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Washi Storage Ideas and Review

by Brandy Burke

I started with two rolls of washi – one of those two packs you get at Hobby Lobby or Michaels for under $4. I figured two rolls would give me a couple of options and be all that I need. The next trip to the craft store, I grabbed another two pack only because they were on sale. I didn’t even use them in my planner at first – I couldn’t figure out how to make it look right. Fast forward a bit and I now have more rolls than anyone needs (though I’m sure there are thousands with a much larger collection).

Through this time, it became necessary to find the best washi storage for my ever growing collection. This means, I’ve tried a lot of different options and have takeaways from all of them that I’d like to share with you. If you want to see what I use now in full span, it will be important to check the video before reading the takeaways in this blog post.

Watch the Video to see what I use now  Рthen scroll the blog post for featured products and a breakdown

Washi Storage Reviews

The Clear Plastic Box

Like many, the first washi storage that I tried was a plastic organizer – you can get these just about anywhere for a few bucks and that was my immediate go-to.

  • Inexpensive – they run for less than $10 and quite a bit less if you pick one up locally.
  • Small case makes it easy to store anywhere or tote along with you.


  • They are very limited in space – it would take 10+ of these to store my washi and that isn’t feasible.
  • The lid smooshes your washi or sometimes won’t shut all the way

The Stackable Dispenser


  • I can see the washi on display which is more inspiring to use
  • Inexpensive – I think mine were $4.99 each.


  • The serrated edge is just a dangerous decoration – without two handing it, there is no cutting washi tape with it.
  • Small and will only hold a few rolls at a time which isn’t good washi storage for those of us who have a collection.
  • Stacking it is frustrating because one bump and it topples over

The Craftstack


  • Inexpensive with coupon at your local Michaels or Hobby Lobby
  • Holds a lot of washi
  • Fold down drawers makes it easy to see what you have on hand
  • Great stackability and design


  • My washi is hidden.
  • Plastic isn’t all that attractive

I still use this one for my holiday washi – it topped my list of best options, but it missed one really important factor: Visualization of all of my washi – without visualization, I have no inspiration.

Washi Storage – My Best Find – See Video for a full look!

All the best finds happen at Goodwill… or at least the best shelves. Shelving is one of the very few things I’ve ever purchased there as a matter of fact!

I finally opted for an open wall unit to store my washi.



  • Large and holds all of my washi – I actually have room to grow my collection
  • Easily customizable to match the decor
  • I can see what I have on hand, open storage is inspiring
  • Inexpensive – this was $7ish.


  • I can’t find another one because it’s one of a kind.

Don’t let the fact that my wall shelf is a unique find discourage you – you can find many shelves at your local thrift stores, there are also other shelving units you could try – just make sure that they are large and open for your washi storage.

You could also use several of the floating photo ledge shelves as washi storage, just check the measurements to make sure that a roll of washi will fit easily in an upright position.

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Claire December 7, 2017 - 10:46 pm

Thanks for this great review. I just became a washi freak and was trying to decide how to do it. After the video i decided that is exactly what I wanted. I went to thrift stores and trolled ebay and craig’s list. It did not have to be exact but I would know it when I saw it. Here is what i found. I have not shored it up or painted-it is old but sturdy and a little wonky but I love it

Brandy Burke December 11, 2017 - 1:29 pm

This is AWESOME! I love that you were able to find something that works for you – and I imagine you’ll find inspiration in being able to see all of the Washi instead of it being tucked away somewhere!

Jennifer April 22, 2018 - 4:16 pm

Hi! Love the open shelf, this is my current plan! Could you share where that wide pink lace washi on the bottom and the blue floral to the right of it are from? Both so pretty.

Brandy Burke May 24, 2018 - 12:10 pm

Hi Jennifer! Thanks!
Both are from Michaels, but I’ve had them quite a while so I’m not sure that they can still be found!


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