Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Covering a Frame with Tissue Paper

Give a boring frame a fresh new look by covering it with tissue paper!

There are different types of tissue paper you can use, from various colors to prints, but for this project, we are going to use 7 Gypsies Tissue Paper to give the frame a vintage-inspired look. 


  • An 8" x 10" Frame
  • 7 Gypsies Tissue Paper
  • Mod Podge
  • 1 Sheet of Craft Paper
  • 1 Sheet of Black Card Stock
  • A 4" x 6" Photo
  • Scor-Tape
  • Foam Brush
  • Scissors
All supplies used for this project can be found at our Bonney Lake store.

1.  Cut the tissue paper into strips wide enough to fit the front and both sides of the frame.

These squares were leftovers from a previous project.
We cut each of these squares in half.

2. Using the foam brush, apply Mod Podge to the area of the frame you are going to cover. Work in sections so that Mod Podge doesn't dry before you get to it or get the tissue stuck on parts of the frame you do not want it to go.

When you apply the tissue, lay it carefully to avoid ripples.

3.  When you get to a corner, you can fold the ends into the frame. Since the tissue paper is so thin, it will easily form to the frame.

4.  When you have the frame completely covered in tissue paper, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge on top of the tissue paper with the foam brush to seal it. Be gentle when applying to avoid pulling or tearing the tissue paper.

You know how frames have a sheet of cardboard in the back or inside? We're going to create a mat with it because the color complements the tissue paper. If your frame doesn't come with the cardboard, you can purchase craft paper, which is the same thing.

We took the cardboard to the Frame Shop, which offers mat cutting for a small fee, and asked them to cut a 5" x 7" opening in the cardboard.

Craft Paper

Now, let's put this frame together.

5.  Place two strips of Scor-Tape on the back of your 4" x 6" photo to adhere it to the middle of the black card stock.
6.  Insert the mat into the frame, followed by the card stock with the photo.

The neutral colors will easily color coordinate to your home decor.

Your frame is now ready to display!

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