Decorating With Packing Tape

Altered Box

Decorating With Packing Tape

Are you looking for a versatile crafting product you can use to decorate just about anything? If so, give Decorative Packing Tape a try!

Decorative Packing Tape is like Washi Tape on steroids!

  • It’s  inexpensive – a little goes a long way!
  • It doesn’t require any special skills or fancy tools to use!
  • It enables you to cover larger surfaces than Washi Tape.
  • It allows you to decorate many normal-sized items per roll!
  • It’s fun to play with!

The only tool you really need for working with Decorative Packing Tape is a sharp pair of scissors and you’re good to go!

Today I wanted to share the pretty Altered Box I made using one of the free Decorative Packing Tapes I received from WholePort. To see how versatile these Decorative Packing Tapes are, take a peek at the Earth Day Card I created using a different Decorative Packing Tape!

The following Tutorial shows how easy it is to work with these Decorative Packing Tapes. I hope it inspires you to create something beautiful using your own products!

Altered Box Tutorial

1. Gather your project supplies. For this project, I used the Decorative Packing Tape I received from Wholeport as well as an unaltered box, flowers, distressing inks and embellishments from my personal crafting stash.

Altered Box Supplies

2a. Cover the box with Packing Tape.

Cover the box

2b. Cover the box in layers, overlapping pattern wherever possible to create a smooth line.

Cover in layers

2c. Trim any excess tape as you go.

Trim as you go

3. Distress the edges with color-coordinated ink.

4. Add your embellishments. I included some pretty color-coordinated flowers and a fabric-covered brad!

Altered Box - Top and Bottom

You can decorate the inside of the box if you like, or leave it bare, depending on how you intend to use it.

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  1. Juliet Wong
    Twitter: _BeauBijou

    WOW! I think I wanna try this! Such a need idea! New bloglovin follower from GS blog hop. Looking forward to your posts- Hope you follow back!

  2. Really clever idea 🙂

  3. This is such a clever idea. Thank you for sharing and Thank you for playing with us at Love to Scrap challenge blog.

  4. We don’t get that stuff here, I looked for it after I saw your earth day card… pretty and effective. #30

  5. Pam says:

    That is such a great idea. I’ll keep my eyes open for some tape….never really looked for it before. Happy WOYWW. Pam#23

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Hi Pam,

      Once you know what to look for, you’ll be amazed at what you might find – and where you might find them!
      My first introduction to this item?
      The dollar bins at my local Michaels (where I got some gorgeous rolls awhile back!)

      Have a great day Pam!

  6. Awesome idea. Never thought of using the duck tape to cover things like the box. Another never is I have never heard of WholePort for crafting supplies so I will have to go check them out. Thanks for the links. Hope you have a great week. Vickie #36

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      I never heard of them either until they contacted me – now I see them everywhere!

      I first discovered this type at Michaels awhile back – it was too pretty and too inexpensive to resist!

      It’s a lot of fun to create with and unlike other products, you get SO much on a roll for the little you’re spending, you truly wonder how you are going to use it all up! 🙂

      One of the things I like about it is that you don’t need a separate adhesive for it (I go through SO much adhesive working with paper all of the time!)

      The other thing that is nice about the WholePort tape is that it is relatively low tack – I was able to life and re-align my tape without ripping apart the box underneath before pressing it down for a more permanent stick! 🙂

      Have a great week Vickie! 🙂

  7. Helen says:

    Pretty tape, the box looks fab! Helen, 5

  8. Ria Gall says:

    I love that tape that you have used it has totally changed the box giving a really pretty box
    Thanks for sharing your desk today, Happy WOYWW hope you have a great week
    Ria #42

  9. Jeanne Kupsh says:

    Very pretty!

    Happy Crafting!
    Jeannie #15

  10. Candace says:

    Such pretty boxes you have made

    Thanks for sharing your crafty space and have a great week

    Candace #64

  11. Maisie Moonshine says:

    Nice project, great idea and so pretty too. MMx

  12. Zenita says:

    Great project and I’m going to have to look up that tape.
    Thank you for sharing with us at Love to Create Challenge.
    DT member of Love to Create Challenge

  13. Mian Hahne says:

    What a fab idea and a great use of packaging tape! The box looks really great and it´s perfect as a gift.

    Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us this week at Love to Create.
    Best of luck and we’d love to have you visit again!

    Hugs Mian
    Love to Create Design Team Member

  14. I have a roll of leopard duct tape and you can only imagine the creative trouble I get into with it!!

  15. Sandy Leigh says:

    Just love this!! Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial and the challenge lists. I’m following you on Pinterest now too. So excited! Happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh #96

  16. Lisa S. says:

    Very pretty box and your tip is good to know. Thanks for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday.

  17. Tina says:

    This is SO clever and cute!! Thank you for the tutorial too. Thanks for joining us at Love to Scrap! Challenge Blog
    FYI, just wanted you to know that you have Love to Create#5 for our challenge, it’s linked correctly, but just the wrong blog name.

  18. Elaine says:

    A fabulous idea. A great tutorial and so simple. A pretty design too. Thanks for joining Top Tip Tuesday. Elaine

  19. Anne Fenton

    Wow this is a fabulous ideal….love the altered box…thanks for sharing with TTCRD this week.

  20. sara j says:

    The packing tape out now is so much fun! Love your boxes.
    Sara j #17

  21. Connie Hall says:

    Very Creative. Thanks for playing at Love To Scrap.

