When I decided to frame some old Vintage Photographs, I quickly found that a standard white mat would never do. Since we are in the middle of our to stay at home order, I knew getting a custom mat was going to be impossible. So what to do, what to do??
As I was looking at the photos, I noticed how the back was lined and aged. That’s when an idea struck. Do you struggle with what to do with old family photographs? Click here to see my post on a creative way to display your treasures.
Photocopy the back of the photograph
What could be more appropriate to frame an old photo? I just copied the back of the photographs from different angles and then used the copies to create my custom mat.
Here are the simple steps.
Now let the mat completely Dry
Once the mat was dry, I applied a second coat of mod podge with a touch of brown paint added.
I hope you enjoyed this simple tutorial. As I was finishing this project, I thought of several applications for this technique. You can use any decorative paper, photo copy or napkin to create custom mats. You can purchase standard mats inexpensively making this a cost effective project. I’d love to see what you come up with.
Be sure to see the whole gallery wall this project inspired here.
Thank you so much for stopping by. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. Your comments are always appreciated.