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??
I was trying to determine how to Create a Custom Mat for Framing Your Vintage Photo’s when I was suddenly inspired. 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 simple steps to create a custom mat for framing vintage photos
See how to hang a gallery wall perfectly every time here.
- Copy Paper and a Copy Machine
- Exacto Knife
- Mod Podge
- Brown Paint
- Small Paint Brush
The Custom Mat was perfect for framing a vintage photo
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.
Additional Art and Photography Tips
- 5 Simple Tips To Hang Art Perfectly every Time
- How To Hang A Gallery Wall Without Mistakes
- 19 Ways To Up-cycle Vintage Picture Frames
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.
Saturday 3rd of July 2021
This is fantastic. I love the idea and will definitely be borrowing it!
Tuesday 6th of July 2021
Elle, I'm so glad you like this. thanks for stopping by.
Friday 3rd of July 2020
I enjoyed your project. Very nice. Only one correction in your article. Perhaps we differ on the costs of materials, but I do not feel that “standard mats are inexpensive”. I usually try to find a inexpensive frames with a nice mat at Goodwill. A really good way to buy your craft materials (regular items you can turn into crafts) is to go to thrift stores.
Friday 3rd of July 2020
Thanks so much! That’s a great idea and I’ve done that before as well. I only purchase new when they are 50% off at Hobby Lobby. Usually pay 2-3 dollars at the most.
I appreciate your input and look forward to sharing more projects with you!