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DIY for Cheap: washi tape frame

Washi tape seems to be all the rage right now. This decorative paper tape comes in a variety of sizes and colors and can add a little something extra to the most boring of objects.

I put this tape to the test by adding some to an old, boring black picture frame I had in my house. In a matter of minutes, my frame went from ho-hum to new and decorative. For my project I am using two types of washi tape, but you can always use more or less depending on the look you want.

Supplies needed

Items I purchased:

• A variety pack of washi tape — $6.49 from

Items I already had:

• Scissors

• Black frame


1. Before you start taping, decide on the design you would like to use. I am using an X pattern where I will drape the tape in a design that meets at each corner. I will be using two tape patterns, a designed tape and a silver tape.

2. Remove the glass and backing from your frame, leaving just the frame itself. If this is an old frame, like mine, you will want to clean it and let it dry completely before you begin.

3. Take two pieces of the decorative tape to make a thick strip from the corner of your picture window to the corner of the outer frame edge. Fold the edges of the tape under on the backside so they are not visible.

4. Now, take the silver tape and put one strip on either side of the decorative tape. Almost like you are adding a border around your decorative tape. Fold this tape under as well.

5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 on the bottom right portion of your frame.

6. For the upper right and lower left edges, I reversed my decoration, placing the silver tape on the inside and bordering it with the decorative tape. You don’t have to do this if you want to stay consistent. You can simply repeat the above steps around all four edges.

7. Once all four edges have been decorated, take a card such as a credit card and smooth the edges ensuring all air bubbles are out and edges are crisp.

8. Now it is time to put back in your photo and enjoy your new, revamped picture frame.

Jessica Garringer is a local bargain hunter, DIYer and a couponer. You can reach her at

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