DIY Framed Ribbon Art
There are some things you need to know about me. First, I love antique-looking frames. Second, I love ribbon. Why not combine them?
I looked up and saw two of the most glorious antiquey-looking frames ever, all distressed and swirly. Sure, the paintings inside them weren’t anything magnificent, but I was instantly intrigued.
“I want them!” I exclaimed, still holding a few castoff books.
“Sure! Here,” my mom said before handing them to me.
Free frames! Yay!
My mind ran through everything I could do with them. I was sure of one thing, though: I’d make my own art.
I came up with the ribbon art idea because, well, I had a lot of ribbon. And I like it. Thus, DIY Framed Ribbon Art was born.
- 2 awesome antique-style frames
- Butter knife Small screwdriver
- White paint
- Glue gun (you could use tape, too)
- Various kinds of ribbon.
As for the ribbon, it’s a good idea to pick a color scheme to work with. My favorite color is pink, so I decided to go with pink, black and white. I suggest choosing ribbon of varying widths and textures to make your picture more interesting and dynamic.
I tried prying it off with a butter knife. There was some ripping. Learn from my mistakes.
Let it dry before moving on.
Next: the fun part. Gather up your ribbon and come up with a cool design and ribbon combination for your picture. Since I was working with two picture frames, I made two designs. The first involved a bit of a weave, but also a lot of white space. I went for a minimalistic approach.
Cut long pieces of ribbon so at least an inch hangs over each side of the edge of he picture. Lay out the design for both pictures before moving on. Make sure you actually like it (duh!).
Instead, fold the ends of the ribbon over the side and glue them to the back of the picture. After you glue one end and it has dried, pull it taut and do the same thing to the other end.
What color scheme would you choose for your ribbon?