Introduction: Paintless Colored Frame
This Instructable will show you how to make a colorful, decorative, lightweight frame.
You will need:
- Your art already mounted onto a larger cardboard piece.
- Four cardboard strips (the base of your frame) cut with an exacto knife.
- Colored washi tape
- Masking tape.
Glue. I used Elmer's, which won't hold up over time; hot glue is preferable.
Step 1: Cut Your Cardboard.
- Cut out four strips of cardboard that will be the foundation of the frame.
- I cut my pieces large enough to extend an inch and a half from the edge of my art. I also cut my pieces to overlap at the corners, but with careful measuring, you could cut the ends at angles to make smooth corners.
- Do not assemble/glue the strips into a frame yet. Leave them separate.
Step 2: Cover Your Cardboard.
- Cut or rip small strips of washi tape about a half-inch longer than the width of your cardboard strip.
- Individually place each tape strip on the cardboard, wrapping the ends of the tape over the edge of the cardboard to create a smooth edge.
- Unless your washi tape is 1 inch wide or wider, do not try to place the tape "the long way" on the cardboard; it will not wrap cleanly over the cardboard's edge.
- Not pictured: Washi tape does not have a strong adhesive, so use the masking tape on the back of the cardboard strip to secure the ends of the washi tape.
Step 3: Assemble the Cardboard Strips Into a Frame
- Using the masking tape, connect each cardboard strip so that it forms a full frame.
Step 4: Mount the Frame Onto the Art.
- Using your glue, attach the frame to the cardboard border around your art.
- Place weights (I used books) on each side while the glue dries.
Your frame is complete!