How to Create a Washi Tape Argyle Accent Wall

Amp up any space with ease using washi tape. Personalize, add interest, and change as often as you'd like.

Not ready to commit to wallpaper? Capture its captivating look on a small accent wall using washi masking tape from Japan. Washi tape is affordable and long lasting, but when you're ready to move on to another look, it easily and cleanly peels off in minutes. Search etsy.com for great washi tape resources. (We found ours here.) Our argyle design is created with diagonal lines of two tapes in two widths. For our 8x10-foot wall, we used about five purple rolls and four silver grid rolls. Tip: Plot your design on graph paper first.

Materials Needed

  • 50 mm washi tape (we used Pale Wisteria)
  • 15 mm washi tape (we used Silver Grid)
  • Tape measure
  • Level
  • Plumb line
  • Crafts knife
  • Straightedge

Step 1: Measure and Mark

Find the center of your wall, marking that point where the wall meets the ceiling. From the center point, make marks at 15-inch increments to the left and to the right. Using the plumb line as a vertical guide from these marks, make marks 30 inches apart until you reach the base molding. The marks are your diagonal guide and where your tape strips will intersect. Apply wide tape in diagonal strips (one direction at a time), cutting off excess at top and bottom. Work slowly, unrolling and smoothing tape in small sections. Allow strips to overlap.

Step 2: Add Thin Tape Strips

Repeat the process for the slim tape, but marking at 7-1/2 inches to the left and to the right of each wide strip. Where the slim tape overlaps the wide, don't press too firmly.

Step 3: Trim

Trim the overlapping slim tape using a crafts knife and a small architect's triangle or straightedge.

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