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Spring Project – make a Washi Tape Topiary Centerpiece {tutorial}!

spring centerpiece topiaries
I am a little obsessed with Washi Tape. 
Have you ever used it?
Washi Tape is Japanese decorative tapeWashi comes from wa meaning Japanese and shi meaning paper, and the term is used to describe paper made by hand in the traditional manner. 
I love all of the different patterns and colors that are available in these tapes.
I have seen some great ideas in packaging and gift cars, but not that many home deocr projects using Washi Tape.
 And I always like a challenge, so I have been experimenting, trying to find some decorative applications for Washi Tape.
washi tape
Last week I shared my Spring Frames Wall with some Washi Tape embellishments. I liked using the Washi Tape so much that I decided to make a display for my kitchen island. I was looking to create something light and pretty for Spring.
washi tape
frame topiary centerpiece

I found three polka dot pots – perfect for topiaries.
**I found the green balls and polka dot pots at a store called Tai Pan Trading{they have locations in Utah and California} 
I also picked up some decorative greenery balls for the topiaries. Then I wrapped some dowels in different Washi Tape and attached the dowels to the balls with my trusty hot glue gun.
washi tape topiary stems
dollar store wreath
I didn’t have any florists foam, so I cut up a $1 Dollar Store wreath and placed them in the pots. I hot glued them to the bottom. And then I placed the dowels in the florists foam. To cover up the foam, I poured some grocery store lentils over the top. I love the texture of the lentils. Pretty!!
For the “tray”, I took a clearance picture frame and put some pretty fabric in it.
the frame
the fabric
Then I decided that it needed some feet.
I replaced the knobs in my kitchen a couple of years ago and kept the old, wooden knobs in a tupperware. So I took 4 of the old knobs and painted them white. And since I might want to use the frame again in the future, I applied the knobs to the frame with velcro that can be easily removed.
velcro the knobs on the frame
stash of old knobs
paint the knobs
I also applied some Washi Tape to the outside of the frame.
I love Washi tape because it’s colorful, but it is also so easy to remove. So if I want to change out the color of my centerpiece, I can peel off that color of Washi Tape and change it for something else.
Striped Washi tape
pink plate
And I also used my Silhouette to create a Spring saying.
And I made some different flowers that go with the different colors of Washi Tape.
I applied them with Glue Dots, that way I can change out the flowers easily too!!
the plate
topiaries with washi tape
There are so many different colors of Washi Tape.
I found mine on etsy.
many washi tape
I am so excited to show you all of my other Washi Tape ideas.
It’s going to be fun:) 
Have a Super Spring Day!!! 


  1. Jordana Boothe says:

    Love this!! So clever!! And right now Family Dollar is having sale BOGO Free of the Washi tape :)

  2. Now you have done it down another rabbit trail for me I have to do both of these projects I am so loving them… Have never used the tape before/Any hints? Where is the best place to purchase? Is it hard to work with-and the tray is to stinkn cute on the fabric did you just stick it in or staple or velcro???Also have a couple questions about your machine Silohoutte thingy do you love it? Is it worth the investment? Is it hard to use? where do you recommend purchasing? Can you tell I am a newbie???? Please FB friend me jm monroe Thanks and Smiles Julie

  3. Such an adorable idea. And the centerpiece looks so much like Spring! Thanks for the post!

  4. Awesome tutorial. I just discovered washi tape via cutetape.com and found your tutorial. can’t wait to try it! thanks so much for sharing!

  5. cute cute!

  6. Katie @ OhhBaby says:

    oh my gosh. I LOVE this! I really may have to make my own variation of it! :)

  7. The topiaries are so cute! I am definitely making a trip to Tai Pan tomorrow. Thanks so much for sharing!


  8. What a creative use of the tape, love this and I'm going make one for my dinning table and using the tape after Spring, I can change it out for Summer. Thanks for sharing with us!

  9. Last Minute Mel says:

    Wow! This looks so beautiful – every single thing about it is so ingenious!!!

