If you don’t know what washi tape is, it’s time to get in the know! Washi tape is paper tape that comes in about a million patterns and colors, is easy to remove, and is just the thing you need to create a warmer workspace.

From colorful keys to the cutest clothespins around, here are 8 DIY projects for a quick and easy desk makeover.


– washi tape (patterns + florals)

Xacto knife

round mousepad

Moleskine notebooks


cork coasters

colorful paper clips

mason jar

– computer keyboard

1. Journals: Can’t keep all those Moleskine journals apart?

Make each of them unique with a stripe or two of washi tape. Simply stick on and wrap around. Be sure to wrap around the inside cover of your Moleskine for a seamless look.

2. Paper Clip Bookmarks: For a quick bookmark in a pinch, paper clips to the rescue.

Loop a bit of washi tape through and tape it back on itself. Snip at the top and you’re done.

3. Cute Clothespins: Clothespins are a great way to keep things in order at your desk, in the craft room, and even in the kitchen.

Cover each side of your clothespin with washi tape and use an Xacto knife to clean up any messy edges. That’s it!

4. Colorful Keyboard: Definitely a DIY project for folks who know their home keys by heart.

There are two ways to do this. You can either eyeball it or measure out each piece of washi tape. Most keys on a standard keyboard are a 1/2 inch by a 1/2 inch. Keys like caps lock, shift, and option are slightly different. Press each piece of tape onto your keyboard and use your fingernails or the dull side of an Xacto knife to press around the keys.

5. Mousepad: What good is a washi keyboard without a mousepad to match?

For this project, we used one of our round mousepads from our glitter mousepad kit! Simply tape a pattern you like – we went with a thick stripe on the bottom half of the mousepad. Flip over and use an Xacto knife to cut off the excess tape. Fini!

6. Coasters: You’re gonna need a place to keep that cup of coffee (or can of lukewarm Red Bull Zero, as the case may be).

Grab a few cork coasters and tape it up. This is also a fun way to repurpose those thick cardboard coasters you find at bars and restaurants.

7. Pencil Jar: Wait… is that a mason jar?! Come on, we had to. There’s no cuter place to keep pencils than in a mason jar. To add a bit of color we added a whole bunch of washi tape stripes and called it a day.

8. A Box to Keep All Your Washi Tape: Last, a box to keep your washi tape! This might not exactly count as a “project” but it looks darn cute and can also hold phone chargers, SD cards, and more.

Talk about a quick and easy workspace makeover! It all looks so sweet together.

Have you done any DIY projects using washi tape? Tell us about them in the comments below.