How to make a photo mat

By Dana Fox

I love framing photos and displaying them throughout my house, but sometimes I want them to stand out a little better or fit into a certain frame. I’ve purchased custom picture mats before, but it’s super easy to make your own, and you can even use your favourite scrapbook paper for a more custom finish! Scrapbook paper is great for photo projects because it is acid free… so you don’t have to worry about it ruining your images!  Here’s how to create a super quick and incredibly easy photo mat to spice up your wall art!

1. Take the glass out of the frame you wish to use. Place it on your scrapbooking paper or photo mat and trace along the edges.

2. Cut your paper to size using a blade or rotary cutter. It should be the same size as the glass.

3. Flip your paper over and place your photo in the center. Measure from the edge of the paper to the edge of your photo. The measurement should be equal on both adjacent sides. I suggest measuring slightly larger so that when you place your photo in the mat, you don’t have to line it up absolutely perfectly with the edges of the mat. I ended up measuring 1.5″ on each side.

4. Draw your measurement lines on the backside of the paper.

5. Using a thick ruler or the edge of a book as a guide, cut along your guidelines being extra careful not to cut past where the corners meet.

6. Your center area can be saved for another project!

7. Finally, grab your photo, line it up, flip it over and tape the corners to the mat.

8. Finish framing your photo, and you’re done! If you want a mat with more depth, try using a thicker mat or foam board, and angling the blade slightly for a beveled look.

There you go! A photo is instantly transformed and can be displayed proudly in your home!

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Dana Fox
Dana Fox
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I am a country loving Canadian with a mind that never sleeps. When I'm not running the Wonder Forest blog ship, you can find me creating artwork for phone cases and home decor, whilst managing the daily tasks of Dana Fox Creative. Visit me at the links below if you wanna be friends!


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  • Kimberly Bonham

    What a great idea! Looks awesome!

  • Cristi

    I love scrapbooking! It has been a while I don't do albums because it takes a lot of time, but this seems easy and really cute. Thanks for the idea! :)

  • Amber

    simple and cute! Love this.

  • Sophierosehearts

    This is cuteee, i love it :)

    Sophierosehearts x

  • rosieBxxx

    love this :) please visit me at xxxx

  • Stephanie

    I hate when pictures don't fit the frame! This is perfect & you could use it for artwork too.


  • Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted

    Love this idea! I think most store mats aren't fun and attractive anyways so making your own is wayyyy better.

  • Nikkiana

    Great idea!

  • Sarah Mcdougal

    Hi Dana! You have some really great advice and posts on here… I will be visiting frequently! I was hoping that you wouldn't mind checking out my blog as well and following me if you like it.

    Thank you so much,

  • Yanxia Luo

    Awesome idea! love it

  • TheBizarreBirdcage

    i love your blog,
    here are so many inspirations and everything i so peacefull!
    i love everything about it and you have a very unique style bloging and of course your tutorials are great!

    I adore your blog, keep on doing this wonderful thing you do here.
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  • Catarina

    aww this is lovely! great job! <3 x

  • Katie Frank

    i love this dyi <3

  • Tanesha-Marie

    This is such a great idea :)

    Tanesha x

  • Melissa

    Such a cute idea. Thanks for sharing.

    <3 Melissa

  • tasha
  • Emilie

    This is oh so cute! I liked both options though – sometimes clean and crisp is good too!
    xo Emilie @ Hungry Delights

  • Jemma x

    Such a cute idea :) xxx

  • Amanda

    Where is the cute frame from?

  • Shalita Compton

    I couldn't agree with you more. All photos need a matte to look fabulous. Great idea!