DIY: Washi Tape Barrettes

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diy washi tape barrettes

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.

diy barrettes

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!

diy washi tape barrettes materials

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


diy washi tape barrettes

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

diy barrettes

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.

diy washi tape barrettes

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.

simple hair accessory DIY

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.

diy washi tape barrettes

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!

we heartsters – What DIY projects to you create using washi tape?

DIY Washi Tape Barrettes


  • carlyjcais

    Carly is a DIY’ing frugal fashionista who’s always looking for high style on a low budget. She re-interprets fashionable trends for the creative everywoman.


  1. 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! :-)

    1. 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:-)

  2. These are adorable–can’t wait to see what you come up with next. I’ve been pretty boring with washi tape thus far–gift wrapping and the edges of bookshelves.

    1. 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 ;-)

    2. You’re doing better than me @amity – I’ve yet to do anything with washi tape. But now I totally want to buy some for all my holiday gift wrapping this year.

  3. I’ve been curious of washi tape but never tried anything yet. This gives me a reason to go out and find some to get creative with!

    1. 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!

  4. Welcome, Carly! You’ll love this site! I wasn’t familiar with this at all, but now all I want to do is make barrettes. Thanks much for the explicit instructions.

    1. 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!

  5. 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!

    1. Thanks Marissa! I appreciate the warm welcome:-)

      Hope you enjoy making these barrettes – please share your project if you do!

  6. Welcome to the team, Carly! Those barrettes are super cute. I have a bunch of washi tape laying around, so this is a great easy project.

  7. 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.

  8. Welcome, Carly! This project is so clever and you’ve made it look easy, too. I’ve never used washi tape before, and now I can’t wait to head to the craft store. Thank you for the inspiration!

    1. 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!

  9. DITTO! Another “Welcome!” to @carlyjcais to WHT! I just adore this post! Great directions on how to make the cutest barrettes in town! Love this.. I think I can do this since I have the exact pair of scissors! LOL! Welcome aboard!

    1. Thanks Irene! Good luck making your own cute little barrettes! And we must both shop at Staples for our scissors haha :-)

  10. Welcome Carly! What a fabulous & easy DIY! I’m a HUGE fan of Mod Podge Dimensional Magic. Never would of thought of using it on something flat. Great idea! Looking forward to more of your Fashion DIYs!

    1. 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!)

  11. Welcome @carlyjcais!! This is a really cute and clever project. I love Washi and I love hair accessories. So this one is a win win for me. I can’t wait to see what else you have in store for us. What a great addition to the WHT team!!

    1. Thank you Kellie! I so appreciate it! I can’t stay away from Washi Tape, so I as just trying to figure out more ways to use it ;-)

  12. 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!

    1. Thanks Cathy! Dimensional Mod Podge definitely expands all your creative crafting abilities – I highly recommend it:-)

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