  10. Lindsey Stipes says:

    so cute…love this idea. I need something new for the center of my island…this would be perfect!! new follower from the tip junkie blog.

  11. Holiday Snob says:

    This is so cute! And that frame idea… genius.

  12. Ivonne Loving says:

    Hi! Loved this post. I included it in my weekly round-up. Thanks for always having such great material and creative ideas.

  13. Fabulous! I am addicted to washi tape…really..once you use it… its over. all you see are more great places to stick it.

  14. Hannah Jacklyn says:

    Wow, I've never heard of washi tape, but it seems like a really fun an versatile material for crafts!

    btw, I especially love that picture frame to footed tray transformation, I may have to make one myself- thanks for the inspiration :)

  15. Sailing with bare feet says:

    LOVE IT !!!! Super cute !!!
    you can visit me here http://sailingwithbarefeet.blogspot.com/

  16. Karen At Home says:

    What a great tutorial!! Amazing job. Never heard of Washi tape, learned something new today! Happy Thursday!


  17. Absolutely fabulous! It's funny how as I was scrolling through a post all about washi tape I couldn't help but think "I WANT A STASH OF OLD KNOBS!!!" lol

  18. Kristin@FavoritePaintColors says:

    Wow, Jen! Loved getting caught up on your blog. I have inspiration overload going on in my brain right now, you have so many great projects. I am heading to Salt Lake in a couple of weeks and can't wait to go to Tai Pan to look for these cute flower pots. Thanks for sharing!

  19. Sue (Someone's Mom) says:

    Well that was fun! I love the results and I've never heard of this product, so as always I enjoyed learning something new! Thanks!

  20. VeganCraftastic says:

    Super cute project, perfect for Spring!

  21. Amy @ Living Locurto says:

    This is so cool! Thanks for the great idea:-)

  22. Ahh Jen- a girl who loves sticky, patterned tape just as much as I do! great idea! Love that you used your leftover knobs as feet. too cute!! Not even going to talk about all the extra knobs I have hanging out in my house!
    Love it! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  23. hannah singer says:

    washi tape. i am addicted.
    love this idea!

  24. Kate @ Chic on a Shoestring Decorating says:

    I love all of this!! Great job! :)

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  26. Grammy Staffy says:

    You amaze me. You are so clever and artistic. You make e smile.
    I am still in the hospital after the accident but I am getting better.
    I have a long way to go but I take just one day at a time. Thank you for your prayers and best wishes.
    Hugs, Lura

  27. Scrappy Beads says:

    Such GREAT Projects… I ♥ them!!
    Just poppin' in to say "Hi"… and take a look around. My first time here and a new follower… *Ü*. I'm looking forward to visiting with you often. **Lots of Hugs**

  28. Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com says:

    I really love these Jen!! The tap adds such a fun touch of pattern to everything! I'm going to have to hunt some down!
    The whole display is so cute.
    I really enjoyed getting to meet you this weekend! It was one of the highlights of my trip! :)

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  30. Love these! The green is so spring – y!!!!

  31. These are adorable! Ive been wanting to make a topiary or two lately, and thank for sharing a neat way to do it!!

  32. Terrie Mathison says:

    Great post! Saw this before I left for my errands on my babysitter Tuesdays (when a sitter comes and I go shopping)! Looked all over for Washi tape only to realize it is not sold locally (Hobby Lobby, Joanns or Michaels). Now I realize just how special it is. When I do get some I will be one of the few around with it!! I couldn't find those cute topiary balls either. Did get my knobs and pots!!!

    I will keep looking as this is a beautiful project.

  33. gina luv says:

    i love this project~can you buy washi tape at regular craft stores?

  34. BeingBrook says:

    Love the washi tape. Wish I would have bought a huge boxful when we lived in Japan and could get it at the Japanese dollar store! I've already gone through my stash in the few months we've been back in the states.

  35. shopannies says:

    it all says spring to me

  36. I have admired that stuff from afar, but have never used it. Tape with polka dots? What's NOT to like. And I love how the pots turned out. We were SUPER productive that shopping day. :)

  37. super cute blog and ideas! I cant wait to follow more :)

  38. The six of us! says:

    AMAZINGLY cute!!! What a simple yet lovely idea, thanks for sharing!

