How to Mat and Frame Artwork

Finding artwork you love is a lengthy and expensive process. Make custom art using anything flat, from a vintage album cover to a page from a book or magazine.

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Materials Needed:

  • picture frame
  • mat board
  • metal straight edge
  • utility knife
  • tape
  • pencil
  • measuring tape
  • art book, postcard, etc

Find Your Artwork

Lay your knife on the outside edge of the page you want to cut from your book. Score the page enough to lightly cut it without cutting through multiple pages. Pull the page from the book.

Measure and Cut Mat

Measure the size of the opening you want your page to have. Have a local craft store cut the mat board to your measurements or you can also cut the mat yourself with a metal straight edge and utility knife.

Tape the Back

Lay the page face down on a clean work surface. Apply a long piece of tape on the top of the page, with only half the width of the tape overlapping the paper.

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