diy: Washi Tape Wooden Bracelets


DIY: Washi Tape Wooden Bracelets #washitape #diy #bracelet


V and I made colorful matching mama & kiddo bracelets OUT OF POPSICLE STICKS!  What’s that you say – popsicle sticks?!  Oh yeah!  I saw these beautiful colorful bracelets created with markers here.  And I thought…hmmm washi tape!  Granted these take a couple of days to make, but once the sticks are formed all that’s left is decorating them – oh and wearing them of course :)  A simple and easy craft for some mama-kiddo bonding time!



  • Start off by soaking the popsicle sticks in water, immersed fully, for at least TWO DAYS, until they are pliable enough to mold.  I added a ceramic plate on top to keep them down, because they will float to the top.
  • After a couple of days soaking, pull them out of the water and begin carefully molding them into a bracelet shape.  You may want to do this process fast, but don’t.  Bend them slowly, because they will break – I broke THREE!
  • Place the molded sticks in your mug (one that is the right width to fit your wrist).
  • Next, is more waiting.  One day is sufficient drying time if the mug is placed in the sun, otherwise it must dry for two days to mold fully.



  • Now, the FUN part – decorating your bracelets!
  • Wrap the washi tape around the bracelet using approximately two inch strips to go all the way around, leaving room at the end.
  • What helped V a lot was ripping off several strips of washi tape at a time, and placing them on the table for her to add to her bracelet in the order she wanted.
  • While V worked on her two bracelets, I made two bracelets of my own :)



  • Once finished wrapping, cut off one long strip covering up and enclosing the loose closures on the inner band, making a seamless inside.
  • Using your awl, pierce holes into both ends, it’s okay that it cracks, this makes it easier to pull the cord through.
  • Pull the cord through the slot and make a knot on the outside securing the cord.



And there you have it, some pretty little DIY mama & kiddo bracelets!

DIY: Washi Tape Wooden Bracelets #washitape #diy #bracelet

DIY: Washi Tape Wooden Bracelets #washitape #diy #bracelet

DIY: Washi Tape Wooden Bracelets #washitape #diy #bracelet

DIY: Washi Tape Wooden Bracelets #washitape #diy #bracelet

DIY: Washi Tape Wooden Bracelets #washitape #diy #bracelet

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  1. I love the look of these. This might be a silly question but what is Washi tape? I’m in the uk. Maybe I know it by another name?

  2. What’s the difference between patriotic washi type wooden bracelet and washi type wooden bracket ?

  3. We used boiling water, and it only needed a few hours to work. We had to keep refreshing the water to keep it hot.

  4. Cool idea! I tried to put color the water to see if it could change the popsicle stick’s color. Still waiting for results.

  5. Hi, love this idea ~ think I’ll try it in our summer camp. To clarify, it looks as though one side where the string goes has a slit in it. Or do you make a hole on each end to tie the knot. Thank you !

    • Hi Kat! I made a hole in each end for the string to slit through. You could also use a dremel or smaller drill & just drill a hole that way – someone also suggested making the hole while it was wet & it might not crack. I kinda liked the crack because it made it easier for my little one to thread it through :) Good luck & have a fun summer camp!! xx

      • Love this idea too. I think this could be a really different and easy Mother’s Day project for my first graders. One more question, the pics look as though you have to slide the bracelets over your hand or do you keep slipping the knot out of the crack in thebracelet to get it on and off?

      • Either way would work Sharon! They easily slide on & off without removing the knot :) xx

  6. These bracelets are so pretty, I’ve seen them all over the place but I had no idea they were yours!! Your did such an amazing job on them. And the pictures are fantastic!

  7. Love this project! Just wanted to let you know that I featured a photo of your bracelets in my weekly round-up. It’s clearly attributed to you and linked back with photo and text links. Happy Sunday!

  8. When you said to let them soak for a couple of days, did you literally mean 2 days? We did 2 and then totally don’t feel like they’ll bend without snapping.

  9. Maria Alicia Valdez says:

    Your bracelets are beautiful.

  10. Rosieragscrafts says:

    Hi, love this idea. Was it difficult to pierce the wooden sticks when they were dry – did they crack? Just wondered if you’d tried piercing them when they were wet and if this worked?

    • I didn’t try piercing them wet first – I’ll have to try that next time :) I was actually kinda bummed that they cracked at first but then it provided the perfect little entry for the string for my daughter & it ended up being a perfect mistake! :) xx

  11. You Blog is so cute! There are a lot of great ideas about crafting!
    I cited this project here:

    Thank you for sharing your ideas!


  12. Hi there!

    Where did you get your washi tapes? I like the one w pink Sakura flowers featured in your bracelet!

  13. there are so so pretty! I put a link to your blog on mine for 8 DIY bracelet projects!!!

  14. I love what you make! it’s very beautiful!

  15. Hi Mama Miss – love your bracelets, so much fun for the kiddos! – updated my blog post to include your link. Thanks for visiting me! ~Karen

  16. Thank you for creating and sharing your gorgeous washi tape craft! Your craft was featured on my site this morning as part of my 10 Easy and Awesome Washi Tape Crafts round-up.

    Enjoy your summer!


  17. I love this idea! I featured this today in my “What I Bookmarked this Week” post – stop by and see!

  18. Good Day mama♥miss
    Nice work above on the bracelets. Please take minute and see our new wood craft of
    http:// http://www.Craft Stick and http:// We are the first to have a web site all about bending popsicle sticks and making craft stick crafts. Thanks Brad

  19. The look great! Quick question- do you think you could prevent the cracking by drilling holes in them first before soaking?

    • hmmm I don’t know Leslie – but you could always try! For me, it provided the slot to insert the string & it holds it pretty well so I was satisfied :)

  20. I love this project! I love that you did it with your kids too! I would love it if you would come and link this up at my link party
    Dandelion Wishes Wednesday. I’m also pinning this :)

  21. Sooo cute Melissa! I’d love to feature these on The Washi Blog! Pop by if you’re interested!

  22. I absolutely LOVE these, Melissa! I have to get some of this Washi tape! I’m seeing it all over Pinterest. I think this is one of the coolest things I’ve seen it used for yet.

  23. this is a great idea for mother-daughter bonding . :)


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