Okay, so sometimes I have a post idea and the whole time I’m creating it I feel a bit foolish because… it’s probably common sense. That’s kind of like this one. I just feel like OF COURSE washi tape is pretty and it should be used to pretty up a party! I’ve used it in some way at almost every party I’ve decorated in the past couple years… so it’s kind of cheating to write a whole separate post about it, isn’t it? But then I thought… what if you don’t do this? You could save SO much time and money… and it makes a good excuse to buy every single roll of adorable washi you see (and we all need another excuse, don’t we?).
So why is washi tape so awesome for party decor? Well… you don’t ever have to use glue, it’s the perfect adorable size for flags and mini bunting, and it can be added to pretty much any surface. Your wall? Yep! String? You know it! Cutlery? Heck yes! And you’ll never have to worry about matching colours of cups to the colours of your garland because they’re all decorated with the same thing.
I’m not sure what your life is like… but I’ve totally been thrown into hosting or helping decorate a party with zero notice and zero supplies. Stores around here (ahem, dollar stores and Walmart)… they don’t have much cute party stuff (remember, we lost Target!). But I always, always have washi tape. And really, that’s all that you need to make a party look pretty. Unless you want that glittery ribbon garland… which is totally do-able with dollar store supplies too! You can find the DIY instructions right over here.
If the how-to isn’t totally obvious, here’s the 10 second DIY: wrap tape around straws, sticks, cutlery and string. Cut to points, pennants, and straight across to make fun flags and banners! That’s it. If you can’t find washi tape you love, can I point you to Etsy? I know some of you asked if I bought a set and mine is totally collected from sales and dollar bins BUT if I were planning a party with a specific scheme, I’d hit up Etsy… specifically this Mint set.
So tell me, is party decorating 100x less stressful now? Anyone else stuck with no party stores nearby? What is your go-to? Share with us in the comments! PS. My other cheat is my dad’s garden… because hello!
Well, I didn’t do this, but I will now! It’s so pretty and clever!
Is would be great if you stopped by on Mondays and shared at our Something to Talk About link party!
Once you start, you can never go back Karen ;) Thanks so much for stopping by!
Veronika | Tickled Pink Confetti
Such a great idea. Wonder why I didn’t think of this! Genious. Thank you for sharing, Colleen. :)
Thanks so much Veronika! It’s a great trick to have up your sleeve :)
OMG so cute! I love washi tape, I’ve got quite a large collection these days! I so glad I saw your post when I linked up with Whimsy Wednesdays 181
Washi tape is such an addiction! I’m glad I’m not the only one who has a collection ;)
What a great idea and so cute! Sharing at our weekend features article on Sunday! (I miss Target Canada….sigh.)
We need a Target Canada support group! Thanks so much for stopping by Jenna :)
Love all the Washi Tape ideas. It is the perfect way to decorate, effective yet affordable. Plus it is the perfect excuse to add to my ever growing Washi Tape collection xx
Simple and affordable is my jam! And really, who doesn’t need an excuse to grow their Washi collection? ;) Thanks so much for stopping by Lydia.
Maria @ Pastels & Macarons
Stunning. Love it all. I did a similar thing for a friends little girls birthday party but didn’t take good quality photos… forgot my camera :(
Thanks so much Maria! I’m terrible at getting good photos at real parties… I’m too busy. Partying ;)
Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden
Such a neat idea! Makes everything look so festive. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty
Thanks so much Vickie! It’s a handy trick to have up your sleeve :)
Super cute, as always!! Pinned. I wanted to let you know that I’m featuring this post tonight at the Create & Share Link Party (7:00 PM MST)! Congratulations!!! Can’t wait to see what you share with us this week. :)
Thanks so much Mandee! You’re the best. XO
I love washi tape. You have come up with some very simple and cute ways to use it. Love it. Thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy
What’s not to love about washi tape!? Thanks so much for stopping by Cathy :)
Wow, so pretty & perfect. This is a great idea. Does the tape come in sets? Thank you for the great idea. I like the ribbon garland too. Did you glitter the ends yourself? :)
Lively Little Home
Aw, thanks so much Robin! I know you can get washi tape in sets on Etsy or Amazon, but mine was collected over time from sales and dollar bins :) The DIY for the ribbon was shared right here: http://www.modifyink.com/diy-confetti-dipped-garland-with-lemon-thistle/