Hi guys, it’s Kelly from Here Comes the Sun. Today I’m going to show you a easy way to make your own DIY Photo Mat. If you’re like me, you have lots of pictures and frames but none of them seem to match up quite right. Or maybe you have a photo but only want to display a small portion of it. A custom DIY Photo Mat can solve this problem and allow you to create a unique gallery wall no matter what size frame or picture you have.

DIY Photo MatYou will need:
Photo or item that is being framed
4 pieces 8.5×11 paper
A piece of cardboard or whatever you are using for your mat
Exacto knife
Picture frame

First, decide what area of the photo you want to show. I am using a piece of scrapbook paper with beach words to go with my new coastal themed bedroom.

Photo Mat TutorialUsing the 8.5×11 paper, “frame” the area that you want visible. Tape the pieces of 8.5×11 paper together.

DIY Photo MatNext, take whatever you are using as a photo mat and place a mark in the exact center. My mat was 11×14 so I measured 7″ down and 5.5″ across. Make all the markings on the back of your mat.

Photo Mat TutorialPlace your mat under the pieces of 8.5×11 paper, making sure your mark is in the exact center. Trace the outline onto your mat.

Photo Mat TutorialUsing an exacto knife, carefully cut the opening into your mat.

DIY Photo MatTurn your mat over, place it on top of your photo and then place into your picture frame.

DIY Photo Mat TutorialBy making your own photo mats, you can create endless combinations of sizes and colors.

DIY Photo MatWant another photo project? Check out my DIY Photo CanvasDIY Photo Canvas

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