Design Detail: Fabric Photo Mats

We can all go out and buy a photo frame and mat at any retail store, but here’s a great idea to customize it to your home décor by wrapping the mat in fabric.  It is this month’s Design Detail, which is where I highlight a quick DIY project on a budget. So simple and so effective!

Notice the two frames above the desk have a fuchsia mat with a pattern. This was achieved by picking out a fabric that coordinated with the room’s color scheme. Whether your mat is rectangle or square, first cut the fabric one inch larger than the dimensions of the mat all the way around. Place your fabric, pattern side down, on a table and then the front side of the mat on top. Second, take a sharp blade and score the inside dimensions of fabric visible through the mat opening in a criss-cross diagonal. If done correctly, you will have four triangles at this point that will fold back onto itself creating a sharp finish on the inside corners that are visible from the front of the mat. Finally, adhere the fabric to the mat with spray adhesive and fold the excess on the back and secure with tape. Easy as that!

Once you place the fabric mat inside the frame you will have a custom look for a fraction of the cost.