A long time ago, a friend gave me some old matted pictures of vintage ads. They had been on her wall and she was moving, so I gladly took them figured that I could use them in my decor somehow. They were packed away and when my husband and I moved in together 4 years ago, I found them again.
In a weird chain of events we decided to hang them up on a big blank wall in our dining area. My husband, being the not so handy guy around the house (he’s amazing with anything mechanic, but don’t ask him to hang a picture) decided to nail the matted pictures to the wall with drywall nails. (Talk about a bachelor eye for design. Ha!) From far away you couldn’t tell they were literally nailed to the wall, but up close it was quite obvious. He used a piece of string and a “good eye” to level them out and proclaimed that they were hung, which is exactly what I had asked of him. I meant more like, hung in frames in the future, not so much nailed to the wall right now, but he was right, and there they hung for 4 years until last week.
Look at those sweet nails!
I was sick and tired of looking at the pictures, nailed onto the wall, and sort of just gave up on the idea of ever taking them down and putting them in normal frames. I mean, they had nail holes in each corner! So I got an idea about creating a faux frame, using washi tape!
If you’ve never used, or heard of washi tape, you must be living under a craft rock. Washi Tape is a craft phenom from Japan, it’s beautiful patterned paper (and sometimes plastic) tapes similar to masking tape. It can be used for a variety of craft projects from colorful accents on cards, scrapbooks, to vases, jars or anything you can imagine. I have been collecting pretty washi tape for awhile and have amassed a decent collection, but it’s nothing compared to some of the collections I’ve seen online. Searching for Washi Tape on Amazon will bring up all sorts of results.
I used a pretty thick washi tape, seeing as I had SO MUCH matting to cover to create a frame effect, but you could double up the washi for a different effect.
I very simply added a length of washi tape across both the top and bottom of the picture. It’s ok if your tape goes past the edge, you can use scissors or an exacto knife to clean it up at the end.
How much better does that look? Just 5 minutes of my time, and I don’t have to look at the ugly nail heads anymore! In the corners, where the washi meets up, if your washi is slightly translucent like mine is, you can cut on the diagonal to reduce the bulky overlap.
The only issues I had with the washi tape was that the next day, the corners had started to curl in the humidity, so I just added a dab of craft glue and glued it back down. I haven’t have an issue since.
I really like the effect it created! It adds an extra element of design to that drab area of the house, with very little cost and effort.
It’s a great project because washi tape comes in so many widths and styles, that the possibilities on this project are endless!
What have you used washi tape for?
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