  39. LauraH24 says:

    You just introduced me to what I think is going to be my new favorite crafting element! This tape has so much craft potential! So fun!

  40. lauren@warmandfuzzy says:

    Great idea. This is so cute! Going to search etsy for some tape in cute patterns and colors!

    Lauren @ Warm&Fuzzy

  41. Jennifer says:

    Wow Jen! I have not heard of this stuff, but I can already tell I'm going to love it! And your spring centerpiece is adorable! It was so nice meeting you at CE.
    Scissors & Spatulas

  42. LOVE that!

  43. Ali Richardson says:

    SO pretty! I love it all!

  44. Look beautiful… now.. how does one collect a box of "old stash of knobs"?

    It's a great idea how you used them.

  45. So cute!! I love the idea for the tray, you're awesome Jen!! :)

  46. Kassi @ Truly Lovely says:

    So the tray is by far my favorite part!!! But it's all super cute! Had no idea about that tape though… What a fun idea! :)

  47. Love IT!!!!! I have to find the tape and start creating. You have inspired me to do so much (in my brain is where alot if it gets done) but I am slowly accomplishing new projects. Must do this!
    Great tray!
    Keep up the great creating!

  48. Jen-CraftOManiac says:

    LOVE IT ALL. The tray is my fav. Who new a frame with painted knobs and fabric could make such a darling tray. Great job, thanks for sharing. winks- jen

  49. Michelle L. says:

    Fantastique! I love the washi-wrapped stems, that is such a great idea!

  50. They turned out awesome!

  51. Holly @ Roller Coaster Life says:

    You are so creative!! I would use it just so i could say the name WASHI TAPE!!!!!!!!!!

    Love how you can change things out!

  52. Lil Mama Stuart says:

    I have been longing for washi tape for awhile. And finally got 2 rolls recently to use in the back of my daughter's shelves (instead of painting/scrapbook paper)!

    Love you how you made a tray. And that's a lot of spare knobs!

  53. Vivienne @ the V Spot says:

    I have never heard of this before! Awesome! (BTW- I think I like the green version the best.) Great job… as usual. (Did you do this on the plane on the way back from CE? Where DO you find the time to do all of this!?)

  54. Katie @ HunnyBee Blog says:

    I have never been a big fan of topiary's but I love this!! I especially love the frame that you transformed into a "stand/tray". Its great I love it!!

  55. So Clever! I've never heard of Washi tape before, I think I'll be needing some soon. Thanks for sharing! I love the topiaries.

  56. This is GREAT! Love it!!! BTW… I was officially your 12,000th follower the other day:)

  57. {LOVE} this…so pretty! Where do you get Washi tape? Do they sell it at Michael's or Hobby Lobby yet?


  58. The Old Block House says:

    I've seen the tape, but never seen it used. Lovely ideas!

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  59. mumwards31 says:

    That is super cute! Can I ask where you found your supplies? I love the pots and didn't know you could buy the topiary balls like that. We only have a Hobby Lobby in our area so I am wondering if they carry Washi tape. Sorry for the questions! I really liked it! :O)

  60. Courtney @ A Diamond in the Stuff says:

    I love love every part of it!!!!

  61. Just Jaime says:

    I love this project! The tape is so fun!

  62. Love this Jen, my favorite elements are the frame as a tray and the lentils as filler!!! Genius. 😉

  63. Kelly at I Dream of Decor says:

    I just love your topiaries! and I never would have imagined your tray was a picture frame! so creative:)

  64. Sandy a la Mode says:

    i love love love the tape idea! super fun and colorful craft! it was so great meeting you at CE! :)

  65. I love that tape. Where did you find it?

    Thanks for the great ideas!


  66. radiomomrhetoric says:

    That is such a sweet idea!!! Thanks for sharing!!! I haven't heard of that tape before but will be sure to look for it!

  67. radiomomrhetoric says:

    That is such a sweet idea!!! Thanks for sharing!!! I haven't heard of that tape before but will be sure to look for it!

