What do you do when your tired of the plain black frames? How about the ones that just don’t seem to work together? Washi tape them of course! Washi tape can be found at several outlets including Target, Michael’s and my favorite were found at Jo-Ann’s.
Fixing the frames was easy enough. I headed to Jo-Anns and found some Washi Tape that had a pattern and I felt would set off well against the deep red walls. I chose a set that came with a floral pattern as well as a chevron polka dot pattern. Because I knew I wouldn’t want nothing but patterns I also chose some coordinating solids in calm colors.
The next step was to figure out the layout. Two of our frames are multiple photos together. I love this but the solid black around each photo surely did not make the photos stand out on their own. I decided to start with these frames so I would know that I would not have an issue with running out of the washi tape. I cut a few small pieces off of each tape to decide a layout of the colors and patterns on the frames.
I then laid a piece of tape on the frame and mitered the edges:
You may think this is rather hard, getting a straight line but all frames I have seen have mitered edges and the mitered area has a small ridge. My Xacto knife sliced right into the ridge of the miter and easily cut the tape. For the cluster frames the frames were not only mitered at the corners but they were at an angle. It was easy to feel the mitered corner and slice down. It was easy to match the mitered tape to a corner making each frame easy to tape around. For the cluster frames, some of the areas were bigger than the tape itself (you can get wider tape) I chose to do a mat type frame. I laid the first layer of tape around the frame and then used the patterned tape to do the outside edge.
With the photo above you can see this matting type edging I did to the two photos. I used a solid first and then pattered to make the photo really pop!