washi tape frame tutorial-craft it forward!

Have you heard that this week is Random Acts of Kindness week? I had no idea there was such a thing, until Michaels (yes the Michaels store Michaels) contacted me about participating in their craft it forward event. They are aiming to inspire creativity and kindness by encouraging us all to “craft it forward”-to create a simple gift that will make the recipient smile! I thought it was a fantastic idea! I love to craft for others, and love sharing what comes of that urge with all of you. Isn’t that what blogging is all about? Community, friendship, and of course…crafting!

So I headed to my neared Michaels store (luckily we have one 5 minutes away) and wandered the aisles (kid-less..it was heaven on earth I tell you)…and gathered supplies for a simple but oh so adorable gift…for my kid sis Julia. Well, she’s not quite a kid anymore, but when I thought of who to make it for I could only think of her. So here’s my easy Washi Tape frame tutorial!

I love how it came together, and it was so, so simple to make. Those kinds of gifts are the best, right?

I grabbed a wooden cut out frame (I had no idea Michaels carried these, btw…going back for more soon.) some flowers, and washi tape. You’ll also need some sandpaper, a hot glue gun, an exacto knife, mod podge, and a sponge brush.

So it’s pretty straight-forward. I first removed the inside part of the frame, then lightly sanded the edges…thought about painting them but I liked the raw wood color with the tapes I used so I left it alone. Then start laying down pieces of washi tape on top of the frame.

 I made sure that the first strip was as straight as possible by looking at it from the back and adjusting as needed.

Then just keep sticking on strips of tape til it’s full…line them up with the previous strip of tape so they’re straight. I did a sort of random but intentional pattern-this would look awesome with two solid colors, too!

Then flip it upside down and trim off all the outside edges with your knife, and also the inside of the frame.

Seal it all with a layer of mod podge…

…and glue on your desired arrangement of flowers! The white one was purchased, the pink one was made using this tutorial, the green one using this tutorial. I also designed a quick little inspiring quote to pop in the frame, that I hope she likes!

Download it here. (in 4×6 and 8×10 sizes)

So….I challenge you to craft it forward! Make and give a little or big gift this week…or next. Whenever you can! The point is that we could all use a little more crafty kindness in this world, right? And who better to give it than someone who loves to create and give from the heart? Cause I know you all are like that. Super awesome and everything. ;D

Also, leave a comment here for a chance to win a $5 Michaels gift card! I have 5 of them to giveaway to ya’ll. Tell me if you’ve ever received a Random Act of Kindness or if you’ve done one for someone else. Leave an email address please so I can contact you if you win!

***This giveaway is now closed***

The winners of the $5 craft it forward Michaels gift cards are…. Kristie….Dorothy Girl….Michaela….Deahna….and Greendoodle. Congrats ladies!


  1. Cool tutorial!

    I’ve got tape and I have got wooden letters, so I’ll tape them.

    Nice to have found “craftiness is not optional”.

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  2. I really love this! Love the colors you chose. Very pretty!

  3. What a fun idea, a random act of craftiness! I have both done it myself and been the very happy recipient of random craftiness. I just didn’t know until now that it was an official “thing” with it’s own official week!! Love the Washi tape frame by the way…might need to make one myself soon!

  4. I love this! Looking forward to making a few of these for my next gift swap and for my girl’s room. I already have ALL of the supplies I need right at home! Yay!

  5. Jess I LOVE that quote you put in the frame. Going to make one for my mom. One of the more memorable acts of kindness I did for my neighbor. When she moved in next door a few months ago, she had a bed and a small bag full of clothes. That’s it. She told me she was going through a nasty divorce and most of her things were destroyed by her husband. Ick! I noticed she was about the same size as I was per-baby. So I asked if she would come over and help me clean my closet. I gave her a whole new wardrobe! Everything from jeans and tanks to dresses and business suits. Even a few pairs of shoes. She was so happy she started crying. The next day she put on one of the suits and went out job hunting. I was so happy for her. That one will stick with me for a long time.

  6. this is so pretty! great use for washi tape, I might have to make one!

