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Tutorial: Washi Tape Tulip Vase & Gift Card Giveaway

20 April 2012 10,666 views 109 Comments

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washi tape vase

I simple things, like a quick and easy striped vase project, or a pretty bouquet of tulips. But what I REALLY love is taking a dollar store vase and turning it into a visually stunning piece of decor in just five minutes. The key to this clever project? Colored masking tape, also known as "washi tape."

washi tape

Washi tape is an easy-to-use decorative masking tape that comes in a rainbow of colors, and even in pretty decorative patterns. You can stick it to just about anything for a quick and easy way to add style. And, washi tape is removable, so you don't have to worry about permanently altering whatever you stick it to.

You can find washi tape at the Japanese dollar store, or on Etsy.

For this project, you will need:

  • A large vase, $1
  • 3 colors of washi tape, about $2 each
  • A bunch of tulips, $7.50

Total: $14.50

orange tulips

Let's talk about the tulips! I love this time of year because tulips are one of my absolute favorite flowers. I live in farm country, so I went to the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in Woodburn, Oregon and bought fresh-cut tulips.

I went to the farm, but you don't have to go out of your way to find tulips. You can find cut tulips at your local florist, or grocery store.

I am always thrilled to receive flowers of any variety from the men (and boys) in my life, but tulips have forever been my first choice. At the farm, I had each of my three sons choose a bunch of tulips for me (and then I picked my own as well!)

Tulips are a great gift for your mom or sweetheart, because they stay bright and beautiful for about a week, but there's no upkeep involved. When I got home, I snipped the ends of my tulips off, and put them in water. Simple.

Speaking of simple, let me show you how to make this easy washi tape vase!

easy washi tape vase

How to Make the Washi Tape Vase:

1. Choose three colors of washi tape that compliment your tulip colors. (I used pink, spring green, and orange).

2. Start at the top of the vase with the first color of tape (pink). Anchor about half an inch of tape inside the vase, and then pull the tape all the way down to the bottom of the vase, smoothing as you pull the tape down.

under the vase

3. Lift the vase, and pull the washi tape all the way under the vase and let it come back out the other side.

washi tape vase

4. Pull the tape up to the top of the vase, and then fold it over the edge of the vase, leaving about half an inch of tape at the top to anchor the stripe.

washi tape vase

5. Secure the tape over the lip of the vase.

6. Repeat this step with the same color of tape (pink), about halfway between the two existing pink stripes.

7. Fill in the remaining space by taping stripes evenly between the pink stripes.

8. Fill vase with water and tulips, and you're done.

washi tape vase with tulips

When you're done with your flower arrangement, you can remove the washi tape or leave it on the vase. With the washi tape method, you can have a custom decorated vase every time you get a new bouquet of flowers!


Gift Card Giveaway!

  • 2 lucky readers can win a $25 gift card to the craft store of their choice (Hobby Lobby, Michael's or Jo-Ann Fabrics).

Method of Entry: Leave a comment on this blog post to let me know what project you would make if you won.

  • You MUST leave your email address in the comment (in the email field is fine!) as well as which store you would prefer to have the gift card for (Hobby Lobby, Michael’s or Jo-ann Fabrics).

**IZEA will select the 2 winners at random on May 1, 2012**

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  • Teressa Cope said:

    Thanks for hosting the give-away! I would love to win a GC to Hobby Lobby! I would use it to buy t-shirts, fabric paint and stamps to use in a fun school’s out project for my boys. Love the site. Thanks, again.

  • Ellie said:

    I would make my own photo canvases with styrofoam! I could really use some materials from Hobby Lobby!!!

  • Nina said:

    hi i just stumbled upon washi tape ideas over at my bff pinterest …… No other friend Ive ever had gave me so many ideas like pinterest in luv… But I hadnt really heard of this tape and I begin to explore and stumbled upon your sassy vase … I want to grab some of this tape asap watch out kids m ommy has a new obession brewing …. Im gonna make a craft room in my house its a empty room in the basement Im so excited it jsut dawned on me that I had that space to make my own so I would use the Michaels gift card towards the making of new creative space …thanx for sharing your creative ideas with all us dyi junkies ..

  • Nancy said:

    I would love to make a vase, similar to yours! Washi tape is so much fun to use in mixed media projects. I shop at Hobby Lobby-maybe too often!

  • Jan Hawkes said:

    Where I live there are no Hobby Lobby’s but I’ll be in Texas and Kansas soon and I know I can find one!
    Lately I’ve been experimenting with steampunk designs. I just love the recycled Victorian look. That’s where my gift card would go!

  • Jenny said:

    I would make anything metal related. I really getting into this upcycling thing!

  • Michelle C said:

    I need some “art” prints for my newly painted living room walls!!

  • Viviana said:

    Jo-ann Fabrics, definitively! I don’t have many fabric stores around here, and well, my hubby’s birthday is coming up soon and I would love to make him something special!

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