Tutorial: Washi Tape Holder

Hi all! I hope everyone had a wonderful week and managed to find some time to get their art on. I’m super excited to share my most recent project with you today, a washi tape holder!

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If you follow my blog, you may recall that a few months back I posted about the k-cups holder that I repurposed into a washi tape holder. You can see that post HERE. Well that worked well enough for a while, but it has become time to find something new.

I’ve been scouring Pinterest and Etsy, looking for something that would work. I did find many wonderful washi storage ideas, but few that fit my criteria. My ideal solution being minimal footprint, vertical storage and having my wash tape be easy to get to.

I did find a couple of options on Etsy that were close, but not quite. Plus, being the BIG fan of instant gratification that I am, I just couldn’t fathom waiting the 20 days for something arrive.

So, I decided to build my own.

I asked my Beloved, for his skilled assistance with the power tools and set off for Michaels to buy what I needed. Creating your own designs can be such a boost to your creative side, finding crafting equipment that you can use for these projects like a vinyl cutter, can get you designing something new and unique, going onto sites like vinylcuttingmachineguide.com can help you narrow down the right one for you and your creations.


  • Wooden base
  • Wooden dowels (I used 3 long dowels this holder, 5/8 diameter)
  • 2 inch screws (One for each dowel)
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper

You can easily pick up these same items at Home Depot, but I knew that Michaels would have the kind of unfinished wooden base that I wanted, in their woodworking section. If you do decide to stick with Home Depot, you are in luck! They have some great offers on with their coupons, you will be able to see here, to find one that can fit your home project.


You can design your washi tape holder in any configuration that works for you, depending on how big your stash is and how much space you have. I built mine with 6 dowels, 2 rows of 3.

2015-07-16 19.56.18You’ll first want to sand your dowels and wooden base with a fine grit paper and then measure the length of dowel that you want to cut. This will determine how tall your holder is. I cut mine into 12″ sections.

2015-07-16 19.58.49This is where the miter box comes in super handy. It keeps those dowels from rolling around while you’re cutting them and helps ensure a nice straight cut. If you are a skilled craftsman and have a wide variety of tools then you may have a miter saw, which of course makes this much easier. If you don’t have a miter saw but would like one then check out these Plug-InPartners Miter Saws reviews. If you are less experienced then a miter box will work fine.

2015-07-16 20.15.04Once your dowels are cut, lightly run the sandpaper over the cut edges, just be careful to keep the edges nice and straight, or you’ll end up with a wonky holder. This is a good time to grab that wood glue and keep it handy.

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I used some of my larger rolls of washi to layout the placement for each dowel.

2015-07-16 20.26.50Using the washi rolls as a rough guide, use your speed square to mark the centers of each roll. That’s where you’ll place the dowels.

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Using a small bit, drill some pilot holes where you made your marks. One of my friends works in the construction industry as a mason so I was actually able to borrow some of his masonry drill bits for this project. These pilot holes will help prevent your wood from splitting when you insert the screws. Tip: place the edge of your wooden base over the edge of your work table as you drill to prevent drilling into your work area.

2015-07-16 20.39.46Once you’ve made the pilot holes in your base, you’ll need to do the same with your dowels. Carefully drill 2 inch deep pilot holes into the cut ends of each dowel.

2015-07-16 20.45.34 2015-07-16 20.45.52Insert a screw through the underside of your base, just enough so that it comes out through the other side. Then take one of your cut dowels, spread some glue over the cut end and thread it onto the screw that’s poking through.

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Now, using your drill, finish drilling the screw all the way into your dowel. You can wipe up any dripping wood glue with a damp paper towel.

Repeat these last two steps for each of your dowels until they are all screwed onto your base. Give them all a finishing twist, by hand, if you find any are a little wonky.

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The last step is to add your rolls of washi tape and you’re all done!

If you’d like, you can paint your holder at this point. A couple of coats of spray paint should do nicely. Also, if you have a need to protect your work surface, you can glue small felt circles over the screw heads, on the underside of your base.

I felt the need to do neither. I may decide to give it a distressed paint job at some point in the future, but as of right now I’m Loving my new holder and rather like the look of it unfinished.

A HUGE thank you goes out to my Beloved for his help and masterful use of the drill. It was the one are that I just didn’t feel confident doing myself.

This particular washi holder will hold roughly 100 rolls and as Patrick pointed out, now I have room to buy more washi! You just GOTTA love a man that supports your wacky obsessions!

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I hope that you’ve found this tutorial helpful and feel inspired to make your own washi tape organize/holder. If you do, I’d love to see!

Thanks for reading and I wish you a Happy Day!



2 Comments on Tutorial: Washi Tape Holder

  1. Mary C. Nasser
    July 19, 2015 at 4:54 pm (6 years ago)

    Awesome tutorial!!
    Your collection of washi tape is inspiring, too! I am crushing on that star scribbled tape!!

    • Belen Sotelo
      July 19, 2015 at 10:41 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Mary, I’m happy that you found the tutorial informative. I think that star washi came in a freckled fawn kit.


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