DIY Patterned Picture Mats

Posted on January 5, 2014
Hi Everyone! I hope you are all having a good Sunday! It’s another cold day here on the East Coast, but the weather this weekend made it the perfect time to re-organize some things at home, finish up some projects I had started a long time ago, and get started on some new ones! I wanted to share one of them with you today. These DIY Patterned Picture Mats are so easy to make, and are a great way to dress up your framed pictures. I used a fun gray zebra print pattern for my mats, to use with white picture frames and black and white photos, but you could make them as fun and colorful as you like, and even make holiday themed ones (hint: Valentine’s Day is coming up!) Here’s how you can make these…
Plain store-bought picture mats
Patterned paper (scrapbook paper or wrapping paper)
Ruler, pencil, scissors
Glue stick (or double sided tape)
To make these mats, first place the plain mat on top of the decorative paper (both face up) and draw around the mat (also around the picture opening of the mat). Then, measure the width of the beveled edge on the mat (mine was 1mm) and add that measurement to your traced mat on the decorative paper. Carefully cut it out, and lay it on top of the mat to make sure that the decorative paper fits perfectly, that the lines are straight and that it doesn’t cover the beveled edge. Then, glue it onto the mat using a glue stick, then go over it to make sure there are no bubbles or creases (You can place it under some heavy books if you want to make sure it’s stuck on well!)
Happy Crafting, Everyone!

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  • Julia Nyanyo January 6, 2014 at 4:48 am

    I love how these came out and so quick and easy! (although you must have a steady hand as your cutting out is REALLY neat!) The options are almost endless aren’t they?

  • Zainab Mansaray January 6, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    This is so cute! I love how easy they are. So pretty and lots of potential for customizing

  • Laura January 7, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Great idea! So do-able:) I think I have some of those mats. . . I’ll give this a try. Thanks!

  • Accidentally Wonderful January 8, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    So cute! I’d love it if you’d link this up to my very first linky party!

  • Elizabeth F January 8, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    I love those mats! So simple, but big impact. I do need to get on the ball and hang some pictures…I’ll probably be using this idea!
    Elizabeth @ Real Inspired

  • Tammy Snider January 10, 2014 at 12:13 am

    Great idea, I love how these look! found you over at The Shabby nest.
    Tammy @ the colored door

  • Athena at Minervas Garden January 10, 2014 at 12:56 am

    What a pretty idea for creating a creative mat for pictures–I like it!

  • Marie Blackburn January 10, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Great tip Maria – I’m so doing this!! Glad I found your link at the Flaunt It Friday party.

  • Megan Willis January 10, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Cute and simple. The perfect project! 😀

  • Sumo @ Sumo's Sweet Stuff January 11, 2014 at 12:14 am

    What a great idea! I love how it adds a pop of pattern! I’ll be featuring this on my blog tomorrow.

    Thanks for linking up to the Block Party!

  • Kathryn Ferguson Griffin January 13, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    I love this! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to this week’s party. Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  • Christy James January 14, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    What a great way to update existing pictures!! XO

  • Jessi @ Practically Functional January 16, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    What an awesome idea, perfect for updating a boring wall! Just stopping by to pin this, and let you know I featured it on my blog today; thanks for sharing at Creativity Unleashed!

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