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Prints with Custom Patterned Mats

If you love pattern but don't want to commit to wallpaper, try covering the mats of framed artwork with decorative papers. This idea also unites different types of art, bringing them together as a cohesive display.

Source: Martha Stewart


  • Decorative papers (

  • Frames with mats (

  • Cutting mat

  • Craft knife

  • Ruler

  • Spray adhesive


  1. Lay the decorative paper, then the mat, faceup, on a cutting mat.

  2. Use the knife to cut the paper to the shape of the mat. Remove the mat.

  3. Using the ruler to ensure straight lines, trim the interior cutout a bit more, as indicated by dotted line, so that the mat's beveled edge will be exposed when the mat is covered with the paper.

  4. Adhere paper to mat with spray adhesive, lining up edges carefully. Assemble frame, and hang.

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