How to Create a Faux Paneled Door with Washi Tape

Renters take note: You don't have to live with boring doors.

How to Create a Faux Paneled Door with Washi Tape

Anyone who's lived in a modern rental knows the struggle of flat, hollow core doors punctuating your thoughtfully decorated rooms with big white rectangles of boring. But short of replacing those suckers (crazy expensive) or painting them (goodbye, security deposit), there hasn't been an easy way to give them a style upgrade. Enter, one of our favorite DIY tools of all time: washi tape.

"Thanks to washi tape, you can finally give a door in your home some much-needed attention," explains Amy Anderson, author of the adorable and addicting DIY book Washi Tape Crafts: 110 Ways to Decorate Just About Anything. "This embellishment looks especially bright and cheery in a nursery or playroom." If you know us, you already know we're not leaving this one for the kiddos. Keep reading for the simple steps. 


How to Create a Faux Paneled Door with Washi Tape

Measuring tape
Washi tape
Craft knife and self-healing cutting mat


1. Working from the top of the door down to the floor, measure and mark the vertical center of the door.

2. On each side of the center line, refer to the diagram (at right) in order to mark symmetrical rectangles that mimic the panels of a wooden door.

Note: If you are decorating a door that is already paneled, simply outline the panels with washi tape.

3. Cut and place lengths of tape to cover the marked rectangles. Use the craft knife to miter the corners.

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