Nope, not wood molding. Paper.
Just as you would cut miter joints in wood to make a frame, you can miter paper to create a frame on a layout or give an actual frame a face lift.
When I first did this, I devised a method of making the cuts so that the corners would fit perfectly together. It’s possible that this method has been around since the dawn of paper and I just haven’t run across it. If you own the patent to this technique, please forgive me and know that I’m simply ignorant of it.
First, cut two strips of paper the length & width of the long sides, and two strips the length & width of the short sides. You should have four strips of paper total. (I don’t mean to insult your mathematical aptitude; I’m just trying to be clear.)
Take one long piece and one short piece, and apply a bit of adhesive to the top of the very end of one of the pieces. For this first step, it doesn’t matter which one.
Place the second piece perpendicular to the first one (creating a 90-degree angle), and overlap the ends. The overlapping section should form a square. Press lightly so that they stick together.
Use scissors to cut from the inside corner to the outside corner.
You’ll be left with two little scraps (discard) and two 45-degree angles that match up nicely when placed together.
Repeat for the other three corners of the frame, working clockwise and setting aside the pieces in order so that you can reassemble them correctly. I typically lay down the pieces in such a way as to “build” the frame as I go, because I usually have 6.4 distractions for every five minutes I’m engaged in a project. It’s easier to come back and remember what I’ve done that way.
Use your favorite adhesive to adhere your strips.
And there you have it!
A brand new look.