Saturday, March 17, 2012

Give an old frame a bit of colour

We have a new addiction around here: Hama beads. And it really isn't only the little one... the fun is endless!
The other day we were working on a landscape. A true work of art and when we finally finished it, it was a shame to just stuck it inside a drawer. I went lo look for a frame to hang it on the wall. The only thing I found that was flexible enough and big enough to fit something which wasn't flat was a NYTTJA frame from Ikea. These are not that pretty and specially not in black to put on the little one's bedroom.

So I took advantage of yet another addiction (this time only mine): washi tape. I have been looking for a good excuse to decorate something somewhere. And this was the perfect excuse: revamp a frame.

If you have never heard about washi tape, wikipedia says that Washi (和紙) is a style of paper that was first made in Japan. Washi is commonly made using fibers from the bark of the gampi tree, the mitsumata shrub (Edgeworthia papyrifera), or the paper mulberry, but also can be made using bamboo, hemp, rice, and wheat. Washi comes from wa meaning Japanese and shi meaning paper, and the term is used to describe paper made by hand in the traditional manner.

Isn't that Hama beads landscape something else? It has cable cars, the Alps, snow, lakes and of course the Swiss flag. We had so much fun doing it!

This is a fairly simple project, but you can check bellow how I did it. Next time, I'll do it on a white frame. I'm sure the colours of the washi tape won't be so bland.

To do this project, I used the following material:

And then really is just to start to unroll the tape on the frame and stick it. Just make sure your frame is clean before you do it. The good thing about washi tape is that is very forgiving. So if for some reason it's going the wrong way, just pull it out and stick it back again.

I also put some washi tape on the sides and what was left I stuck it on the back of the frame.

All done! A very simple project, with great results.

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