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Washi Tape Storage

This DIY washi tape storage box is a great way to organize and use your favorite washi tapes!

washi tape storage box
I’ve become quite the washi tape collector, as I’m sure several of you have, too!

I’ve been wracking my brain to come up with a good way to store it all so that it can still easily be used, and I finally came up with a brilliant idea to make this washi tape storage box!

wooden jewelry box
You know those wooden boxes you can get at Hobby Lobby?

They turn out to be the perfect size to store rolls of washi tape!

Mine is the 9″x6″x3″ box.

So you could just stick the tape in the box and be done… or you could take it a step further like I did!

Want to see?

dowel rods
We’re going to use dowel rods to hold the tape (1/2″ in diameter), so mark off where you want them to go.

I suggest not trimming the dowels down to size yet. We’ll get to that in a couple of steps.

I marked 1 & 1/2 inches from the outside of the box in on the front and back of the box on each side and marked off the width of my dowels.

Dremel attachment
You’re going to need a router of some sort.

Mine comes in the form of a handy Dremel attachment.

dowel holder in jewelry box
Slowly start routing out the marked area on the box.

You want to gouge out about halfway through the wood.

This will make a little “shelf” for the dowel to rest on. Make sure you go far enough down the inside of the box so that the top of the dowel will be not be effected closing the box.

trim dowels - washi tape storage box
Speaking of the dowels, now is the time to trim them down to size!

Mark where you need to make your cut then carefully saw off the part you need.

The length will depend on how much you gouged out of the sides of the box.

Make 2 and sand the edges.

completed washi tape storage box
Your dowels should fit nicely in your new grooves.

washi tape storage box
Almost done now!

What? You thought that was the end?

Oh no, one more thing to do!

aluminum foil box washi tape organizer
Incidentally you can fit your washi tape inside of an empty aluminum foil box.

I suppose you could cover it with scrapbook paper and use this for storage, too.

I’m more interested in the metal teeth on the box!

Aluminum foil box teeth for washi tape storage box
Trim off the metal teeth along with about 1/2″ of the cardboard and measure how long it needs to be to fit the front of your box

Using old scissors (so you don’t mess up your good ones!), trim the teeth down to size.

Apply some adhesive (I used Beacon’s 3-in-1) to the cardboard and place it against the inside front side of the box. Let the metal teeth stick up above the wood. I should actually have made mine a little higher.

Clamp it on with “craft” clamps (a.k.a. clothespins!).

washi tape storage container
Add your washi tape to the dowel rods and you’re all set!

You can also move the front dowel to the back slot and the back to the front since the dowels simply lift out of the slots if you need to.

When you close up the box and carry it around the dowels will stay perfectly in place.

washi tape box
Now I just need to decorate my box!


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This post was originally shared June, 2012.

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Friday 22nd of May 2020

Great project Michele-super way to store your tape. I’ve never seen washi tape in real life… lol gail


Saturday 2nd of November 2019

It’s so refreshing to see something different from the same few ideas used that are shared all the time. Thanks for posting something different, new, & creative. A must pin/share for everyone! This is awesome, and thank you again for the inspiration!


Friday 25th of January 2019

Oh man - washi tape AND a Dremel. Two things I want!


Friday 25th of January 2019

How cute and clever! I store my washi tape in a plastic shoe box, but I've been wanting a better (and more cute!) way to store it. Thanks so much for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things!

Mother of 3

Monday 21st of January 2019

That is such a great storage solution!! Pinned.

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