temporary stripes (tutorial)

This is such an odd project. I’ll just tell you that from the start.

It’s a bit weird, but super cute.


I have these white pitchers (old from IKEA) holding cooking utensils on our kitchen island and I’ve been wanting for forever to paint stripes on them. It has just never happened. When I was taking photos for our summer house tour, the pitchers were plain white and I wanted them striped for the photos. With not enough time or the correct porcelain paint to do it right then, I went with option two: temporary stripes.

Now the easiest thing would have been black electrical tape, but we didn’t have any, so I scrounged through my craft supplies and found a lightly patterned washi tape that seemed like it would work. Here’s how it happened:

SUPPLIES // white pitcher (like this) . washi tape . black permanent marker


STEP ONE // wrap pitcher with strips of tape.

You can measure in between stripes, or just eye it. Depending on the shape of your pitcher, the tape will have a few wrinkles as you press it down. Don’t worry about them, they will not really be noticeable when you’re finished.


Here is mine with just the washi tape. It would be fine like this, or you could use any other cute pattern of tape (here is my favorite source for washi tape), but I really wanted mine to just be black and white.

STEP TWO // make those stripes solid

I colored right over the tape with a thick permanent marker.


And now the stripes are just right.

It’s doubtful I will ever grow tired of classic black and white stripes, but the nice part is, the stripes are temporary. Just remove the tape and you’re back to a basic white pitcher.

See? I told you. Weird. But super cute.

13 Responses to temporary stripes (tutorial)

  1. Margitta June 12, 2014 at 11:14 am #

    I totally did this some month ago… still my favorite vases around the house – but I did use electrical tape :) http://www.margitta.no/2014/01/nar-julen-er-pakket-ned-og-stuen-sitter.html

  2. Liz || Shopping My Closet June 11, 2014 at 10:13 pm #

    How did I not think of this before?

    Liz @ http://www.shoppingmycloset.com

  3. Anita June 11, 2014 at 1:24 pm #

    Have you seen the project where you take a Sharpie Marker and draw a design on pottery, like your pitcher and then bake it for 2 hours at 200 degrees and it will set the ink to permanent on the object? I’ve not tried the method myself but have heard great things about it.

    Just a thought if you wanted to make those lines permanent without having to purchase the paint :)

  4. Eileen June 11, 2014 at 11:52 am #

    such a super cute idea! you are right that electrical tape does work better than washi tape (especially if whatever you are taping is not perfectly cylindrical. Because Electrical tape stretches, it doesn’t wrinkle like washi tape. Also, retailers that specialize in Field Hockey and Lacrosse supplies will have “stick tape” in a million colors (like neon or pastels… which home improvement stores don’t carry… can’t imagine why?)
    *side note* if your permanent marker bleeds through the tape, rubbing alcohol will take it off ;)

  5. Shelley | Crazy Wonderful June 11, 2014 at 11:25 am #

    Not at all weird! I totally did the same thing with black washi tape and white taper candles a few months ago. I wanted to see if I would like the look of the striped candles before buying the cute (but pricey) ones we keep seeing around. Not only did I love the look, but decided to keep my taped imitations up instead of buying the real deal ;)

    • emily June 11, 2014 at 11:30 am #

      That’s a great idea! I have some of those spendy black/white stripe candles and I can’t bear to use them :)

  6. Nancy June 11, 2014 at 11:19 am #

    Maybe it’s just me, but every time I use electrical tape for anything, and then try to remove it, I totally regret I have electrical tape. It leaves a nearly impossible-to-remove sticky residue. I think it was providential that you had the washi tape available. :) Of course, I have no experience removing washi tape. Maybe I’d regret that too.

    • emily June 11, 2014 at 11:29 am #

      Oh, you’re right!! That has happened to me with electrical tape and I totally forgot. Washi tape it is! And, yes, it removes very easily with no stickiness.

  7. Happy Homemaker UK June 11, 2014 at 11:11 am #

    Hi Emily! This reminds me of ceramics famous from Cornwall, England. Typically theirs is blue and white striped, but very similar. Check it out: http://www.tggreen.co.uk I have no association with the website but thought you might want to take a peek. Such a classic around England! Yours looks great :) xoL

    • emily June 11, 2014 at 11:29 am #

      They are lovely! Thank you for sharing the link!

  8. Venessa June 11, 2014 at 11:10 am #

    Such a genius idea! Thank you for sharing.

  9. Liz June 11, 2014 at 10:53 am #

    I saw those pitchers in the home tour pictures and thought to myself, “I need some of those.” Who knew I could have them in a jiffy! Thanks!

  10. kimberly oyler June 11, 2014 at 9:37 am #

    you’re a genius.

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