Friday, February 14, 2014

Change The Mat Of A Photo Frame Instantly With Wide Ribbon

This is a great DIY project to do when the snow is piled high outside.  

In Pennsylvania we were snowed in yesterday so I got busy re matting some photo frames I have.   Here is what I made:

Using craft supplies I have in the house, I re-covered a plain white frame mat using wide burlap ribbon, another using gift wrap paper, and the last one, I used moss (the glass to that frame broke and had been sitting in my closet for a long time)!  These are quick projects that will give your photos pizazz! 

Make This Ribbon Covered Frame Mat

Time to roll out the ribbon (he he he!)

An ordinary white mat becomes a zig zag sensation when you cover it with this fun chevron burlap ribbon!  

Don't have this ribbon?  NO PROBLEM! Substitute the ribbon in the instructions below with any fabric or beautiful paper!

See how to make this below:

Supplies you will need:

1. 5x7 frame
2. Mat used in a 5x7 frame to hold a 4x6 photo
3. Wide burlap ribbon (I bought this ribbon at Hobby Lobby)
*You can substitute another fabric, or scrapbook paper too!
4. All purpose adhesive spray (I love Scotch Super 77)
5. Scissors

Choose a ribbon that is as wide as your mat or wider like photo above.  
*You can use a different material instead of this burlap ribbon, like a piece of fabric, or patterned paper.  The adhesive spray I listed above will work with most materials!


-Cut excess fabric so it is easier to work with.


-With the mat front side up, spray the adhesive onto it 
*adhesive gets very tacky fast so spray it on a surface that you can easily clean up.


-Place the sprayed side onto the fabric and press down using your fingers.


-Your mat should be stuck to the fabric like this photo below.


-Using your scissors, cut a hole in the center of the fabric and then cut corner to corner, creating an 'X'. 


-Pull back each triangle and cut off the excess fabric that reaches past the mat.  


-Spray the pieces to the mat with the all purpose adhesive glue.  Press down to make sure they stick.


- Cut off the excess fabric around the mat.  Don't worry if the fabric has frayed edges because you won't see them! 

Here is what the mat looks like.  Now pop it back in the frame!

Add your photo and ta da!!!!! So cute!

This is a photo of my Dad in 1964 competing at the Olympic Tryouts (he is a weight lifter).

Here are the two other DIY frame mats I worked on today!  Want to get instructions on how easy it was to do these also?  

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