Today’s photo frame craft idea is all about recycling. I used masking tape pieces to cover an old red photo frame that I almost gave away to Goodwill and voila! A whimsical, throwback photo frame for Elise’s one-year-old portrait.
Anyone else out there make masking tape vases as kids at camp? At Camp Na-Wa-Kwa we took old glass bottles, covered them with ripped pieces of masking tape, and then used shoe polish to color them. Years later I saw blue tape vases on a floor display at Anthropologie and loved the idea just as much as when I was a Girl Scout.
Instead of ripping masking tape pieces I decided to cut them with scissors to make it look more finished. And when I got the photo frame to the shoe polish step I balked – I liked it naked and textured, just as it is. So this tutorial stops short of coloring the frame with shoe polish but let me know how you decide to finish yours. Personally I think it would be cool to make one using electrical tape – I am a sucker for electrical tape and that stuff comes in a bazillion inspirational colors sure to match any home decor.
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Find an old frame like these on ebay:
Take the frame apart, clean with an alcohol swab and let dry.
Start cutting pieces of masking tape either straight across, or you could cut it on the diagonal if you’d like, or rip it to be old school. Place the masking tape on the frame. Overlap piece after piece.
Curl tape around the inside onto the front.
Keep going until it’s layered the way you like it. I chose to have mine a bit transparent in places so that you could see some dimension and texture.
Optionally, rub shoe polish onto the tape and wipe off with a clean dry cloth. Repeat until you get the color intensity that you like.
Be sure to cover the back too.
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