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When it comes to updating my home I love projects that marry rustic + modern. As someone who’s busy and doesn’t have much experience with interior design, finding time and inspiration can be quite the challenge. I love thrifting and have a bohemian style but I often struggle to bring it all together. To top it all off – I have serious commitment issues when it comes to doing anything permanent. I love color, but choose to add it in small pops here and there because I tend to get tired of the same color pretty quickly. All those reasons and more are a large part of why I love this washi tape window DIY. It gives a rustic old window new life by adding modern washi tape in a fun and unique pattern. Not only does it create interest for any space, it’s mobility makes it the perfect option for commitment-phobes (or renters) like myself.
This DIY decor project is one of my favorites because it is simple and only requires a couple of supplies. I happened to have several old windows that I found on a curb just sitting in my garage for months waiting to be used. Rather than head to the store to complete this project I got to thinking….why not washi tape?
DIY WASHI TAPE STAINED GLASS WINDOW
- 1 Old Window
- 3-4 Rolls of Washi Tape
- Glass Cleaner
- Paper towels
- Rope or Chain (optional)
At a local store closing I scored a handful of Scotch Expressions Washi Tape and really stocked up. Washi tape is so fun because of all the various designs and applications. Plus it can be used to quickly add a removable design element to many different things. For people with commitment issues such as myself – this is really ideal. Or maybe you’re a renter looking to make the space feel more like your own, in which case this is a fantastic option. I particularly enjoy this Brit + Co guide to using Washi Tape to revamp your furniture for some stylish examples.
Perfect for this project I have a roll that looks a bit like stained glass. I also love the fun added details of the bike design. Gives this project a lighthearted, yet modern feel.
To begin this project you’ll want to prep your glass window with a good cleaning. Once the glass is dry you can start organically lining the glass with various designs of the tape. I really did not have a planned design before I started this project and I encourage you to do the same. It adds to the surprise of the finished window.
The tape was very easy to tear and glided onto the glass perfectly. If you prefer to measure strips of tape and cut them in advance, that is an option as well. I was slightly concerned about the edges of the tape possibly rolling up, but I have had the finished window on display in my sunroom for the last year and have had zero issues with the tape rolling, so I think this worked well.
If you’re more of a planner than myself you can easily use a sheet of paper cut to the size of the window pane and create some practice designs. I was feeling adventurous when I started to freehand it, but I understand if you would prefer to have more control over the outcome!
The moment of truth was when you hold the window up to the light. I was so surprised with how pretty it turned out! The sunlight brought the Washi Tape designs to life in a way I never could have anticipated. Visitors to my home frequently compliment on how much they love the use of an old window for this project, which is definitely an added bonus!
While I love the mobility of this project to any space in my home, you can easily make it a more permanent fixture. Simply add some rope or chain to the edge of the window and you can easily hang it to create a fixed statement piece. For a couple of dollars and about 30 minutes of your time I truly think you’ll be just tickled with how this beautiful DIY Decor turned out!