DIY: Decorate Your Desk with Washi Tape

washi tape decorated desk

Folks, in case you haven’t heard, washi tape is the best.

Today we’re bringing you a handy little DIY from Courtney Cerruti, the genius behind Washi Tape: 101+ Ideas for Paper Crafts, Book Arts, Fashion, Decorating, Entertaining, and Party Fun!. It’s almost hard to believe but together, yes, we were able to come up with yet another awesome way to use washi tape:

Office decor.

If your desk is a bland, boring space that typically holds your computer, coffee, and half-eaten breakfast bagel, it’s to time to upgrade. A pop of washi tape adds color, personality, and is shockingly easy to remove (as in, no sticky residue. I know, right?).


  • Washi tape
  • Desk
  • Office supplies (pencil cup, notebook, pencil, computer)

Washi Tape Desk

Step 1: Pick Your Color Palette

Neons are in, but washi tape comes in every color and pattern under the sun. Woodgrain, plaid, polka dot, tiny instrument-playing animals: these all exist in the magical world of washi tape, so let your tape-freak flag fly.*

If you need some more specific color palette inspiration, check out our Color Palette Pinterest Board.

*Washi tape flags. Not a bad idea.

Step 2: Decorate Your Desk with Washi Tape

Put it on your desk.

Wrap it ’round a pencil cup.

Add a cute photo to your computer.

Use washi tape as your new sticky notes.


Want a few more ideas on how to decorate with washi tape? Buy the book, check out this Design Sponge post, or just let your imagination go wild. How are YOU going to use washi tape?