Washi Drawers {A Pinterest Challenge}

It’s time for the summer edition of the Pinterest Challenge! In the past I’ve made word canvas art, a T-shirt  scarf, and photo coasters. I was excited to find a new project to tackle!

In case you don’t know me yet, I’m a washi tape addict! Washi tape is japanese paper tape (similar to masking tape but way prettier). I even did a class all about using washi tape in paper crafting through Layout a Day called Washi Tape Wahoo. (which is on sale right now if you are interested in checking it out!) And when I started seeing people mix washi tape and furniture I knew I had to try it out!

  • Inspiration: I think my favorite washi/furniture mix is this amazing desk by Elise Blaha! Isn’t it beautiful?!? I wanted to do something similar, but I had something more practical in mind.

I have these two cabinets in my craft room. The one on the left houses all my paper scraps sorted by color. You can see more about how I organize paper here. Even though the drawers are in rainbow order I still find myself counting down to find the right drawer…every time. I wanted a way to look at it quickly and see what colors are in which drawers. Washi tape seemed like the perfect answer!

I began by choosing the colors of washi tape I wanted to use. Then I carefully lined the tape up on the front of the drawer.

Then I wrapped tape around the top edge and bottom edge of the drawer. So super simple!

Since this drawer isn’t exactly high traffic I’m not worried about the tape peeling up.

Because the different tapes are all different widths I chose not to line them up in a row. I thought it would be more fun to scatter it a bit. Not totally sure I’m in love with it this way. But the awesome thing about washi tape is it peels right up so I can easily re-do it if I decide I want them all in a straight line.

Now when I’m wanting some paper scraps I can easily open the correct drawer. In case you can’t see them all I’ve got red/orange, yellow/green, blue/purple, brown, white pattern/black. and then the very bottom drawer is plain white cardstock.

Here is the finished project! The reality is I had this done in 15 minutes. Love that!!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek at my washi tape decor! Want to see more of my crafty inspiration? Follow me on Pinterest! Or if you like scrappy/photography/crafty goodness you can follow my blog, follow me on twitter, or on facebook! For more Pinterest Challenge creations head on over to Young House Love and check out all the links!


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  1. Posted July 10, 2012 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    I love this idea! I think I need more scrappy space!

    • Posted July 10, 2012 at 8:07 am | Permalink

      🙂 One can always use more scrappy space! I can’t wait to get in there and have some scrappy play with my new system.

  2. Ruby
    Posted July 10, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    Great idea!!! I loved your washi class and highly recommend it to anyone thinking about taking the class.

  3. Posted July 10, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    What a fantastic way to add another layer of organization to your space 🙂 I love the versatility of Washi tape.

    I have two drawer units like this that I always open and close repeated before I find what I’m looking for. Great idea to eliminate the search!

  4. Posted July 10, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    I really need to give wash tape a try- your drawers came out so cool!! Love this!!

  5. Posted July 11, 2012 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    Cool idea! I have never played with Washi Tape but it looks like I need to try!!!

    • Posted July 11, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

      You totally need to try it! I’m all about enabling the addiction! 🙂

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