Even after living in our house for about 2.5 years, we still have plenty of blank walls and little nooks that would look much better with a piece of art. This little corner in our kitchen was one of them. With my new and bright plant stand finished I decided it was time to get on it already and hang something on this little sliver of wall. The only requirement was that I wanted to spend zero dollars.
Every time I buy frames or get frames at thrift stores and they come with a mat I don’t need, I always save it. Same goes for cardstock that comes with frames or anything else. I just know that eventually I’ll have a use for it. That’s exactly what happened here. I took a trip over to the closet in our spare room/workout room (calling it that is completely laughable since we haven’t had time to work out in it in weeks and it is currently just a dumping ground for any item we don’t feel like dealing with at the time) and picked up a piece of spare grey cardstock, a white mat from a smaller frame, and a brass thrift store frame I had bought a few months back for a few bucks.
My goal was to go for a double matted look. First, I cut down the cardstock to fit the size of the frame. Then I centered the smaller white mat on top of that and glued it on with some regular old Elmer’s glue. I put some books on the sides to weight it down and keep it from curling up while it dried.
Now that the mat was complete, I needed something to put in there. I bought this really awesome set of Vanity Fair vintage postcards on Amazon a couple of weeks ago. They are the cover art from the magazine from 1913-1936. I am in love with these postcards. I bought them because I was planning on using a group of them for art in my laundry room when it’s finished (which I’m still going to do — we are currently DIYing our hearts out in there right now so stay tuned), but I figured that since it came with 100 of them I could use a few of the others around the house too. They are just too cute. And they are soooo worth the $20 price tag. Such a great deal.
The postcards are 4×6 and the opening in the mat is 5×7 so I just got out some of my trusty washi tape and taped the postcard right in the middle of the opening. Andy was my helper this time around.
Since there is some space you can see a sliver of the grey cardstock behind the postcard too. I really like how the finished product has a textured look. And if I feel like switching out my postcard to a different one it will be super easy since the washi tape will just peel right off.
And there you have it, since I used only materials that I already had on hand I got a framed and matted piece of art without spending any money! But even if you didn’t have everything on hand like I did you could still frame a piece of art this way for only a few bucks with a thrifted frame and mat.
I’m all about making my own mats for frames. It helps everything look not-so-the-same. What about you guys? What are you hanging these days?