Organizing With Washi Tape

The herb drying rack I made a while ago is working out great for us!

The only problem is we have so many herbs I can’t keep track of them! I pruned a bunch of herbs a few weekends ago, and then I got busy with a bunch of other things, so they just sat pinned to the drying rack. When I finally remembered to get them down this weekend I couldn’t tell which ones were which anymore!

It’s easy enough to tell them apart when I first pin them up on the rack. My previous system had just been to remember which ones were where on the rack. But clearly I’m too easily distracted 🙂 I eventually figured it out by crushing them up a bit and smelling them, but I figured there has to be an easier way…

So I decided to use some of my washi tape to help me organize them better!

Organize With Washi Tape Clothespins

It was a really simple project. I took 6 different colors of washi tape, cut them down to size, and stuck them onto my mini clothespins.

Organize With Washi Tape Clothespins

In case any of you noticed, the other purple dot ones were already on the rack holding some catnip, thus their absence from the picture. 🙂

Then I took a tiny piece of tape from each of the six rolls and stuck it onto the flower pots the herbs are growing in. This way, not only do I have a way to separate and organize my herbs as they are drying, but I can also remember which one is which once they’re dry and shriveled by matching the clothespins to the pots!

Washi Tape Pots

Plus the washi tape gives a fun pop of color to the herb drying rack. I love it!

Organize With Washi Tape Clothespins: Herb Drying Rack

Have you ever used washi tape for color-coding? What other fun things could I do with my washi tape? I have a whole bunch extra now!


Jessi Wohlwend

I believe that anyone can do crafts and DIY projects, regardless of skill or experience. I love sharing simple craft ideas, step by step DIY project tutorials, cleaning hacks, and other tips and tricks all with one goal in mind: giving you the tools you need to “do it yourself”, complete fun projects, and make awesome things!

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  1. K @ Claiming Our Space says

    12 years ago

    What a great idea! I so need to get some washi tape. Thanks for sharing on Tout It Tuesday. Hope to see you again for tomorrow’s party.

  2. Evelyn says

    12 years ago

    I love being organized. I have yet to buy some of that washi tape. Everyone is doing everything with it:) Great idea! Thanks for sharing at Freedom Fridays.

  3. Betsy @ Romance on a Dime says

    12 years ago

    Very cute! I love this color coding by washi tape!! I’m pinning this. Thanks for sharing this at Romance on a dime.

  4. Donna Wilkes says

    12 years ago

    I love washi tape and have rolls of it. Came over from DIY where I posted a storage solution for all my rolls. I use it in art projects and on cards, but never thought of using it as a color coding system! I think this idea will work coding my craft materials. Thanks for the idea. MT brand (I buy from Pretty Tape on Etsy) is probably the best. It is removable without leaving any sticky residue, but expensive. I use the cheaper Target tape for things like this.

    • Jessi says

      12 years ago

      Thanks for the info Donna!

  5. Lynne says

    12 years ago

    GENIUS! As someone over 50, let me tell you, the memory is not what it once was. If I do say so myself, it used to be extremely good, and it is SO frustrating to me now that it is not. I love this idea, as it serves the same purpose that labeling the board with words would, but is so much cuter! Also, I could still fool myself (and others!) into thinking that I don’t need lists. HA!

  6. Katie says

    12 years ago

    How clever! I love it. I do that all the time, just assume I’ll remember what something is a month later. Oops.

    I’ve never heard of washi tape, but it’s super cute!

    • Jessi says

      12 years ago

      It’s some sort of Japanese paper tape, like a really thin masking tape, but it comes in all these fun colors and patterns 🙂

  7. Kendra@ A Proverbs 31 Wife says

    12 years ago

    I really need to get into the whole washi tape thing! Really! I don’t have any and as a crafter I’m starting to think it may be a necessity!

    • Jessi says

      12 years ago

      I totally get that! I didn’t have any for the longest time, and then we happened to be at Target so I bought a bunch “just in case”. This is actually the first project I’ve used it for!

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