Saturday, January 23, 2010

Fabric Mat your Photos!!

Hope you guys are having a great weekend!!  I wanted to show you all a quick, cheap and so chic way to mat your own photos.  I used this method with fabric for my photo wall but I thought I would change it up a bit and use burlap for this demo... yeah:)

 

Your first step will be to take the backing off of your frame.  This method is great for wall frames because the back is a bit messy but if you are doing a table frame you may want to clean your edges up a bit more than I did.  Lay your backing on your fabric.




Cut around your backing leaving about 1/2" all around.




Use your hot glue gun to attach two opposite sides first.







Now attach your other sides using the hot glue and you are ready for your photo.

I like to change my photos out often so this step makes that very simple.  Just use photo safe tape and add a few pieces to the back of your photo.




Find the center of your fabric covered backing and place the picture down on that... I use the old "eyeball" method to find center.




Replace your glass and add your newly matted picture and you are finished.  With just a few steps and even less dollars we have taken this...




To this...
















Hope you guys like it!  These steps are a great way to use those unwanted frames you have hiding out and create several that coordinate to form a fun, custom photo wall.  Get creative!!

Also, for those of you that asked what blue I used on the crackle frame...

Folkart Acrylic Seamist

Thanks!!!



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23 comments:

mary said...

LOvE LoVe lOvE this ;)

DeeDee said...

I am inspired again.....love your ideas and tuts alot..I would love to seeyour houses...lol...I would be in heaven...have a good weekend...

~Country Lady~ said...

Splendid idea! Such inspiration...you never cease to amaze me. Thank you!!

Shelia said...

What a cute idea! I just love this and your little subject is a little doll!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Caroline said...

This is super cute. Love the frame and the burlap mat. Simple to do, but what a difference. Thanks so much for posting this!

Chic Mama said...

Oh- I love! Very nice! Thanks for the great idea! I think I need to buy me some crackel and burlap!

jaimeparis said...

Oh this is really nice! Wonderful combination,
Hugs. Erika

Molly said...

Beautiful & STYLISH! LOVE it! : )

Christine said...

Love it!! That crackle finish is really fantastic! I did the ol' burlap & double-sided stick tape w/ this project last week. Check it out :) http://thiscraftychick.blogspot.com/2010/01/hang-it-up.html

Cindy said...

That is really lovely and so simple, thanks for showing us how to do it. Hugs, Cindy S

Stacey said...

Your timing on this was great, as I am getting ready to decorate a very plain frame to encase a hair bow holder for my daughter today! Woohoo!!!
-Stacey

Kim said...

A thousand times better. The distressing on the frame is just yummy.

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

Really cute. Another way for me to use my burlap! Love it!

Marie@PoutyPinkPrincess said...

I love this! What a great idea!!

Nancy said...

Lucky me! The matting project. And, I have about 100 burlap bags. Perfect.

Joy McDaniel said...

super cute! For table top frames cut a cereal box for the size of the back of the frame and glue the fabric to that and vola no mess on the back.

Susie from Bienvenue said...

How cute!!! Thanks for the shout out too ;)

Jennifer said...

I'm giving away a little sumthin'-sumthin' on my blog, come see me!

Reese said...

Ooo-la-la. I was just trying to think of some unique picture frame ideas. This is wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

Heather@ theherberfamily.blogspot.com said...

I love how you painted the frame itself, it's gorgeous!

Please feel free to add these to Talented Tuesdays at My Frugal Family!

http://theherberfamily.blogspot.com/2010/01/talented-tuesday.html

Tisha said...

I love the idea. Maybe its just my computer, but there are no instructions for the frame and I REALLY want to know how to do it! Am I missing something?

Wanda Owensby said...

Love it. The frame looks amazing, also.

Jenni @ nest to keep said...

Oh, your framed picture is AMAZING! I have used fabric before behind pictures but never used burlap and I love the way yours looks! I have to also say that I love the color you chose for the frame and how you distressed it! Oh.Must.Copy.Soon! :) Thanks so much for sharing this!

Have a beautiful weekend! :)

 
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