Fun and Festive Holiday Decorations with Washi Tape

Pressed for time? Grab some rolls of washi tape for the easiest decorations ever. 

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Family (And Friends) Tree

Alexandra Grablewski 

Family (And Friends) Tree

Here's a no-fuss way to display all the holiday cards that arrive in your mailbox each day. And don't worry: Washi tape pulls right off the wall without damaging the paint.

What to do
Use a pencil and yardstick to mark the three points of a large triangle (ours measures 5 x 31⁄4 feet). Apply 3⁄4-inch-wide washi tape, as desired, to create the tree outline, and add a trunk that's centered at the bottom. Use removable mounting squares to hang the cards and a sparkly pom-pom on top. 

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Modern Menorah

Alexandra Grablewski 

Modern Menorah

This project lets your little ones "light" the Hanukkah candles without matches or flames.

What to do
To make the menorah, apply strips of 3⁄4-inch-wide washi tape above the edge of a side table, as shown (our candles are about 7 inches tall; the center one is an inch taller), or dream up your own menorah design. To light it, simply add a bit of yellow tape on each evening of Hanukkah, starting with the center candle, called the shamash

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Festive Wreaths

Alexandra Grablewski 

Festive Wreaths

Made from clothespins, these graphic rings are terrific for kids and parents to do together. The best part: You can hang them up and admire them for years to come.

What to do
Start with wooden clothespins (we used white ones from Amazon.com). Apply strips of washi or other patterned tape to one side of each pin (smooth it right over the groove that holds the metal spring). Trim the edges of the tape with small scissors. Discard the outer rings from embroidery hoops (we used a few sizes, ranging from 4 to 7 inches) and clip on the clothespins. Hang the wreaths with nylon thread or ribbon.