Introduction: How to Make a Duct Tape Picture Frame
Hey kids, we're gonna make a frame out of duct tape today!
THINGS YOU NEED:
- your art
- a ruler
- duct tape (it doesn't have to be patterned but that's part of the fun!)
- disgruntled pre-teen to sit and roll their eyes at how uncool a duct-tape frame is
Step 1: Step 1: Preparing Your Frame Pieces
1. Measure the sides of your art. (My art was done on computer paper, so it is 8.5 inches by 11 inches.)
2. Unroll a strip of tape about an inch or two longer than one side of your art. It doesn't matter what side you decide to start with. Be careful what your tape sticks to - if your table is made of wood, the tape will tear the finish off like with mine.
3. Lay the tape sticky-side up on the table.
4. Take one long edge and fold it over about 1/3 of the way, pressing it down flat so it's folded over on itself. (Think like you're folding a very long, very skinny brochure.)
5. Fold the last sticky piece up so it overlaps the already folded parts of the tape. You should now have a strip of duct tape that's actually 3 layers thick.
6. Repeat steps 2-5 7 times so you have a total of 8 strips - two piece for each side of the art.
7. Take a break and get a drink real fast. Making frames is hard work yo. Get a snack too, this can wait a second.
Step 2: Step 2: Assembling the Frame 1: How to Put the Actual Frame Sides Together Before Framing.
Alright, this is how you assemble one of four frame sides!
1. gather up the strips you need for one side of the frame. It doesn't matter what side you start with, but note if it's the long side or the short side (if your art is rectangular). Once you finish this side, you need to do the opposite side before you move on to the other sides.
2. Cut the pieces so they are the same size at the art side you're working with.
3. Unroll and cut a strip of tape about an inch or two longer than the pieces you cut, and lay it sticky-side up on your table.
4.Very carefully, lay your pieces on top of the strip - make sure that there is both room between the two pieces, and room on the edges around the pieces.
5. On one edge, fold the extra tape over so it's folded on top of the tape pieces - think of this as you hemming your frame so there are no sticky, raw edges or visable bumps.
6. Repeat step 5 with the other raw edge of tape.
Step 3: Step 2: Assembling the Frame 2: How to Attach the Frame Piece to the Art.
1. Your new strip should almost look like a book - there are two halves of tape with a gap in the middle that should still have some sticky stuff showing. Lay your art over half the strip, so its edge is in the approximate middle of the sticky area.
2. Fold the est of the strip over the edge of your art. Since there's no sticky exposed right there, it wont stick straight to the art. But if there are sticky parts on the edge of your strip, sticky them together. Your strip should now be acting almost like a micro envelope to hold in the edge of your art.
3. Cut the edges of your strip so it's flush with the edge of the art.
4. Repeat Step 2:1 and 2:2 to create the frame piece for the opposite side of the art.
Step 4: Step 3: Assembling the Rest of the Frame
1. Repeat the steps again until you have a layered strip for the long side. When you measure it out, make sure it's long enough so that when itgets folded over the edge of the art, it overlaps the other two frame pieces.
2. When you fold the pieces over, they're not going to stick. That's perfectly fine, and we will remedy this with more tape.
3. Unroll and cut a piece of tape about four inches long. Tear the strip in two (or cut it in two if your tape doesn't want to tear), and then into half again long-wise so you have four very skinny pieces of tape.
4. Fold the strip end-over-end so you have a loop of tape with sticky on the outside and not-sticky on the inside.
5. Place the loop onthe underside of one edge of the newer frame pieces. When you press it back down, the loop should be sandwhiched between the two frame pieces of the corner.
6. Repeat this process for all corners on both sides - so seven more times total.
7. Repeat steps 3-4 again so you have more loops, and press them to the enderside of the front edges of your art. This way, the edges aren't gaping open and threatening to pull free from your art.
Step 5: Step 4: YOU DID IT
CELEBRATE DUDE YOU FINISHED YOUR FRAME! GO TAKE A NAP BECAUSE THAT WAS SOME ROUGH WORK.
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