Little B Mitered Corners Frame

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by Carol Snyder, Little B

Little B Mitered Corners Frame

Embellish your frames with decorative tape! It's so easy!

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:1/2 hour

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Place the photo frame flat on your creative working space.
  • 2
    Decide where you want to place the tape. (Tip: if the frame edge is wider than the tape that you have chosen, you may want to center the tape so the same amount of frame is showing on either side of the tape. Or you can align the tape with the edge of the frame if it is going to cover the entire edge.) The tape easily lifts off non-porous surfaces, so it is OK to position it several times until you achieve the desired look.
  • 3
    Leave a small “tail of tape” out from the roll. Take the package in your fingers with the hang hole facing down towards the table. Place pointer finger on the bottom on the tape dispenser (so that it covers the UPC) with fingernail/tip of finger facing the cutter. Grip sides of the packaging with thumb on one side (over the front of the package) and then middle and ring finger on the other side. Press sides of the package to stop the roll. Release to allow the tape to dispense freely. Grab the “tail of tape” between your left thumb and pointer finger. Pull about 4-5 inches of tape out from the dispenser, holding it out horizontally. You will work and position the tape from the left to the right.
  • 4
    Begin on the top left side of the frame. To start, you will want to leave about 1 inch of tape off the left edge of the frame and continue placing the tape down as you move horizontally across the top edge of the frame. Make sure that the tape is level and not becoming crooked. To do this, use the straight edge of the frame as a level reference and check it often visually. Continue sticking the tape down until you reach the top right side of the frame. Use the cutter on the package to cut the tape – leaving a 1 inch piece beyond the edge of the frame.
  • 5
    Rotate the frame 90 degrees to the right, so you now have a blank edge of the frame at the top. Repeat steps 3 and 4 to place a piece of tape across all the top edges of the frame. (Tip: remember to allow an inch or so overhang on both sides of the frame. You will be placing tape over tape on the right side – leaving an inch off the right edge.) Note that on this last side, the tape is placed over tape on both the left and right hand sides. The tape is supposed to overlap.
  • 6
    Position the frame so the top of the frame is again at the top.
  • 7
    Start with mitering the upper left corner first. Place the cutting side of the metal edge ruler so that it is diagonally lined up between the outside corner of the overlapped tape and the inside corner of the overlapped tape. Hold the ruler firmly in place.
  • 8
    Rotate the frame 90 degrees to the right. Repeat step 7 to make a mitered cut on each corner.
  • 9
    Start with the upper left corner and grab the 1 inch excess piece of tape which is going off the top of the frame and peel it down toward the frame. It should remove easily at the diagonal cut. Throw this piece of excess tape away.
  • 10
    While still working on the upper left corner, peel the top layer of vertical tape down – this will reveal the bottom layer of tape. Grab the excess piece of tape that is off the left side of the frame and peel towards the right. It should remove easily at the diagonal cut. Throw this piece away. (Note: if you did not cut through both layers of tape, you can reset the ruler in the exact spot and cut through the tape. Resist the urge to use just the knife without the straight edge.)
  • 11
    Press both sides of the mitered tape together against the frame. Repeat steps 9 and 10 to reveal the other mitered corners.
  • 12
    Add embellishments as desired.

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:1/2 hour

Project Supplies

  • Little B Decorative Tape Damask Black/White 104804270
  • Timeless Frames 10 inch x 10 inch Frame Black 10415968
  • Emellishments/Stickers of Your Choice
  • Ruler
  • X-ACTO Precision Instruments No. 1 Knife 104135101