Tuesday, February 26, 2013

DIY: How to cover a photo mat with fabric and Mod Podge.

Covering a photo mat with fabric and Mod Podge is easy and a great way to make a customized photo mat in under 1 hour.  This fabric was from Jo-Ann fabrics and it is designed by Waverly.  This was designed for Plaid...check out all our Plaid Projects here.

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You will need:
Decorator fabric
Photo Mat
Mod Podge ® Gloss, 8 oz.
Foam paintbrush
Ribbon trim
Wood frame
FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Wicker White, 8 oz.

 1. Lay the fabric (print side down) flat on your work surface. Trim the fabric so that it is larger than the mat. 1” extra all the way around should be enough.

 2. Apply a coat of Mod Podge to the mat.  Working on the back side of the fabric, place the mat in the center with the Mod Podge facing down.

3. On the backside, add a drop of Mod Podge to each corner and pull back the corner of the fabric. Press into the Mod Podge.

 4. Add a strip of Mod Podge down the side edges and fold back the fabric into the Mod Podge. Smooth with your fingers and make sure the fabric is taut.

5. Using your scissors, cut a slit in the center of the fabric where the mat opening should be. Make slices that lead up to each corner. Trim away excess fabrics if needed.

6. Apply a coat of Mod Podge around the inside edge of the mat. Fold back the fabric and pull taut.

7. On the backside, use Mod Podge to glue the ribbon around the edge of the opening.

8.  Paint the frame with Wicker White paint. Replace the mat into the frame and add a photo.

PROJECT TIP: This same technique can be done with your favorite paper.

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