Before you begin wrapping your picture frame with ribbon, make sure you have the following materials on hand:
- A picture frame – Choose a frame that complements the style and size of your picture.
- Ribbon – Select a ribbon that matches the color scheme and theme of your picture frame. The width of the ribbon will depend on your personal preference and the size of the frame.
- Scissors – You’ll need a pair of sharp scissors to cut the ribbon to the desired length.
- Double-sided tape or adhesive – This will help secure the ribbon to the frame and ensure it stays in place.
- Bow (optional) – If you want to add a decorative bow to your wrapped picture frame, you’ll need an additional ribbon for that.
Once you have gathered all these materials, you’re ready to move on to the next steps and create a beautifully wrapped picture frame!
Step 1: Measure the Ribbon
The first step in wrapping a picture frame with ribbon is to measure the length of ribbon you will need. Start by placing the picture frame on a flat surface and unrolling the ribbon.
Begin by securing one end of the ribbon to the back of the frame using a small piece of double-sided tape or adhesive. Then, gently wrap the ribbon around the frame, making sure it is taut but not too tight. Continue wrapping the ribbon around the frame until you reach the starting point.
Once you have wrapped the ribbon around the frame, cut the ribbon from the spool, leaving a small excess to ensure that you have enough to secure the ribbon in place. Use the scissors to neatly trim any excess ribbon.
Make sure to account for any additional length needed if you plan to add a bow to your wrapped picture frame.
Pro Tip: It’s always better to cut more ribbon than you think you will need. You can trim off any excess later, but if you cut it too short, you may have to start over with a new piece.
Once you have measured and cut the ribbon to the appropriate length, you are ready to move on to the next step: attaching the ribbon to the frame.
Step 2: Attach the Ribbon
Now that you have measured and cut the ribbon to the desired length, it’s time to attach it to the picture frame. This step will ensure that the ribbon stays securely in place as you continue wrapping.
Start by finding the end of the ribbon that you previously secured to the back of the frame. Apply a small amount of double-sided tape or adhesive to this end, ensuring that it is firmly attached. Press the ribbon against the back of the frame to secure it in place.
Next, gently wrap the ribbon around the frame, keeping it level and snug against the surface. As you wrap, use your fingers or a small piece of double-sided tape/adhesive to affix the ribbon to the frame at regular intervals. Be careful not to pull the ribbon too tight, as this could cause the frame to warp or the ribbon to rip.
If you are using a wider ribbon, you can create a more secure attachment by folding the ribbon over itself and using double-sided tape/adhesive to hold the layers together. This will provide extra support and prevent the ribbon from peeling away from the frame.
Continue attaching the ribbon until you have wrapped it completely around the frame, ensuring that it is evenly spaced and snug against the surface. Once you reach the starting point, secure the end of the ribbon with a small piece of double-sided tape/adhesive, pressing it firmly to ensure it stays in place.
With the ribbon now securely attached, you are ready to move on to the next step: wrapping the ribbon around the frame.
Step 3: Wrap the Ribbon Around the Frame
With the ribbon securely attached to the back of the picture frame, it’s time to start wrapping it around the front. This step will give your frame a polished and professional look, emphasizing the decorative element of the ribbon.
Begin by holding the ribbon at the bottom corner of the frame and bring it diagonally across the front surface, towards the top corner on the opposite side. Make sure to keep the ribbon taut but not overly tight, allowing for some flexibility as you wrap.
Continue wrapping the ribbon around the frame, making diagonal passes from one corner to the other. As you wrap, ensure that the ribbon is overlapping slightly with each pass to create an even and cohesive look. Take your time to make each wrap neat and precise, adjusting the tension as necessary.
If your frame has flat sides, you can continue wrapping the ribbon diagonally across the sides as well, creating a seamless and professional finish. However, if your frame has unusual shapes or embellishments, you may need to modify your wrapping technique accordingly.
As you approach the end of the ribbon, make sure to leave enough excess to securely fasten it to the back of the frame. To do this, carefully thread the end of the ribbon through the wrapped layers at the back, or use double-sided tape/adhesive to hold it in place. Ensure that the end is firmly attached to prevent unraveling.
Pro Tip: If you are using a wider ribbon, you can create an attractive crisscross pattern by wrapping the ribbon from one corner to the opposite side, and then from the other corner to the remaining side, forming an “X” shape on the front of the frame.
When you have finished wrapping the ribbon around the frame, step back and assess the overall appearance. Make any necessary adjustments to ensure that the ribbon is evenly spaced, smooth, and securely attached. Now that your frame is beautifully wrapped, it’s time for the final step: securing the ends of the ribbon.
Step 4: Secure the Ends of the Ribbon
Now that you have wrapped the ribbon around the picture frame, it’s important to secure the ends to ensure that your beautiful wrapping job stays intact. This step will prevent the ribbon from unraveling and give your frame a clean and finished look.
Start by examining the back of the frame where the ribbon ends meet. If there is enough ribbon to work with, you can tie a small knot to secure the ends together. This will create a secure bond that will hold the ribbon in place.
If the ribbon ends are too short to tie a knot, you can use a hot glue gun or fabric adhesive to attach them to the back of the frame. Apply a small dab of glue or adhesive to one end of the ribbon and press it firmly against the back of the frame. Repeat this process with the other end, making sure that both ends are securely attached.
Alternatively, you can use double-sided tape to secure the ends of the ribbon. Cut a small piece of tape and fold it over the ends of the ribbon, creating a strong bond between the ribbon and the frame.
Once the ends of the ribbon are securely fastened, double-check to make sure that everything is aligned and tidy. Trim any excess ribbon if necessary, ensuring that the cut is clean and hidden from view.
Pro Tip: If you want to add an extra touch of elegance, you can use a decorative element like a small fabric flower or a self-adhesive jewel to cover the ends of the ribbon. This will not only hide the ends but also add a delightful finishing touch to your wrapped picture frame.
Now that you have successfully secured the ends of the ribbon, your beautifully wrapped picture frame is complete! Take a moment to admire your handiwork and display your framed picture with pride.
Step 5: Add a Bow (Optional)
If you want to take your wrapped picture frame to the next level, you can add a decorative bow. Adding a bow can add an extra touch of elegance and sophistication, enhancing the overall aesthetic of your frame. Keep in mind that this step is optional and will depend on your personal preference and the style you want to achieve.
To create a bow, start by cutting a separate section of ribbon that is long enough to form the desired size of your bow. The length will depend on how large and elaborate you want the bow to be.
Next, fold the ribbon back and forth in a looping motion, creating a bow-like shape. Make sure the loops are even, and the two ends of the ribbon are left to dangle down.
Take a small piece of ribbon or string and tie it tightly around the center of the bow, ensuring that it secures all the loops and holds the shape in place. You can also use a twist tie or a thin wire for added security.
Once the bow is securely tied, you can attach it to your wrapped picture frame. Place a small dot of hot glue or fabric adhesive on the back of the bow and press it onto the ribbon-wrapped frame.
Position the bow in the desired location on the frame, such as in the center, at one corner, or at the top. Press it lightly to ensure it adheres properly to the frame.
Pro Tip: If you’re feeling creative, you can experiment with different ribbon textures, patterns, and widths to create unique and eye-catching bows. You can also add embellishments, such as beads, pearls, or sparkly accents, to further enhance the bow’s appearance.
Once the bow is attached, step back and admire your beautifully wrapped picture frame with its elegant bow. This final touch adds a lovely finishing flourish and makes the frame ready to be displayed or given as a thoughtful gift.