DIY Washi Tape Gift Wrap Bow

washi tape gift wrap bowI have dubbed the month of May “gift month” since we celebrate so many birthdays/holidays.  Our extended family gets together on one day and exchanges gifts for three birthdays, Mother’s Day, Boy’s Day, and Girl’s Day.  It’s a little crazy and can feel like a second Christmas.  So, for the past few weeks I’ve been in gift wrapping mode.  I decided to try something a little different and make some washi tape bows.  I especially like the bows with prints.



White tissue paper


Washi tape – three 8in strips, three 6 1/2in strips and one 3 1/2in strip


Glue Dots

washi tape gift wrap bow1.  Cut a piece of tissue paper that is 7 inches in height.  It doesn’t matter how wide it is.  Lay three pieces of 8 in tape across the tissue paper.  Leave about a half-inch hanging off each side of the tissue paper.   Cut the excess tissue paper away (refer to dotted lines.

washi tape gift wrap bow 22.  Your strips should now look like this with the print side facing down.  The tissue paper is important because it keeps the bow from sticking to itself, once assembled.

* Repeat steps 1 and 2 for all the strips of tape listed in the supplies section.  For the 6 1/2in strips, use tissue paper with a height of 5 1/2in.  For the 3 1/2 inch tape strip, use a tissue paper with a height of 2 1/2in.

washi tape gift wrap bow 33.  Find the half way point of the tape strip.  Make a loop and place the end of the tape at that half way point (refer to fig 3).  You will not need any glue since the ends of the tape strips are sticky.

4.  With the other end of the tape, make a second loop to make a figure eight shape.  Refer to fig 4.

washi tape gift wrap bow 45.  Continue to make the same figure eight shapes for the rest of the 8in and 6 1/2in strips of tape.  For the 3 1/2in piece of  tape, make a simple loop.

6.  Now you’re going to start assembling the bow.  Stack all the 8in pieces together to make a star shape.  Staple together in the center.  Repeat the process for the 6in pieces.

washi tape gift wrap bow 27.  Stack the smaller star on top of the larger star shape.  Adhere with glue dots.  Last, tape the loop to the center with the same washi tape you’ve been using.

Mix and match different colors and prints to achieve different looks.  Use the bows to decorate gift boxes, gift bags and anything else you wish to make a little more festive.

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