DIY: Washi Tape Barrettes

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Please give a big welcome to the latest member to the we heart this team, Carly of Chic Steals! She’ll be sharing her amazing and fashionable DIY’s with all of us. So stay tuned – you’ll be a DIY diva in no time! ~ Stef and Tyna

With washi tape coming in so many amazing patterns lately, it’s been all I can do to not break it out to use on practically everything. One idea that caught my eye was to use washi tape on accessories – and I just love how the fun patterns and colors pop against hair.

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Today I’m sharing this Fashion DIY to help you add to your hair adornments drawer. It’s actually very easy to make your own barrettes using washi tape and I added a finishing with Mod Podge Dimensional Magic. Let’s get started!

diywashitapebarrettes materials DIY: Washi Tape Barrettes

Barrette blanks
Washi tape
White craft foam
E6000 craft glue
Mod Podge Dimensional Magic


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1. Place a piece of washi tape onto the craft foam.

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2. Snip around the tape to create 2 clean ends.

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3. Place some E6000 glue onto the barrette backing.

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4. Press the cut piece of foam onto the barrette. You may have to hold it a few minutes so it conforms to the curved shape.

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5. Apply a thick coat of Mod Podge Dimensional Magic to the surface of the tape.

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6. Use a toothpick to pop any bubbles, and spread the Dimensional Magic to the edges of the foam (but not over).

7. Allow to dry 24 hours.

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And that’s it! These barrettes are so easy to make that I a made a whole bunch of them using different washi tapes. For the thinner tapes, I layered and stacked them. And for the wider tape I tried piecing it together to create a large pattern.

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However you do it, I’m sure they will turn out fantastic. If you make your own version of this DIY, I’d love to see them – please share!

Happy DIY’ing!

Readers – What DIY projects to you create using washi tape?

All photos: Carly for we heart this

Carly is an avid DIY’er, budget-shopper, and crafter extraordinaire. Taking inspiration straight from the runways and current fashion trends, she shares step-by-step tutorials for making clothing, jewelry, and accessories on her blog Chic Steals (founded in 2008).

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  1. Profile photo of lyssachelle

    HOW CUTE!!! I bet this would be really fun with an added shape on top in a contrasting tape color. Too bad I don’t have any hair right now! :-)
    And I’ve never used the dimensional magic before, I’m used to the old tried and true modge podge, I didn’t even know that existed!! Oh, the possibilities…

    Yay, welcome @carlyjcais! I’m already plowing through your blog and pinning some of your projects! :-)

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      Carly J. Cais

      Hi Lyssachelle!

      Thanks so much – I totally agree you could do contrasting shapes, different tapes, a mishmash of patterns…whatever strikes your fancy!:-)

      Mod Podge Dimensional Magic is fairly new; it’s much thicker than regular Mod Podge and with one coat gives that glossy, finished sheen of resin. A lot of people use it to make bottle cap jewelry or resin-look pendants…and it’s really easy to work with! It may be a little hard to find…my Michaels had it stuck with the glues instead of with the Mod Podge…go figure! But it’s so fun to play with and really lends a finished look to jewelry, especially mixed media and decoupage pieces. Hope you have a blast playing with it!

      Thanks so much for visiting my blog and for your kind welcome:-)

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      Carly J. Cais

      Hi Amity!

      Thanks so much for your kind words! I’ve been playing around with washi tape too in my home decor projects…but felt it was high time to start adding it in to my jewelry projects too! I just can’t help myself ;-)

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      Carly J. Cais

      Hi Lucylemonade!

      I was curious too for the longest time, then bought a bunch during my last trip to Tokyo, and followed up with more from Now I have tons to play with – it seems to buy, begets more! You’ll be thinking up tons of uses for it in no time…and if all else fails, it looks great on gift wrapping and coordinating the cards!

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      Carly J. Cais

      Thank you, Gigi:-)

      I am new to WeHeartThis but am having a great time becoming more familiar with the community here, and checking out all the great posts from the archive. Thanks for your welcome – glad you like the tutorial!

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    For starters, a big welcome to @carlyjcais! So excited to see what you’ve got up your sleeve.

    Love this DIY! So cute and so easy to accomplish. I’m always looking for new hair accessories–definitely overlooked a lot when considering how to dress something up. Can’t wait to try!

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    Tyna Werner

    Another big old “Welcome!” to @carlyjcais – we’re so excited to have you here at we heart this!

    I am loving this DIY. I wear barrettes fairly often, but tend to stick to the basic and boring – brown, black or silver. I have a hard time finding decorative barrettes that I like – but these are the perfect mixture of cute and cool. Must make my own! I can’t wait to get my hands on some washi tape.
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      Carly J. Cais

      Thanks @turboterp! Once you try washi tape, I guarantee you will fall in love! It’s so pretty, versatile, and is re-positionable and removable, so many people use the wider widths to decorate their walls, shelves, or book spines. So many possibilities!

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      Carly J. Cais

      Thank you Rachel! Are you using Dimensional Magic mostly on domed surfaces…? I assure you it works just as well on flat things! (You could even make custom scrapbooking embellishments…cute rings…button earrings…the possibilities are endless!)

  4. Cathy

    Hi Carly! I’m so happy to see you here on WHT too! I love these Washi Tape Barrettes! They’re so cute and such a great idea! You used two of my favorite supplies; washi tape and mod podge! This dimensional mod podge looks awesome! I can’t wait to try it! These would make great stocking stuffers! Thanks for sharing such a great project!

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