  7. Oh and my email is [email protected]

  8. Um…My family learned that I was learning to sew, and a couple of different people gave me some fabric and sewing stuff. one of those people are in the hospital right now, so I gave her a embroidery bag I made, and 4 or 5 yards of fabric and a quilting book. I hope it made her feel better, but she is so sick, she probably still hasn’t even looked at the stuff. Thanks for the chance!

  9. Our YW group did a Random Acts of Christmas Kindness in December. It was fun to see them change their perspective on the little things they could do that make someone else’s day.
    I am going to find someone who needs a random act! Thanks for the motivation.
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  10. I didn’t even know that Michael’s had washi tape! Off I go….

  11. Adorable gift!! I just crafted it forward this week – making baby items for our local Y’s campaign to raise funds for those not able to afford the Y programs.

  12. LOVE this frame…and love the idea of crafting a random act of kindness too!
    I was at Michaels once and one of the employees came up and gave me a $25 gift card…they were celebrating “random act of kindness day”…how cool is that!!

  13. I lovelovelove your blog!! I am actually planning on going to Michaels today!! I am going to pick something up to make for my Uncle for this week! I’d never heard of this craft forward until I read your blog- so thank you! I think it’s a wonderful idea! Your blog is such an inspiration. I love crafting SOO much & do it almost everyday, but I don’t have many friends who share the interest- so reading your blogs are such a treat! Thanks & keep up the beautiful crafts!!


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  14. So fun! I bet your sister is going to love it – my daughter just moved from the “all three girls together” room to her own room – maybe she needs a cute new frame in her room! Thanks for sharing, Jess!

  15. Such a cute idea!

    I have a friend who sends me handmade cards a couple of times a year. They always pick me up!

    mmchampion (at) gmail (dot) com

  16. Confession: I’ve never used Washi tape. This would be a perfect starter for me. Thanks for the inspiration–I think I’ll try to make something for the ladies I VT. 😀

  17. My random act of kindness was sending some edible valentines cake toppers to a really talented lady 🙂

  18. YES! Loving doing RAOK for people at grocery stores. Paying for the person behind me…yes ALL their groceries. Sometimes it is just a few dollars, sometimes MORE. Either way, their face and joy is priceless!
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  19. This isn’t crafty but whenever we go across the Mackinac Bridge we pay the bridge toll for the person behind us. I love your crafty frame! My email is [email protected].

  20. What a fab frame tutorial!!! I love washi tape….and look for various crafts to use my ‘stash’ on!! This is great! I have to get to Michael’s to find these frames—hopefully kid-less! I can dream, right?? lol

  21. Love this idea for the frame! Someone stopped me outside of Target the other day to let me know that my pack of diapers had rolled off the bottom of the cart and right outside the doors. I would have gotten all the way to the car without realizing it, I’m sure of it! Considering that we were ALL out at home, that was definitely a kindness!

  22. Great little craft! Perfect for little ones too! Just posted on Craft Gossip:)


  23. Umm, this frame idea is totally GENIUS!!! Love the colors and patterns 🙂


  24. This is really very nice. Very Crafty. An easy way to add new decor to a room. And I love the name of your site. Thanks for the post, I can’t wait to see what else you have up your sleeve. 🙂

  25. This is SO cute! I love the colors, and the combination of tapes. And of course the flowers and quote make it perfect. =) Lucky you to have a Michael’s so close… mine is almost an hour away!
    I love random acts of kindness. =) Surprising people is so fun! My favorite received was a gift card with a sweet note from a stranger at Jack-In-The-Box, while on our honeymoon. =)

  26. Such a cute idea for those wooden frames! Love this!!

  27. Craft it Forward… awesome. And par for the course I’m behind the curve. Maybe next week can be craft it forward (or backward) for those in the slow track ….me. hgreendesigns@gmail

  28. I wandered around work the other day with pounds of candy, and surprised everyone with a nice treat the other day 🙂

    thanks for the giveaway!

  29. I have a wooden frame ready to do this!!

  30. I love this! I made a frame sort of like this, but haven’t even posted about it because I just feel like it doesn’t look super-neat like yours… maybe some Mod Podge will do the trick! : )

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist

  31. Dot Freel says

    Love this idea and made one. Wish I could attach a photo.


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