DIY decorating with masking tape | How About Orange

May 10, 2011

DIY decorating with masking tape

I love to peel and stick things. Especially orange things. Here's an easy way to customize plain ceramics: apply decorative tape in colors that match your home, your party decorations, or your current bouquet of flowers. Dress up inexpensive vases for DIY wedding table centerpieces or showers. And when you get tired of your design, just peel it off.

Stick tape onto a piece of wax paper and slice it into thin strips to make asterisks or bunting strings. Cut the other shapes off tape rolls with a scissors.


Sources for pretty masking tape include Happy Tape, Cutetape, and Ginko Papers.

73 comments:

Nancy said...

OMG...please send me that last pitcher with the bunting!! lol

SO CUTE!!

BTW,Do you have the name/brand of a good ORANGE PAINT color? I want to use orange as the accent color in my sewing room..

Bethany said...

I must invest in some plain white glassware. What a great idea!

Clare said...

Going to have to fight Nancy for that jug - it's absolutely gorgeous!

Jess said...

Thanks! The pitcher was a vintage Etsy find. The other vase was about $2 at Walmart a couple years ago. I think it's supposed to be for salad dressing; it was with the plates and dishes. It would be fun to get a bunch of them and do a row of vases, or put one on each table at a reception.

Drea said...

FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS CUTE.
THIS is amazing.

EllenQ said...

So cute! I particularly love the bunting.

Live a Colorful Life said...

This is SUCH a great idea. I had linked to your mother's day cards on my post today (all about your fabric), but I'm off to change it now to THIS link. Fabulous!

Momichka said...

what a cute idea!! i have just the vase i'd like to see cheered up with polka dot tape.
thanks for sharing!!!

Jess said...

Nancy, there are many excellent oranges, so of course it depends on what you're after. But I can tell you we painted two walls in our spare bedroom Behr 250B-6 Poppy Glow.

angie said...

this is so awesome, jess! thanks for sharing it.

tinajo said...

Oh help - this is really, really wonderful! :-)

virginiamae said...

Love the tiny strips and bunting =) Oh, and of course your new fabric line Outside Oslo!

Noga said...

Great idea!!!

Amy said...

What a creative idea! I love the fact that you can switch up the look of things whenever you want! I've just discovered decorative masking tape, and I can't wait to use it on something!

Grandma G said...

Those are very cute! Good thing you got a supply of tape for Christmas. ;)

feathermar said...

That bunting one is especially awesome!!!

Wendys Hat said...

Seriously? This is genius!

100%HEPPIE said...

Great idea ! Love the color...

Mymsie said...

Awesome idea! Did you use a corner rounder or free-hand cut those curved ends?

G L E N D A said...

SUPER IDEA! I love all your DIY projects! :)

Emily Joyce said...

This is too cute! And so easy! That bunting pitcher is adorable!

that kate said...

This is very inspiring. It all looks amazing!

Jess said...

Mymsie, freehand.

nath said...

a great idea, as usual !!!! awesome !

Amy said...

Ok, I'm pretty much drooling over that last one with the bunting! So cute!!

Sophie World said...

What a cute idea! I love it when you can decorate then redecorate items to make them fit any occasion. Of course, it makes me sad that none of these would survive even a single washing, but... At least you get a fresh canvas!

Lele said...

great idea!!

-Lele*
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Becca said...

Wow! This is amazing!

NIki said...

I will do this on every single ceramic thing i own.

Stella Grace said...

Oh my lordy, you are just so clever!

Alex said...

very cute and creative!

Monika said...

Just saw something very similar selling on Etsy for $40 (it was highlighted on Olioboard): http://www.etsy.com/listing/59655531/modern-stripe-bottle-vase
I like the cost of yours much better :)

christine @ leapfroglane said...

I'm drooling over these!

Jess said...

Monika, those are awesome! Love them.

Art For Little Hands said...

