I’ve been slooooowly but surely revamping my craft room. Woot! Recently, I revealed my WorkBox 3.0 that I’m using to store and organize all of my supplies. I also shared the colorful gallery wall that is jazzing up a blank wall (and serving up some serious inspiration).
Today I’ve got all the details on a sparkly element of that gallery wall goodness….how to create your own DIY picture frame mats from glitter cardstock! It was such an easy and inexpensive project but it made a huge impact!
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DIY Picture Frame Mats from Glitter Cardstock
- Frames (I used three inexpensive 12″ x 12″)
- 12″ x 12″ sheets of glitter cardstock (or scrapbook paper)
- Art prints or photographs
- Silhouette Cameo (or another digital cutter like a Cricut) or just a ruler & X-Acto knife
I was hooked up big time with these three gorgeous art prints by Erin Condren (you can read more about them in my gallery wall post). I knew I wanted them to be framed and anchor the space, but I also wanted to add in some color and fun….it’s a colorful gallery wall, after all. Glitter mats would do just the trick!
After a trip to Walmart for the cheap frames and then to Hobby Lobby for the glitter cardstock, it was time to get cutting.
Cutting the Glitter Cardstock Sheets
While creating my mockup in Silhouette Studio, I decided to go with a 1″ mat, so that meant I would need to cut out a 10″ square from the middle of each sheet of cardstock.
Yes, that’s really it! Just cutting out a square. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
That’s why you certainly don’t need a fancy digital cutter to knock out this project. Just use a ruler and X-Acto knife and you’re good to go (just make sure you put something down to protect your work surface, like some cardboard or a self-healing cutting mat).
….then finalized my cut settings. I used the default settings for Glitter Cardstock:
- Blade: 6
- Speed: 3
- Thickness: 33
- Double Cut: Checked
Here’s how they all looked once cut. Extra bonus: I still have three 10″ x 10″ sheets left for future projects! Boom.
With that, now all that remained was popping these mats and the art prints into their respective frames, then hanging them on the wall. So simple.
The Final Glitter Picture Frame Mats!
And here’s how the glitter mats look in their frames! Don’t they just look so fabulous up on the gallery wall in my craft room??
The bright colors and all those sparkles really POP against the neutral art prints and gray wall. They turned out just as I’d hoped….and you can’t beat such an easy and inexpensive home decor project!
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