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DIY Photo Mat Hack

DIY Photo Mat Hack || Oh Lovely Bows

Hello Friday! Today I am sharing a super simple post with you…it’s not even a tutorial, generic viagra viagra really. Just a thing I did that helped me from searching forever to find frames that fit my awkward (but beautiful) sized prints from Rifle Paper Co. These prints are 8X10. And most (all?) frames are for 8.5X11. So yah. Nothing fit. Nothing fit for so long that I’ve kept these prints in their original plastic packaging from when I got them about THREE years ago. A long time! I have been slowly decorating our home since we moved in April, best viagra online and I wanted to update our bathroom – and these prints are the perfect thing for the bathroom! But no frames = not so good to hang up in a moist room. See the dilemma?

So, I decided to make my own matting (because it’s expensive everywherrrreeee) and put these prints in a regular sized frame, finally. Here’s what I did!

DIY Photo Mat Hack || Oh Lovely Bows

You will need poster paper, a ruler, an exacto knife, a mat to cut on and whatever frame and prints you are using. I bought my frames at ikea for about $3 each!

DIY Photo Mat Hack || Oh Lovely Bows

DIY Photo Mat Hack || Oh Lovely Bows

To do this, use the backing of the frame as the size you want for the outside edge of the matting, and trace the shape onto your poster paper. Once traced and cut out, place your print on top of the rectangular (8.5X11 sized) poster paper and mark the four corners of the print. Try to get the print into the middle of the cut out poster paper. Then, decide how thick you want your matting to be and using the marked ‘corners’ as your reference, with a ruler draw a smaller rectangular shape onto the poster paper. Once traced, cut out the inside rectangle with your exacto knife. It should be smaller than your print, so that once cut out, the edges will cover the edges of the print as the photo above shows. I chose my matting to be about a 1/2 inch thick so it wouldn’t cover up too much of the print but it covered enough of it that it looked centered in my frame.

DIY Photo Mat Hack || Oh Lovely Bows

Once you’ve finished the first one, use it as your template to make as many mats as needed.

DIY Photo Mat Hack || Oh Lovely Bows

DIY Photo Mat Hack || Oh Lovely Bows

Tape your mat (with non abrasive tape) on top of your print and then place it on your frames backing (with more tape if needed) and put your frame back together, and you’re done!

DIY Photo Mat Hack || Oh Lovely Bows

DIY Photo Mat Hack || Oh Lovely Bows

Easy peasy! A perfect weekend project for any of those prints, pictures or whatever may be an awkward size and is just sitting around collecting dust! Go buy a cheap frame and make your own matting, it is a total cost saver and can be a good way to get that art up in your home :)))

Happy Friday!

xo

Cori Anne

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