Washi Tape Nautical Banner Tutorial

Washi tape nautical banners on a blue gift wrapped box with


Having a stockpile of solid wrapping paper is great because with just a few craft supplies, you can give it a really great personalized look.

Know someone who rocks the nautical look? This washi tape pennant banner takes just a few extra minutes and no specialized skills to pull it off.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  1. A wrapped gift
  2. Tape
  3. 4 different kinds of coordinated washi tape (we selected two different golds and two red/white patterns)
  4. Gold baker’s twine
  5. Scissors
Supplies you'll need: wrapped gift, tape, coordinated washi tape, baker's twine, scissors

First, we add the twine to the gift box. Starting from the back of the gift, tape the bakers twine onto the package, moving from high to low areas of the gift. (Pro tip: Leave extra length of twine sticking out from underneath the tape. You can pull it tight after you’ve attached your banners and cut off the excess when you’re done.)

Step 1 illustrated with hands adding the twine to the blue gift box
Step 2 illustrated with hands taping the bakers twine onto the package, moving from high to low areas of the gift

Repeat in the opposite direction, moving from low to high on the gift and then a third strip of twine across the middle.

Step 3 illustrated with hands cutting the extra twine

Cut strips of washi tape and attach them to the package, sliding them through the bakers twine and press them together, but don’t press them firmly to the twine just yet — leave some room to slide them around and adjust as you add additional banners.

Step 4 illustrated with hands making strips of washi tape
Step 5 illustrated with hands attaching strips of washi tape to the package

If you have at least 4 different types of washi tape (that seems to be the magic number to make this project look good!), move through each type of washi tape and create 1-2 banners of each before you move on to the next type of tape. We used a solid sparkle tape and pressed them together to make one double-width flag.

Tighten up the strings on the back of the package, adding additional tape as you deem necessary.

Step 6 illustrated with hands securing the strings on the back of the package

You then slide each pennant to where you want them on the twine and press them to their final position.

Step 7 illustrated with hands placing pennants on the twine

Then trim the bottoms — some flat, some cut into inverted V’s, some at a point, and some at an angle — the variety looks great!

Step 8 illustrated with hands trimming the bottoms in different shapes
Step 8 illustrated with hands trimming the bottoms in a

And there you have it — a cool nautical flag look that really stands out for a birthday, baby shower, or other special occasion!

You did it!

Still need some extra help? Watch our full video tutorial below:

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