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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!


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