DIY Gift Bags: Fun with Washi Tape

If you haven’t already heard about washi tape yet, hold onto your seat! This decorative Japanese drafting tape comes in a variety of colors and designs, it’s repositionable, and it’s great for embellishing. Washi tape can be used for a plethora of things: packaging, scrapbooking, decorating, or whatever else you can think of. This tape is pretty hot stuff in the crafting world right now; give it a try!

Today, I’m showing you a few different ideas on things to do with washi tape. All you need are some plain gift bags, washi tape, and scissors. If you want to crank things up a bit, then you can use a little bit of embroidery floss. There’s no wrong way to decorate a bag—make it as simple or elaborate as you want.

Supplies & Tools:

  • Plain gift bags
  • Washi tape
  • Scissors
  • Embroidery floss
  • Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue

Striped Christmas Tree

Layer several pieces of green washi tape to make the tree and cut a few pieces of red or green tape to add accents.

Striped washi tape Christmas tree bag decoration

Christmas Presents

To make the bigger presents, I placed 2 pieces of washi tape side-by-side. Tie small bows from embroidery floss and glue to bag with Aleene’s Fast Grab Glue. I like this glue because it grabs onto the bow without sagging as it dries. Less is more—just a little bit of glue goes a long way.

To make the curlicues, wet the embroidery floss, wrap around a toothpick, and let it dry. (Each tail was about 10–11″ long before I curled it.)


Looking for a super easy way to embellish? You can make these snowflakes fast! Lickety split! I used narrow washi tape (0.25″) to make these snowflakes.

To make starry snowflakes, use 0.75″ wide washi tape (or wider), cut 2 pieces of tape, cut a “v” on each end, and then criss-cross the tape.

Elfy Hints:

  • If your scissors get gummy from the tape, simply use a piece of tape to blot the scissors until the glue is gone. (You could use Goo Gone, but I find that it is not necessary. Using a fresh piece of tape does the trick!)
  • If the washi tape starts to peel off the bag, reinforce it with a glue runner.

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3 comments on “DIY Gift Bags: Fun with Washi Tape

  • Tipson said:

    You have very nice gift bags. i really like it. thanks for sharing.

  • Sophie said:

    Exquisite gift bags! I love how cheerful stripes of washi tape can make everything look amazing.

  • Mary

    Mary said:

    Thank you, Sophie!

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