This is fabulous. I am sharing your idea on facebook with all my friends. I love it!

rilojane said...

Illustrating in one post why I love this blog so much.

PoodlePoddles said...

Such an awesome idea! Love it! :)

Chandu said...

Such an awesome idea...
sooper cool!

FWDstore said...

So cool. Bet it would look great in any color! Have you tried others?

Jessica said...

What a good idea. And so cheap to do! The bunting is particularly nice.

*Evelyn* said...

Super cool idea !!

Anonymous said...

I have a slight obsession with MT Tape so I was so thrilled to see it used in such a creative way!

kari said...

I absolutely love the things you do with decorative masking tape!

Creatively Ordinary said...

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing your favorite places to find tape, I am on my way to check them out.

Kristina said...

Love it! So clever!

kate said...

Shut UP! This is brilliant. Where does one find orange masking tape??

kate said...

Oops, got so excited I didn't see your cute tape sources. ;)

Garin said...

Love it! This is the first truly unique usage of the Japanese masking tape that I've seen in a long time. Simple and beautiful!

Aina said...

Woderful, wonderful¡¡¡¡

just jayma said...

Is that really amsking tape?? When I think masking tape, I think the whitish yellowish stuff you get from the store....is this the japanese masking tape?? it is fabulous! Does it have a shiney finish, or more matte and textured like traditional masking tape?

Jess said...

Yep, it's the Japanese stuff. It has a matte finish and is thinner/more flexible than the regular manilla-colored traditional masking tape.

Eleanor Rae said...

the bunting jug is amazing!

hello. said...

how fun is this!! :) the design possiblities could be endless...

Norma said...

so cute!!!!

Olympe said...

So beautifull. Thanks for the ideas.

Annette said...

That looks amazing. I'd probably fail and be uttlery frustrated in trying to make mine look just as pretty but it's such a great idea!

SewTara said...

Wow those are so great!!
Well done on the bunting, must have taken forever.

Jess said...

Nope, just a couple minutes. Quick snips with the scissors off the ends of the tape rolls, cutting on an angle to make triangles.

raddesigning said...

Oh my goodness... I'm seriously always so impressed with you! Who would have thought to use decorative tape to decorate?! You're seriously so incredibly creative... keep it up!!

sam henderson said...

Genius! I'm doing it!
So glad to have stumbled upon your site. I have a lot of reading to do.

Danielle said...

The cutest tape decorating I've ever seen.

Mrs. Harmony said...

The last pitcher is my favorite!! Sooo cute! Thank you for the idea!

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All Washi Tape said...

Woderful!


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Virgínia Vilela said...

Incrível!

Majenta Designs said...

wow this is such a fun idea! thanks for sharing! :)

Emilie said...

That is adorable!

waistingaway said...

Jessica,

I just want to tell you that ONE of the things that I MOST appreciate you is that, with ALL of the clever and cute crafty-dos that you create, every photo you snap shows your home/office/surroundings as being uncluttered. Of course, this may just be "staging" on your part (my husband used to say, "Do you want me to move that TREE in the background?" because I watch everything in the frame)... but it doesn't appear that way. I so appreciate someone who can craft and create and still purge and keep things tidy :D
You're a great inspiration :D
-|<@ren

Jess said...

Aw, thanks! I don't like clutter very much. It makes me feel disorganized and uncomfortable. Dirt, I have absolutely no problem with, and I have a remarkable ability not to notice dust bunnies. And fortunately, dust doesn't show up very much in photos. :)

Claire said...

LOVE THIS! the bunting is so cool. Thanks for the tute

Anonymous said...

I love the 1950's looking star burst pattern! My mind is spinning with ideas. THANKS!

Anonymous said...

hey i need to decorate a cup made of plastic. Any ideas?

Anonymous said...

Love this! Very clever!

Anonymous said...

My sister and daughters are paintng bottles but I can't wait to share your idea with them. Love the retro star also. Gamma C

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