Patterned Photo Mat


Sometimes you just need a little color in your life. Whether it’s a book with a crazy story, dessert after dinner, or just a fun art project, we all need some color. This little project is how I recently added some to the guest room!

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Supplies Needed: 

  • Mat board
  • Patterned paper to cover mat with
  • Spray adhesive or rubber cement
  • X-Acto knife/scissors
  • Ruler
  • Cutting mat

If your frame didn’t come with a mat to size then you’ll need to cut your store bought one to fit. It’s simple – choose how wide you’d like it and mark it with your ruler. Then use your X-Acto knife or scissors to cut it out.


Spray the back of your patterned paper and the front of your mat with the spray adhesive, and carefully place one side on top of the other to adhere. Smooth out any bubbles.

Use the X-Acto knife and ruler again to cut away the excess paper on the inside from the mat. Tape your photo in place. Then place the mat and photo (mine is just a poster that I painted ‘be still’ on) into the frame, and you’re ready to hang!


Do you have any framed projects going on?

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Bex is Hoosier girl, wifey to Scott, aunt to 7 handsome guys and 2 gorgeous gals, popcorn eater, makeup lover, and target shopper by day. She has a passion for frugally creating pretty things from the inside out and sharing those with others. When she sees a recipe, she instantly wants to know how to make it healthier … unless it’s cake or popcorn then she just wants to eat it. And when she sees a neglected piece of furniture or décor she instantly wants to show it some love and make it as pretty as it used to be. Bex blogs over at Butcher’s Niche about all things cooking, crafting, fashion, beauty, and life.

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