This post should be called “use what ya got,” because that’s what prompted me to cover these picture mats with fabric in the first place. So, I don’t know how your minds work when you’ve got a project in mind, but my process often goes something like this:
- Saw two silhouette prints for $5 each at the Country Living Fair a few weeks ago. Couldn’t resist them. Didn’t know where they’d go, but figured “I can use them somewhere.”
- Got home and was immediately bugged by our lack of artwork above our bed. Figured, “Hmmmm…didn’t really want to go with a lot of black in here, but those silhouettes I just bought could be kinda funny indicators for His and Her sides of the bed.”
- Dug in basement for frames that could work. Found two that were the perfect size and even were matted to the right size as well. Good omen.
- Had to spray paint the frames black, but I already had the paint, so in my mind, that was another omen.
- Held it all up together and bummer…the shade of the mat was just too beigy. But wait! I was thinking of making some Euro shams with some yellow gingham I had leftover from another project.
- Liked the way that looked a lot so went ahead with project (tutorial below) but now…
- Although I like the pictures a lot, they’re not staying forever. I think they look good, but they’re not the look I wanted for the bedroom. Sigh.
Nevertheless, the technique I used to cover the mats with fabric worked really well and was super-quick. AND, it demonstrates two things I so firmly believe in: 1) using what you already have and 2) having confidence to change something if you don’t like it. So here’s how I did it.
Fabric Covered Picture Mats
Nap Rating = 1 nap for 2 pictures
Tools & Materials
- Picture frame with mat you don’t like
- Spray adhesive
- Hot glue gun
- I had a double mat. The top was beige and the bottom was black. I wanted a black outline around the silhouette, so I separated the two mats carefully. The black one tore a bit, but it didn’t matter because I was covering that up again.
- Place your fabric right side down on a flat surface.
- Spray the right side of the picture mat you want to cover with spray adhesive and place it sticky side down on top of the fabric.
- Cut the fabric out around the mat, leaving about 3/4″ border around all four sides.
- Carefully poke a small hole in the middle of the fabric with your scissors and cut four diagonal slits, one towards each inside corner of the mat. Basically, make a big X.
- Cut out the resulting triangles, leaving about a 1/2″ border on all four sides.
- Notch the outside corners of the fabric.
- Fold up all of the extra fabric and secure with hot glue.
- Glue the fabric-covered mat to the bottom mat once again.
- Reassemble the print and picture mat(s) in the frame and hang!
So there you have it! Two pictures I really like, but not in this room. Ha! They look alright for now. I know I haven’t shared anything about our bedroom, really, so you’ll get its whole story soon.