Create eye-catching coasters with decorative washi tape

Who says coasters need to blend into the background? Coasters decorated with printed washi tape easily catch the eye, so you'll always remember to reach for one the next time you sit down with a cold drink. Use the same floral lace print for this project or opt for something else that better suits your taste. With so many washi tape choices available, your imagination is unlimited.
While there are several different imitations around the world, true washi tape is a kind of masking tape made from Japanese washi paper. Initially called MT masking tape, the product was pioneered in Japan in an industrial masking tape factory established in 1923. Aside from coming in countless colors and designs, washi tape is surprisingly strong, making it the ideal product for decorating coasters. A thin layer of Mod Podge applied to the top of the tape further protects this versatile and durable material from condensation.
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Materials
- Square wooden coasters, 3 millimeters (about 1/10 inch) thick
- Floral lace washi tape, 15 millimeters (about 1/2 inch) wide
- White and gold washi tape, 3 millimeters (about 1/10 inch) wide
- Gold washi tape, 3 millimeters (about 1/10 inch) wide
- Scissors
- X-Acto knife
- Rotary cutting mat or another durable surface
- Mod Podge
- Paintbrush
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Instructions
1. Align the edge of the floral tape with the bottom of the coaster. Stick in place. It's no problem if the edges of the tape extend over the edges of the coaster.
2. Place another piece of tape on the coaster by aligning the bottom edge of the second piece with the top edge of the first. Stick in place. Repeat until you've covered the entire coaster.
3. Place the slim white and gold tape along the edges of the floral tape. Repeat as needed.
4. Turn the coaster face down on a rotary cutting mat. Use an X-Acto knife to trim off the excess tape around the coaster.
5. Stick the slim gold tape around the edges of the coaster. Trim with scissors.
6. Paint a thin layer of Mod Podge on the surface of the coaster. Allow it to dry.
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7. Repeat steps 1–6 until you have a complete set of coasters.
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