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Have you tried crafting with foil tape yet??
I just started and let me tell you...
I can't get enough of it!!

I buy my foil tape at the local dollar store and each roll lasts for at least one finished project like this one.
In this tutorial I'm going to demonstrate how to transform an otherwise plain wood frame which I also happened to found at the dollar store for only $1.

This is how I did it...

So, this is foil tape.
and that is the frame I bought from the dollar store, although you can also find  them at Michaels Crafts for a bit more.

To start, simply cut pieces of foil tape the length of your frame and peel and stick your tape onto the edges of the frame towards the front to cover completely.
Have fun with this and allow for crevices and wrinkles to form as it will create interesting patterns that will latter show as texture.

This is how my framed ended up looking...

Your next step involves  applying colour, I used this dark brown marker, also from the dollar store, that is used for retouching hardwood floors.
(mine shows in French and Spanish because is from here, Canada)

This marker dries up extremely quickly but if you act fast enough it gives you a very neat effect when you paint on the foil tape, I suggest you find one like it before you go for something else.

This is what I mean...

I paint and quickly smudge the paint around the area with the backing glossy paper that I peeled off from the foil tape, see?

As you can see, the paint was semi-opaque and got darker when trapped on those crevices I was telling you about earlier...
 After it dried, I sanded some areas softly until I got the look I was after. There's no right or wrong with this, you can sand longer for a more shiny look or paint over it again of you prefer it more dramatic.

I dusted off my new frame and glued on a metallic flower I found in my charms box.

I also found a sweet picture of my dog Charlie and I and, ta da!
my frame was done.

I really hope you enjoyed this DIY Tutorial, please comment below and lt me know if you find this project as fun as I did.
Now that I found foil tape I'll be experimenting with it some more, so stay tune for more foil tape crafts!!


  1. Your frame looks wonderful. Great idea. Thanks for the tutorial.

  2. I love your frame... I have some of that tape.. and just ordered some of those pens... I can't wait to have a it would look fab on embossed metal too.. Many thanks for sharing :)
    Sylvie x

  3. WOW!! I really like this technique.. I have a few old frames and I can't wait to try this out. Thanks

  4. Great project! Thanks for the tutorial.


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