  22. janet says:

    Hi joy
    the packaging tape looks really interesting but is it something you only get in the us. we have a lot of washi tape but as you said it is quite expensive
    janet #31

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Hi Janet,

      Actually, the packing tape that I featured is available online and is quite INEXPENSIVE – check it out!
      I believe 2 rolls are $3.49 USD but you would have to check the site to verify as I received mine free.
      I don’t know about the availability of Washi tape and/or decorative packing tape locally in the UK but I know both are available online for a wide range of prices and here in the US, I’ve found both cheaply as well!

      Best of luck in your search (which, of course, is part of the fun!)

      P.S. By the way, be sure to check out the end of the post where it mentions how you can get FREE supplies from Wholeport!

      I’m NOT an affiliate for WholePort and I’m NOT required to pass this information along, but am doing so since it can be a great way to pick up or try new supplies – particularly for those of you who live in places where supplies are hard to come by! 🙂

  23. sherrie says:

    Wow, I love this idea! TFS!
    Thanks so much for joining us in the challenge at My Craft Spot!
    Sherrie K

  24. Penny says:

    What a great idea and lovely box! Thank you for sharing your tutorial and design with us at TTCRD. Hope to see you again soon! :^)
    Hugs, Penny

  25. Adrian says:

    Pretty Mother’s day project, thanks for playing @ CTO!

  26. Cindy says:

    Great tutorial and love the little box :D!

    Thank you so much for sharing with us at Make it Monday!

  27. leslie
    Twitter: lflambert

    What a creative idea…thanks for sharing! This would be perfect to link-up to my new series – “Create It Thursday.” It’s live now!

  28. kymi a says:

    WoW! Packing tape can create something so beautiful! Great job and with Mother’s day coming this would make a fabulous & cherished gift box for Big Mama’s earrings we got her. Thank you for sharing a great craft idea.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      It’s really amazing what you can do with one roll of pretty tape!
      Have a fabulous Mother’s Day Kymi – we need to catch up soon! 🙂

  29. Lesia says:

    Who knew that a roll of tape could do so much. Beautiful project. Thanks for stopping by Mema’s Crafts and sharing your talent. We hope you will visit often and good luck in the challenge.

  30. Sande Sivani says:

    Very clever idea!! Will check out Wholeport. Thanks for sharing a very creative project.

  31. Donna Ellis says:

    Joy, a fabulous project. I was not even aware that packing tape came in such pretty designs! Wonderful idea. Love the way the flower contains the same colors as your project. Really pretty. hugs, Donna

  32. Wow! Fantastic box! I’m visiting from MIM.

  33. Elaine says:

    Wow this is gorgeous, I love it! Thank you so much for joining my All Crafts Challenge-I really hope youll join my relaunch challenge and blog hop next month with some fabby sponsors! 🙂 Elaine -xxx-

  34. Kathy Curry says:

    Great idea, that packing tape decorated the box beautifully. Love the design and pretty flowers. Gorgeous creation! Thanks for joining us at the Corrosive challenge.

  35. This is a great use for the packing tape. It turns a plain box into a lovely gift. Your tutorial was also very helpful. Thanks for joining our Floral Delights challenge at Craft Your Passion. I hope we see you again soon.

  36. Janine says:

    What a great idea. Thanks for sharing it with us at Anything Goes.
    Hugs, Janine xx

  37. Lisbeth says:

    Great idea! And a beautiful box. Thanks for sharing it with us at Ooh La La. Hugs from Lisbeth

  38. @mfashforward
    Twitter: mfashforward

    would love for you to share this at my linkup where we pin all those who join

  39. Monica
    Twitter: MonicaPruett

    Adorable! What a cute idea. 🙂 Thanks for sharing at Family Fun Friday!

  40. Adina says:

    Absolutely lovely! Thanks for joining us at CYP this week!

  41. Anna says:

    Fabulous box, love this pattern: blue checkers with pink roses, it reminds me old times. Thank you for joining us at the Celebrate the Occasion challenge and hope to see you back again.
    Anna xxx

  42. Vanessa says:

    What a great idea! I have seen packing tape like that at the store, I’ve never thought to use it in place of washi tape!! Awesome!

    Thanks for linking up to our Make Bake Create party! Please come back again!

  43. Lucianna says:

    What a great idea and you would have no idea it is packing tape, so lovely! Thank you for sharing your creation with us @ CTO for our “Mother’s Day” challenge 🙂

  44. Alicia
    Twitter: alleychook

    the box looks great. I haven’t seen decorated tape like this. It’s gorgeous, I would be looking for things to use it on it would be ridiculous lol

  45. Bettina says:

    This is a fabolous project and I love your amazing tip as well. Thanks for playing at Top Tip Tuesday and good luck. Hope to see you back tuesday for another challenge. Bettina DT Member at Top Tip Tuesday xx

  46. Kate says:

    What a super project! I’ve never created anything with packing tape… and I’ve never seen such pretty packing tape either! What a wonderful idea for a gift!

    Thanks so much for playing along with us at My Craft Spot!

    Small Bits of Paper

  47. ~DEANNE~ says:

    So pretty!!! Thanks for participating in our PILE IT ON challenge!! Hope to see you again next week!

    A Little Bit O’ Paper

  48. ~DEANNE~ says:

    …and thanks for participating in our LOVE TO CREATE challenge!! Hope to see you again next week!


  49. Alica says:

    great use of packing tape – never seen one so pretty!
    Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

    Hugs, Alica 😉

  50. Diana Rambles
    Twitter: FreeStyleMama


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