Washi tape is growing so fast in popularity.
This growth is especially prominent among the bullet journaling and DIY communities.
Washi tape is a decorative tape which is a great addition to any DIY project or bullet journal.
Similar to stickers, stamps, and stencils, washi tape helps to add a creative edge to your project or bullet journal spread.
Here is our guide to using washi tape in your bullet journal as well as some of our favorite and recommended tapes!
What is Washi Tape?
So you’ve heard of washi tape, maybe you even use washi tape; however, what exactly is washi tape?
Washi tape is a type of decorative, often colored or patterned, adhesive tape.
As I mentioned, this tape has become increasingly popular among bullet journal, planner, and DIY communities. These tapes generally come in colorful and decorative patterns.
Additionally, washi tape is commonly available in different sizes and lengths.
Where did ‘Washi Tape’ come from?
The term washi references a Japanese paper. Further, washi tape is usually (or at least historically) made from natural fibers such as bamboo, hemp, or the bark of trees which are native to Japan. Source: SheKnows
How Can You Use Washi Tape?
I have sort of already covered the various used for washi tape; however, I wanted to give an even more simple break down of some of the main uses for washi tape.
This list is not a complete list, as people are constantly coming up with new ways of using washi tape. Check out this HUGE list of washi tape uses by DIY Projects.
- Planner decoration
- Bullet journal decoration
- Planner labeling
- Houseplant pot decorating
- Wall decoration
- Home decorating
- Craft projects
- DIY stickers
- Picture frame decorating
- DIY picture frames
- & MUCH more!
Where Can I Buy Washi Tape
Now that you’ve learned about what washi tape is and how you can use it, I want to share some of my favorite washi tapes with you and where you can buy them.
Here is a huge list of decorative washi tape and useful washi tape.
Decorative Washi Tapes
Decorative washi tape is generally more colorful and has fun patterns and artistic details
Who doesn’t love a cute animal? This bundle of cute animals is perfect to decorate your cute bullet journal with!
If you are looking for something more simple and you don’t want to add a ton of color, then these washi tapes are perfect. They are really beautiful, black and white, and all have a different marbled effect.
These tapes are great to add a simple border or accent in your journal.
These super skinny washi tapes feature some cute little patterns and designs. If you don’t have a tone of space in your planner, then this one is perfect.
Watercolor is becoming super popular! Additionally, so is pastel! These washi tapes have super cute pastel watercolor patterns to add to your planner!
I love using black and white washi tape to border my bullet journal layouts. This pack is one that I have been using for years! I love the different patterns this pack has!
Here is another pack of tape that I love! These tapes are thinner and provide a simple pop of color when it feels like I am lacking it.
The sunshine washi tape is a tape that I personally created and sell. I love this tape because of the different sunshine patterns it has.
You can use this tape to add some sunshine to your planner or to label your weather tracker!
Galaxy is such a common theme in bullet journaling these days. However, if you aren’t super creative it can be difficult to achieve.
I love this washi tape bundle because it helps you to create that galaxy feel in 3 different colors!
Here is yet another cute assorted pack of fun washi tape! You simply cannot have too many of these!
Love a good houseplant? Me too! Here is a cute pack of greenery and houseplant washi tapes!
If you need more than the simple greenery the last pack provides, this pack is for you! This one not only has succulent tape, but also some great floral tapes!
If you are anything like me you love gold foiled tapes and geometric shapes. These tapes are perfect! Not only do they have gold foiling, but they are also colorful and geometric!
Here is a massive pack of 50 washi tapes. These tapes aren’t just any tapes, though, they are metallic, glittered, AND they have some really fun patterns! What a great starter pack!
This tape is the best of both worlds. Not only is it watercolor which we all love, but its floral watercolor washi tape! These tapes are super adorable!
Here ares some more super cute and fun patterned tapes. You can’t have too many of these!
I don’t have this tape, but now that I’ve found it, I want it! I love the uses of this thin black washi tape. You can use it to draw thick lines without wasting your ink! This is perfect for any minimal bullet journal.
I know I’ve already mentioned washi tape similar to this one. However, this pack comes with 40 tapes for a super reasonable price!
If you are looking for some simple tape additions for cheap this bundle is perfect!
Functional Washi Tapes
Functional washi tape is a tape that is used for things such as labeling.
These tapes are not as often used for decorating and are generally used similar to a stamp or sticker would be to label a month, day, date, etc.
While I am including plain colored tape under decorative washi tapes, these tapes can also be used for labeling.
Now that we are breaking into more functional tapes, here is a great tape to label your weeks! I love that this tape has each day of the week and they are in these cute little doodled boxes!
Like the tape before this, this roll of weekday washi tape is super useful when it comes to labeling your week. This tape provides a different font and style for you to use if the style of the first roll just is not for you.
I like these two rolls of washi tape because you do not see too many like it on the market.
These ones not only break down the week into its 7 days, but it also breaks down each day into 24 hours. This is perfect for more detailed appointment scheduling.
I love these 3 rolls of tape because of the cool hand-written font used. Additionally, it comes in 3 different colors and is a shortened version of the days of the week.
If you are interested in having more options, this washi tape bundle is for you! This one comes with so many ways to help organized and label your planner. Additionally, these designs come in blue as well!
This bundle of tapes is probably the most in-depth of the functional washi tapes I’ve recommended here. This one comes with several different ways to label the dates, days of the week, AND the months. How amazing is that!?
I love the bold black font used in this bundle of functional washi tape. Additionally, you get 3 tapes which include dates, days of the week, and months!
Washi tape such an amazing way to add creativity and function to your bullet journal. Not only are washi tapes great for your planner, but they are also super useful when doing all kinds of DIY projects. Hopefully, this post has inspired you to go out and use washi tape!
Knowing what you know now about washi tape and how to use it, do you plan to add tape to your bullet journaling style? Let us know how you use washi tape in the comments!