It’s probably no secret that we love washi tape here at ABM. We use it in projects all the time (like here and here). We’re working with our longtime supporters Chronicle Books on this post, who sent us a copy of Fun with Washi!
The book is filled with washi ideas we hadn’t thought of, and it inspired us to make our own version of their pixelated washi heart, but we decided to do the heart as a wall decal on a much larger scale. Since the washi can be removed whenever you like, this is also a great decor idea for renters and dorm rooms.
–2″ wide washi tape
–1/4″ washi tape
–cutting mat, metal ruler and X-Acto knife
First, you’ll want to use the 1/4″ tape to make a horizontal grid of lines that are far enough apart to fit your wide washi tape between them.
Make as many lines as you need to achieve the height that you want (mine is about 40″ tall). You’ll notice that I made the lines shorter towards the bottom and top so I wouldn’t waste any thin tape in places where I wouldn’t be putting any squares.
Next, I added some vertical lines to the grid to keep all the hearts in line vertically as well. I marked every other square so I only had to use half the tape, and each space fits two squares with a 1/4″ space between them.
To cut a lot of squares at once, use a large cutting mat and lay several strips of tape back to back horizontally on the mat. Make sure you can see the measurement lines on the top and bottom edge of the mat. Use your X-Acto knife and ruler to cut vertical lines every 2″. (I cut down every 2″ because that’s how wide my tape was, but if your tape is different, then cut your lines using whatever measurement that tape is). You should be able to peel off each square if you just lift a corner with the X-Acto knife.
All I had to do from that point on was fill in the heart starting with one square at the bottom middle position. Once the shape was as wide as I wanted it, I went straight up, made the little “humps”, and back down in at the center. If you want to make this exact shape, you can always just count how many are in each row and go from there. Once your squares are attached to the wall, just pull off the thin tape and stand back to admire your results.
It’s just too cute if you ask me! Make sure to choose a good brand of washi (like the one I linked in the supplies) so you don’t have to worry about doing all that work just to have it fall right off the wall. Of course, if you ever move, get sick of it, or have a change of “heart”, just peel it off, and you should be good to move on to your next idea! xo. Laura
I looooooooooove this heart so much and think it would look super cute in a child’s room.
Hi Megan! It’s from Joybird 🙂 -Jacki
Hi Elizabeth! It’s from Joybird 🙂 -Jacki
Hi Reggie! The pillows are DIY: https://abeautifulmess.com/2014/05/geometric-wool-felt-pillows.html 🙂 -Jacki
I need more details about the couch! Can’t stop thinking about it and waiting for office post! Hurry hurry 🙂
I love how you decorated the room! It is gorgeous
Washi tapes have very adorable designs. I love how you used everyday washi tape to make a beautiful heart that lights up the living room.
I love this! It’s so simple, yet such a big impact! And cheap! That’s my very favourite part!
Adorable! It makes the room! I love the pillows and the white fuzzy throw… will you share where you got them? Thanks!!
Adorable. It makes the room! I love the pillows and white fuzzy throw… will you share where those are from? Thanks!
AH! I adore this in so many ways. (Also, for a second I was like “How did the ABM bathroom floor end up on the wall?!” haha)
such a gorgeous project 🙂
This is too cute. I might do some variations of this in my kid’s rooms… BTW, love the color of that couch!
Such a cool product!
Love this! Can’t wait to try!
Simple and beautiful. I’m super excited about finding out about this stuff just in time for planning my dorm room. Thanks!
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