Do you use washi tape? This thin paper tape (sort of like painter’s tape, but a thousand times better) comes in a vast variety of colors and patterns. It’s easy to remove from most surfaces, so you can safely use it on just about anything. Find washi tape at craft stores, in bargain bins, and, of course, on Amazon. Teachers love using this stuff in their classrooms, and we’ve rounded up all their best washi tape ideas. Get ready to be inspired!
1. Put together a washi tape wall calendar
Make a wall calendar anywhere with washi tape and sticky notes. This is such a clever way to make use of those hard-to-conquer cement walls.
Learn more: Woo! Kids Activities
2. Customize pencils (and a pencil cup)
A strip of washi tape wrapped around a pencil makes it special in an instant! Tip: Add a layer of Mod Podge to give the tape a more durable finish.
Learn more: Happiness is Homemade
3. Beautify a notebook cover
Composition book covers have their own special charm, of course, but how cool is this colorful customized version?
Learn more: Simply Kelly Designs
4. Trace pre-writing lines
Give little ones practice with patterns and fine motor skills by taping out some lines for them to trace or cover.
Learn more: Play and Learn Activities/Instagram
5. Color-code your classroom library
This is one of the more brilliant washi tape ideas we’ve seen. If your classroom library is divided by subject, add strips of color-coded tape to make it easier to re-shelve the books.
Learn more: Runde’s Room
6. Add words to your washi tape
Here’s a game-changer! Add words to your washi tape by pressing it down on ink-jet printed pages. Imagine what you can do with these!
Learn more: A Girl and a Glue Gun
7. Spice up your planner
Teacher planners are sacred, and everyone has their own best way to organize. Try using washi tape to easily distinguish meetings, personal appointments, days off, and more.
Learn more: Southern Culture
8. Craft a washi tape snake
Kids love washi tape ideas too! This fun little snake is a toy they’ll play with again and again, and the color and pattern possibilities are endless.
Learn more: Brassy Apple
9. Put writing lines on the whiteboard
If you teach handwriting, you’re going to love this washi tape idea. Use it to make lines on your whiteboard, plus try adding lines to the small whiteboards your students use too.
Learn more: Bored Teachers
10. Brighten your clipboards
Pick up inexpensive (but boring) clipboards at the dollar store, then give them a glamorous makeover with washi tape! (You can probably find some washi tape at the dollar store too, by the way.)
Learn more: Simply Sweet Home
11. Organize cords and plugs
Got a jumble of cords? Add washi tape flags to the ends and a coordinating strip of tape to the items they’re connected to. So easy and so helpful!
Learn more: Landeelu
12. Dress up your Duplo blocks
This is one of those washi tape ideas that we’re dying to try: wrap strips around Duplo blocks. It makes building more fun, plus kids can work on matching blocks and making patterns too.
Learn more: No Time for Flash Cards
13. Make a number line from washi tape
Find some washi tape with a large repeating pattern (hearts, dots, etc.) and use it to make a number line on a whiteboard. So much more fun than a plain number line!
Learn more: Adventures and Play
14. Control the Chromebook chaos
If your class uses tablets or Chromebooks, you need a good way to organize them and their chargers. Washi tape to the rescue!
Learn more: A Primary Kind of Life/Instagram
15. Cover a keyboard
You can do this just for fun, of course, but it’s also a clever way to help kids who are learning touch typing.
Learn more: Our Earley Life
16. Craft cereal box organizers
Can you believe these used to be cereal boxes? Really! That’s the magic of washi tape.
Learn more: One Good Thing
17. Give your binder clips some zing
Need a last minute teacher gift, or just want to pep up your supplies? This is the answer.
18. Design a race car track
What kid wouldn’t want to play with this? The great thing is that washi tape peels up easily with no residue, so you don’t need to worry about damaging floors or paint.
Learn more: Le Jardin de Juliette
19. Turn pens into flowers
Flower pens and pencils are a smart way to keep kids from accidentally walking off with your supplies. Washi tape is the perfect way to attach the stems.
Learn more: Vicky Barone
20. Make it easier to tell your keys apart
If you’re like most teachers, you’ve got a ring full of keys to doors, cabinets, and more. Add a small piece of colorful tape to each to make it easier to remember which one is which.
Learn more: I Read, You Read … We Read!
21. Create clothespin clip magnets
You’ll find a ton of uses for these around the classroom. Don’t be surprised if fellow teachers try to steal them!
Learn more: The Pin Junkie
22. Give your laptop a makeover
Tired of your boring laptop? Dress it up with washi tape! What a fun way to show off your teacher personality.
Learn more: Willow Tree Projects
23. Transform paperclips into bookmarks
These little paperclip flags make great bookmarks. They’re also a nice way for kids to mark important passages.
Learn more: Doodlebug Designs, Inc.
24. Embellish the filing cabinets
Transform boring filing cabinets with a few strips of washi tape. It’s amazing what a difference it makes!
Learn more: GlitterandGlue4K2/Instagram
25. Mark off table zones
Give kids their own space at tables by using washi tape to mark off divisions. Try using themed tape and switching it out with the seasons!
Learn more: Growing Firsties
Ready to take your crafting to the next level? Here are 50+ Reasons to Buy That Cricut You’ve Been Coveting.
Plus, 24 Amazing Things You Can Do With Broken Crayons.