  68. BriBedell says:

    Cute Idea! Love those tapes!

  69. Lyndee @ A Recovering Craft Hoarder says:

    When you projects like these, I remember why I fell in love with your blog in the first place. I love that you made a tray (with legs!!!) out of a picture frame. Even more, I love that you've made it so it's not permanent and that you can reuse it as a frame…or whatever. The tape is so cool! I love the many things you can do with it (just saw it used on Mod Podge Rocks to make a pendant).

  70. Wow, these are amazing and so are you!

  71. Such a great idea! I love it!

  72. Trisha @ The Sweet Survival says:

    These are so cute! I love topiaries! The tape is very versatile.

  73. what a fun product…washi tape…i'll have to look for it :) great ideas, jen. i love your springy vingette.

  74. Kelli @ RTSM says:

    Jen this is too cute! I love that you can change out the tape so easily, and I love that you added feet to the bottom of the frame too!

  75. These are ADORABLE JEN! How creative! I LOVE greenery anywhere in my home!

  76. Jen,
    I love this idea! Not only do I think that the topiaries are cool, but I love how you created the little table for them out of a picture frame and knobs! So brilliant! And the washi tape is cool- definitely something I am going to need to try.
    I am going to link to this post and include a photo in my Sunday's post (4/17) Links to Love at http://www.momof6.com!
    Thanks for sharing this!

  77. Ricki Jill Treleaven says:

    Love the topiaries. I had never heard of the washabi tape. Where do you buy it?

  78. Ms. Megan says:

    I LOVE this!! It's so simple and springy!! :)I adore that you made a tray from a frame and some knobs!! Genius!! I will have to try this!! PS There is a tutorial on Sunshine and Carousels blog about making your own washi tape!! You should check it out!! 😉
    Have a wonderful day!! xoxo

  79. Way too cute Jen!

  80. You are ingenious! This is great and I love your final product! I wish I had half of your creativity! Love reading! Thank you!

  81. Reflections from Granny says:


    :) Lori m

  82. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    I've never heard of Washi tape. Very cool! Your topiary vignette is lovely, Jen!! I love the tray you made…everything is so fresh and pretty looking. :)

  83. Keep the ideas coming. I ordered some washi tape from etsy after seeing your frame project. Can't wait to see other ways to use it.

  84. Awesome, I love how you made that tray!

  85. angie @ the cellar door stories says:

    very, very cute!!! i have not come across washi tape, but i will definitely have to be on the lookout!!

  86. Christine says:

    Hi Jen! I just found that washi tape on Etsy a couple of days ago and purchased some…I cannot wait for it to arrive–I think I'm obsessed 😉 Great use of it in this project–very fresh and crisp!

  87. Heidiopia says:

    Super fun project, Jen!! I've been looking for topiaries or topiary projects and have now hit the jackpot. :) Thanks!

  88. Louley's Belles says:

    Ok now that is SUPER cute! Love it!!

  89. Simply LKJ says:

    I had never heard of that before…love it! What fun patterns. The topiaries and tray are adorable!!

  90. KJ@letsgoflyakite says:

    I love Japanese tape. I am so glad you are including these tapes in your projects and excited to see what you come up with. That is very clever to wrap it around the stems and the base of the tray!

  91. Mariaelena says:

    these are fantastic…loving the tray with the little "bun" feet…xo, Mariaelena

  92. I'm with Miss Kitty plus I love how your projects actually seem doable for non-crafters like myself!

  93. Miss Kitty says:

    So MANY great ideas in one blog post! Thanks for letting me know about the tape…I have never heard of it before but you did a wonderful of showing us different ways it could be used.

  94. jen you're a genius!! LOVE it!!

  95. Wow!Super!

  96. Wow! I think I'm gonna have to get some of that tape! I really like your tray idea. Looks wonderful!

  97. Brie Oshiro says:

    Super cute and bright! I really like the tray made from a picture frame, genius!

  98. Jayna Rae says:

    Way cute!!! I love the entire center piece.


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