It was only fairly recently that I became aware of the joy that is washi tape (a late bloomer I know ;-)) and I just had to get my hands on some and marvel at all the pretty colours.
I wasn’t quite sure what to do with it at first, but I knew I wanted it to be something that made a statement and something that I would cherish. I had some photos from my Mum and Dad’s engagement and wedding that I wanted to frame and so I decided to make a feature of them.
This isn’t going to be a hugely detailed tutorial, but it should provide you with the steps that I took, if you want to try something similar.
First of all I gathered together all the materials that I would need:
- The photos I wanted to frame
- Some washi tape to select from
- Some premium patterned papers (that I had actually won in a competition), which you can pick up from Amazon UK/Amazon USA
- 2 low cost wooden frames (you could easily use old frames that you want to give a new lease of life to)
I then took the back out of the frame and cut the backing paper to fit. It took two pieces of the paper to cover the whole of the background so I joined them with the copper based washi tape I had selected. You can use any backing papers that you have available, because I was making these along a wedding and engagement theme, I of course went for hearts 🙂
I just had three engagement photos and three wedding photos for this project, so I laid them out on the card and surrounded them with the washi tape, in the pattern that I wanted. Washi tape is great in that it is very forgiving, so if you don’t line it up well the first time, you can keep having another go. Because of the nature of the pattern it’s very easy to make it look good and you don’t see the ends, so it looks quite professional (and that’s saying something for my crafting attempts ;-))
When my layout was complete and all securely stuck down with the washi tape I added the picture to the frame, added the backing and just made sure that all looked good. I wanted to decorate the frame in keeping with the layout and so I just added a border of the washi tape around the wood. The only tricky part was making sure that where the tape met on each corner was cut well and all lined up, although as I mentioned before you can easily peel off the washi tape and reposition.
I also decided to add the washi tape around the outside of the frame, so that it looks great from the side and top, not just straight-on. This was easy-peasy and you can just overlap and cut the tape on the corners.
That was pretty much it, I had taken two lost cost wooden frames and jazzed them up. You can make it as simple a design or as full on as you like. Because this was a wedding based one I made it quite ornate, but I know it wouldn’t be to everyone’s taste.
For the engagement photos I went for a lighter pink and more Spring like colours. For my first attempt I was pretty pleased with the outcome and washi tape really is very easy to work with.
What’s more I have two lovely frames filled with family memories.
Do you like working with washi tape? If you have any cool ideas for using it, do please leave a comment below, or let me know if upcycling some frames appeal to you?