Easy no-sew fabric-matted photo

Written by editor Nicole Bennett of Gidget Goes Home.

One of my favorite things about moving into a new home is decorating the walls. I recently saw Ashley Ann from Under the Sycamore say on Instagram that her husband commented about her not liking white space on the walls. That’s definitely me, too.

My husband often makes similar comments to me, but the truth is there is just too much beautiful artwork and too many adorable photos of my kids out there for me to refrain from filling my walls with them. And that doesn’t even count the two guitars and two ukuleles I’m planning to hang up soon.

This time around I decided to take down one of the paintings from the girls’ room– I’m just not that into it anymore. After changing a few things from frame to frame and was left with a frame that I love and a photo that I love, but unfortunately in differing sizes.

I considered getting a new mat made (but that would mean a trip to Michaels and forking over some dough), or making my own “mat,” out of scrapbook paper (which might look a little cheesy), but finally decided on using some fabric (that coordinates with the girls’ valance!) from my stash (currently stored in my upstairs coat closet) to make my own fabric-mat. I love how it turned out!

Here’s how I did it (it’s pretty basic, but I thought I’d give you the step-by-step anyway).

1. Find an old frame– awww, look at those cute college-age kiddos… memories.

2. Find fabric and take out the cardboard backing from in the frame.

3.-4. Pull the fabric taut around the cardboard, and tape down. I used painter’s tape that I had lying around. Make sure to try to pull evenly so your fabric stays even on the front.

5. Center your photo. I used an 8×10 photo on an 11×14 piece of cardboard.

6. Attach the photo. I glued mine down with Decou-Page. Just a tiny drop of glue will suffice since the frame will hold it in place. If I were being super careful, I would make sure to use something acid-free (I just used what I had on hand).

7. Put your fabric-matted photo back in the frame with the glass. Hang up and enjoy how beautiful it is! Aren’t my two girls just precious?

Have you done any creative photo-matting?

About Nicole

Nicole can be found blogging at her lifestyle blog GidgetGoesHome.com, and is the editor of Simple Homemade. She loves to read, sew, make ice cream, take pictures, watch baseball and go for walks by the beach with her hubby and three little kiddos. She loves anything handmade and is affectionately known as a bit of a hippie among family and friends.


  1. I recently did a frame make over as well, except I just painted the frame (an old wooden one that just looked dated) with some paint I had hanging around. Picked up an 8×8 print at Costco and voila! New art for the walls for under $1! =)
    Slowly but surely I’m filling up my white space too.

  2. Very cute!
    I should do this in my living room! I have plain white paper behind a few photos (boring!)

  3. We’ve recently bought some inexpensive canvases in various sizes and let our 3 year old create art for our walls. Since the canvases are wrapped around boards, they’re 3D and are fine (for us) without a frame. I love the color he uses and his interesting designs. At some point I may cover them with white paint again and let him create new paintings…we’ll see!

  4. My favorite homes to be in are homes filled with gorgeous pictures of their family or children. God’s miracles are much more beautiful than art – in my opinion.

  5. ASTRIT, there were workshops in England last year and the year before.

  6. “First, let me say, thank God for unions; organizing is the only way to stop the “Wal-mart” mentality of universities toward their part-time faculty. “

  7. Hero? Wow. hehe…thanks for the kudos. Glad you’re finding it valuable!

  8. Glenn, your the man. To bad the industry is full of wankers who haven’t had an original thought in their lives and rehash the same ‘ol same ‘ol. Had a principal fly a” Knuckle Head” up from Sydney to put the entire team down. There are many losers out there masquerading as motivational gurus but to brutalise the sales team is quite idiotic. Not in the game now but you remind me to be open to suggestion and new ideas.

  9. I’m truly speechless. Detail’s that pop in these pictures are breathtaking. You guys have a true born talent. Amazing work!

  10. presence whenever you sport one!


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