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How to Make Photo Mats from Craft Wood!

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Boy – it has been busy lately! My parents just flew in for Canadian Thanksgiving and we spent the entire weekend eating turkey and pie and reading magazines and blogs and it was awesome. It was also Dan’s birthday last week…and then I had an unfortunate mishap with my phone that involved clumsy me, a staircase and a smashed screen. (Oy. It’s expensive to be clumsy!!) And then, of course, it’s Monthly DIY Challenge time! This month, I’m showing you how to make photo mats from craft wood!

Here are the supplies I used:

New to the Monthly DIY Challenge (MDIYC)? Basically we get together with other Home and Decor bloggers on the second Wednesday of each month and we all create something using the same item or following the same theme!

I started with a set of white frames I got at the thrift store for a dollar a piece. They had mats in them, but they were clearly for a child’s room because they were pink and baby blue.

Supplies for Craft Wood Photo Mats

First thing I did was measure those original mats against my thin plywood and cut it down to size. From there, some of the edges were a bit jagged and imperfect. So I smushed them into my vice top and sanded them down. Sand Down the Edges of the Mats

I traced out the photo inserts using the original mats as a guide. Then I used my jigsaw to cut out the holes. Trace the openings for the photosI had a couple of square photos, so I decided to offset those for interest sake. They are 4″x4″ and I cut the hole to be 3.75″ square. Use a jigsaw to cut the photo mats

This was my first time really using my jigsaw for anything intricate and my lines weren’t exactly ‘perfect’. I overcame that rookie flaw by wrapping my photo mats with black and white polka dot Washi Tape! I actually think it kicks them up a notch and I love them!

Craft Wood Photo Mats with Washi Tape Borders

Craft Wood Photo Mats Close Up

They can hang on a wall or sit on a table top or ledge. I think I might put them in our sunroom somewhere. I can’t really decide. Craft Wood Photo Mats Full View

I opted to not put the photo frame glass back in for two reasons. One – it made the back of the frame fit badly and two – it created a glare that took away from the texture of the wood mat. Craft Wood Photo Mats in Thrift Store Frames

For sake of a few dollars and a couple hours of DIY’ing – I’m pretty happy with how this project turned out!Craft Wood Photo Mats Top Down Angle

Don’t forget it’s a DIY Challenge! So head over to these other fab blogs to see what they were able to create this month using craft wood 🙂

Peace out peeps!

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Amanda @ Dwelling in Happiness

Monday 26th of October 2015

I love these!! What a fun idea, I never would have thought to use balsa wood as photo mats. You're a genius! :)


Thursday 22nd of October 2015

These frames are really cute! I can't saw a straight line with my jigsaw either, the washi tape solution is genius!! Hugs,


DIY Passion

Thursday 22nd of October 2015

Phew! So glad I'm not alone in the 'no straight lines' thing... haha... it's harder than it looks! Thank you for the kind words :)

Katie @ Little House of Four

Wednesday 14th of October 2015

Look at you using all those power tools! These are perfect and I love that you made your own mats and added the fun washi tape. Great job!

Sarah @ Little Red Brick House

Wednesday 14th of October 2015

How cuuute are these!?! I love the addition of the washi tape, too! What a fun way to display your best memories. :)

Christina @ Operation Home

Wednesday 14th of October 2015

What a great idea! I would've never thought to make mats out of plywood! They came out so cute!! :)

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