’s SO fun! I would love to see how your project turns out. Let me know!

    1. Thank you so much, Ariean! I really appreciate the feature! Going to grab my featured button :) And I plan to see you every Tuesday. So excited about your party!

    1. It really is the most versatile material I have found {other than paint, of course}! And it’s so, so fun to mix all the patterns and colors!

    1. Hi Stephanie! Oh yes, washi tape wall decals are a fabulous option for renters. My girls LOVE Cinderella, so I had to use some quote from that movie. I love it, too :) Thanks so much for stopping by!

    1. Hi Amy! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your sweet comment. I am LOVING washi tape right now. So many beautiful options out there! Have a great weekend.

    1. Thank you so much! I saw that you added my link to your blog. I am so flattered and am so glad you like the idea. And it is a wonderful option for rental spaces since it peels off so easily and without damage {based on my experience, at least}!

    1. Awww, thank you, Liz! So glad you like them! I did not buy my first washi tape until tackling this project. After working with it, I am officially in love with it!

    1. Hi Susan! So glad you like this idea. It really is so, so much fun to pick out patterns and colors and see them all come together in these wall decals. I would love to see how your project turns out when you are done. Please send photos!

  5. I love this idea! I keep purchasing different sized templates from stores and such… I love my printer! Frankly I can’t believe I didn’t think of printing the letters like this myself lol. So simple! Thank you so much for sharing this project! I found your blog through one of those places you link and I’m glad I did!
    Jeanine, Canada

    1. Yep, you can just print your own, Jeanine! So glad you found my blog and took the time to stop by and check it out. If you tackle this project, please send me photos of how it turns out. I genuinely love seeing other people’s spin on things.

    1. Hi Angela! It’s my pleasure to share ideas. Honestly, I still can’t quite get over the fact that people enjoy reading about them! Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Hi Glenna–thanks so much for stopping by again! I am thrilled with the way this project turned out. I am glad others like it, also! Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. What a great idea! I will have to make some of these for my room. They are perfect for dorm rooms and I love that I can just buy washi tape to match my room already!



    1. Thanks, Mindi! It’s my pleasure to link up to your wonderful party. This week I linked up the girls’ princess room. I am sure next week you will see this washi tape project :) Have a fabulous weekend!