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CSS: How to make a cool border animation

devlorenzo profile image DevLorenzo ・Updated on ・2 min read

Hello World! New episode of the series - A CSS/JS trick in 5 minutes.
I did an article about CSS slow border animations and I wanted to do a follow-up. I will now explain to you how to do a more engaging and advanced border animation


We do not need to excessively style our container, we just give it padding, a border, and if you want (recommended) a border-radius. You can after insert everything you need in the div (or make it act as a button):

#container {
  border-radius: 10px;
  padding: 35px;
  width: 380px;
  overflow: hidden;
  padding: 2rem;
  animation: borderSpin 5s ease infinite;
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Inside of container style, we add a :after and :before.

 &::before {
    content: "";
    z-index: -2;
    left: -50%;
    top: -50%;
    width: 200%;
    height: 200%;
    background-color: #399953;
    background-repeat: no-repeat;
    background-size: 50% 50%, 50% 50%;
    background-position: 0 0, 100% 0, 100% 100%, 0 100%;
    background-image: linear-gradient(#399953, #399953),
      linear-gradient(#fbb300, #fbb300), linear-gradient(#d53e33, #d53e33),
      linear-gradient(#377af5, #377af5);
    animation: rotate 4s linear infinite;
  }

  &::after {
    content: "";
    position: absolute;
    z-index: -1;
    left: 6px;
    top: 6px;
    width: calc(100% - 12px);
    height: calc(100% - 12px);
    background: white;
    border-radius: 5px;
  }
}
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That's a lot of things, just notice that we are giving a colorful background to the container and with the animation we will make the border moving. You can play around with background size, position, colors, calc, radius...


In reality the animation part is very easy:

@keyframes rotate {
  100% {
    transform: rotate(1turn);
  }
}
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We are just rotating the background.


I have done 8 animation examples for you (open the link for a complete experience).

Live preview: - Check quick animation part


Hope this helped and thanks for reading!

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InHuOfficial

These aren't border animations though :-P

Nice article all the same so have a 💓 from me

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DevLorenzo Author

Thanks 😊