33 of the Best Bookish Washi Tape Rolls

I have a washi tape obsession. It’s a real problem. Every time I step into Michael’s, my eyes glaze over at the racks of washi tape. Different colors, tributes to various hobbies, and an endless supply of tiny icons of our favorite things—pizza, raccoons, confetti, typewriters—stop me in my tracks. Inevitably, I tilt my head back to see if the plastic-encased rolls are on sale, because I have to be at least a little responsible. For something that goes so unnoticed, a decorative detail, on mail or planners or whatever else you might use washi tape on, it’s kind of pricey. But oh-so-cute. (And did you know you can get scratch-and-sniff washi tape?)

Despite the cost, I’ve somehow I’ve ended up with a box in my craft drawer dedicated to washi tape. Christmas, stripes, anchors, metallics, cats and more cats, and a number of other washi tape designs sit there until I use them. But I can’t use them, because then they’ll be gone. They have to be used for just the right purposes, or else they’re wasted.

After buying yet another collection of rolls the other day —this one inspirational with floral designs—I thought, why not mix two of my favorite loves: washi tape and books. So, I trotted over to Etsy, as you do, and started hunting.

As it turns out, there are a lot of options when it comes to washi tape for book lovers. From simple stacks of books to charming children’s literature illustrations, there’s something for everybody. Use any of these easy-peel washi tapes on the inside cover of your books to mark it as yours (and maybe even write your name on the tape) or slap on a strip to fancy up a letter to your bestie while proclaiming your book love.

Classiky Old Book 10/15mm Washi Tape Set by pipitzakkastore

Get your vintage on with these elegant tapes.

Classiky Old Book 10 - 15mm Washi Tape Set by piptzakkastore

Books Washi Tape Library Books (183369) by iluvdesign

This washi tape will help you get lost in the stacks.

Books Washi Tape - Library Books (183369) by iluvdesign

Book Washi Tape, 15mm by CallabyCrafts

A classic design for classic communication.

Book Washi Tape 15mm by Callaby Crafts

Bookshelf Washi Tape by WashiTapeAddictClub

Cute and colorful with titles!

Bookshelf Washi Tape by WashiTapeAddictClub

Books Washi Tape by dadastickers

For the days you just want to color-coordinate with blues and yellows.

Books Washi Tape by dadastickers

Book Washi Tape by scandiattic

Get your study on with this adorable paper decór.

Book Washi Tape by scandiattic

Chamil Garden Washi Masking Tape by Kuldlelu

Subtle and charming, this washi tape for book lovers is perfect.

Chamil Garden Washi Masking Tape by Kuldlelu

Book Washi Tape by Foryoubest

When your book love extends to all aspects of your life.

Book Washi Tape by Foryoubest

Book Washi Tape by ThePlannersWorld

Is there anything better than a book and a fresh cup of coffee? Celebrate the quiet moments with this washi tape.

Book Washi Tape by ThePlannersWorld

Custom Book Washi Tape by NightowlWashi

Make it yours with this custom washi tape for book lovers.

Custom Book Washi Tape by NightowlWashi

Book Shelf Japanese Die Cut Washi Tape by SweetSuppliesStore

Check out the gorgeous color scheme on this tape.

Book Shelf Japanese Die Cut Washi Tape by SweetSuppliesStore

Retro Washi Tape by CraftSupprise

Look! It’s the Barnes & Noble colors!

Retro Washi Tape by CraftSupprise

Library Books Washi Tape Set by mycraft2014

Why stop at just one strip? Make a whole bookshelf.

Library Books Washi Tape Set by mycraft2014

Bookworms Books and Script Washi Tape by DaisyGreyPretties

Express your literary love with this books and script set.

Bookworms Books and Script Washi Tape by DaisyGreyPretties

Book Red Foil Washi Tape by fairycakes

Add a little shine with this red foil detail.

Book Red Foil Washi Tape by fairycakes

Shining Glitter Books Washi Tape by Foryoubest

Or, add a lot of shine with glitter tape!

Shining Glitter Books Washi Tape by Fouryoubest

Secret Library Washi Tape Sampler by PaperGameCo

Shhh, it’s a secret!

Secret Library Washi Tape Sampler by PaperGameCo

Washi Tape 121 by blessedbydesign

Save the day with these comic-themed tapes.

Washi Tape 121 by blessedbydesign

Books Stationary Wide Washi Masking Tape by TapesKingdom

Books and pens and—washi tape on washi tape? Meta. I’m in heaven.

Books Stationary Wide Washi Masking Tape by TapesKingdom

Vintage Antique Washi Tape by TheBarjot

Try a subtle nod to books with that old, burnt paper look.

Vintage Antique Washi Tape by TheBarjot

Books Washi Tape by TinyHeartCo

We love the watercolor look.

Books Washi Tape by TinyHeartCo

Fox and Cactus Harry Potter Washi Tape by Fox & Cactus*

Show your house pride with these Harry Potter tapes.

Alice Tea Meeting Washi Tape by DiyStoryCo

Alice in Wonderland? More like Alice-in-Fun-derland, am I right?

Alice Tea Meeting Washi Tape by DiystoryCo

Lost in Neverland Decorative Washi Tape by PaperDelightBoutique

Minimalist Darling family and Peter Pan washi tape is my jam.

Lost in Neverland Decorative Washi Tape by PaperDelightBoutique

Peter Rabbit Masking Tape by craftyjapan

A wonderful and subtle nod to our beloved Peter Rabbit.

Peter Rabbit Masking Tape by craftyjapan

Sherlock Holmes Washi Tape by alicemolds

Get Sher-locked with this themed set of tapes.

Sherlock Holmes Washi Tape by alicemolds

Very Hungry Caterpillar Tape by japanese2please

Become the Pinterest-perfect parent you were born to be with Hungry Caterpillar detail on your kid’s packed lunch note!

Very Hungry Caterpillar Tape by japanese2please

Winnie the Pooh Washi Tape by VVVStudio

There’s no bother when you’ve got Winnie the Pooh washi tape!

Winnie the Pooh Washi Tape by VVVSTudio

Anne of Green Gables Washi Tape by zakkalover

There’s only one word for this Anne set: Cute!

Anne of Green Gables Washi Tape by zakkalover

Wizard of Oz Washi Tape by HelloJapanStore

Build your own washi tape road with this tape.

Wizard of Oz Washi Tape by HelloJapanStore

Little Red Riding Hood Washi Tape by SweetSuppliesStore

Fairy tales need love, too!

Little Red Riding Hood Washi Tape by SweetSuppliesStore

Marvel Comics Washi Masking Paper Tape by CollectingLife

Marvel at these Marvel-themed washi tapes.

Marvel Comics Washi Masking Paper Tape by CollectingLife

Wonder Woman Washi Tape by BarbsCraftSupplies

And, finally, wonder at this Wonder Woman tape.

Wonder Woman Washi Tape by BarbsCraftSupplies


What’s your favorite washi tape for book lovers?

 

*Edited to give proper attribution to Fox & Cactus

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