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today we are adding a little interest to those white frames you have in your home. we ended up using some beautiful patterned paper from our favorite LA paper shop urbanic! this would be a thoughtful gift for a friend, or your mom, or anybody really!

what you’ll need:

• white mat to fit your picture frame
• decorative paper
• spray adhesive
• glue stick
• ruler
• exacto
• pencil

follow these steps (and the animation) to make it yourself!

• cut paper 2 inches larger than you mat in each direction, thereby giving yourself an inch border around each side of your mat.- draw a line with pencil along the length and width of your paper so that you have a guide for gluing.

• spray front of mat with spray adhesive and lay face down of the reverse side of your paper, taking care to line it up along your pencil marks.

• trim outside corners at a 45 degree angles.

• cut the inside of the paper from the mat, giving yourself 1/2 inch of paper along the inside and then cut the corners on a 45 degree angle as well.

• fold the paper around the edges, taking care to smooth paper along the inside beveled edge.

• secure flaps with a glue stick.

and voila…

just like mixing patterns in fashion it works the same way for these frames. oh, and you have to check out this video my boyfriend made for my pal emily henderson on mixing the patterns on your sofa! it’s seriously helpful.

go on now, spice up those frames!

project by: natalie shriver for designlovefest
photos by: kimberly genevieve
more DIY projects here


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    Britney says:

    Absolutely stunning! I’m a graphic designer from Cape Town and I come onto your blog every morning for a bit of inspiration Bri! Thank you so much for posting such wonderful things!

    Brit x


    myseastory says:

    love, love this idea, creative and easy to do!

    That is really a cute idea! And love the paper choice, it looks stunning. Thanks for sharing the idea! Have a beautiful weekend.

    Lindsey says:

    Love this idea! This is one of the first DIYs I’ve ever seen on a blog where I thought, “Ok, I could actually do that.” (I am NOT crafty at all, clearly.) Gonna try it this weekend!

    I adore this idea! All of my frames are from Ikea and I find that their mats are extremely yellow – I will definitely be doing something like this!

    Mel says:

    Loveeedddddddd It! I will definitely do it!

    Morgan says:

    Seriously…you ALWAYS have the cutest posts!
    You have have such a creative/wonderful eye!

    rita says:

    i love this! have tried to do this before but never thought to make the small cuts and fold the inside square… which makes it so much easier and will let it lay perfectly smooth! genius! thanks for sharing.

    Ah I love this! I totally need some funky patterned mats!

    Ada says:

    Wow this is a great idea!! also very cute and stylish!


    LaTrelle says:

    Great post! it’s a cool way to add color pops to a room, also.

    Tianna says:

    Why didn’t I think if this? … So simple and cute. 🙂

    What a great idea! There are so many great paper options out there — you could truly customize this in any way you want! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    Ismérie says:

    SOoOoOo lovely ♥

    look see says:

    Great idea – love it! 🙂

    Queen Mother says:

    Breezy, I bought a delicious pastry when Dad and I were on our Mediterranean Cruise, and the bakery paper was so cute I couldn’t throw it away! Brought it home having no idea what I’d do with it and ended up using it as a mat behind one of the vacation pics I took. So even the mat can be sentimental! : ) Cute post, cupicake! Love, Mommy

    dewi-marie says:

    ooh can’t wait to try this!!! Thanks for sharing!!! 😀

    Such a lovely idea! I like how the colorful background adds joyfulness and fun to regular-sized photos.

    I am loving the DIY right now too! This is a great one!

    Brighton Keller



    Brittany Baker says:

    I adore this post! But where do you find such great frames? I’m having the hardest time finding some that are moderately priced!

    Adrienne says:

    I really love this idea. I’m an artist and framer and spend all day telling people how to frame their favorite photos and art. I love this idea as a way to spice up a classic white frame/white mat combination. I will be sharing this great idea on my art and framing blog, Naked Art. Thanks for the inspiration!

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