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.
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
Credits // Author: Laura Gummerman, Photography: Laura Gummerman and Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Actions.