Mod Podged DIY photo mat.

Mod Podged DIY photo matHello, Mod Podge fans! It’s Linda here, from burlap+blue, with another tutorial for you! I don’t know about you, but I adore the cool, coastal-inspired colors of summer. Blues, greens, grays-to me, they are so calming, yet so beautiful. When you combine those colors with the watery, stained-glass look of vellum, you get something truly amazing! Let’s get started . . .

Mod Podge Gloss
paper cutter
photo mat
foam brush

Step 1: Gather your materials. I found my vellum at Hobby Lobby, and purchased the frame from Michaels. I chose four different colors of vellum-the blue and white are more transparent, and the gray and green are more on the opaque side.

vellum mat tutorialStep 2: Using a paper cutter, cut vellum into 1 inch squares. I used about half of the vellum for this project.

vellum mat tutorial Ahh…aren’t those colors pretty? I’m feeling calmer already :)

Step 3: Take the vellum squares and your Mod Podge, and adhere the vellum to the mat. For the first layer, I pretty much just lined them up, letting them overlap slightly. The image below shows the mat after my first layer of squares.

vellum mat tutorialStep 3: I wanted a little more translucence and randomness to the mat, so I went back and added about a dozen more squares of vellum randomly to the mat. I used all white and blue pieces (the more translucent pieces), to get more of the stained-glass look I was going for. I then added one coat of Mod Podge to seal.

And there you have it! I adore the watery, transparent look of the piece. Instead of a photo, I framed up one of my very favorite summertime quotes.

Mod Podged DIY photo matThank you so much for letting me share with you all today! You can find lots of other tutorials and inspiration on my blog, my facebook page, on pinterest or on twitter! Have a lovely day!


  1. Joanne Hughes says

    i would like to know how to glue the buttons on the letter i saw on one of the boards on pinterest . i can’t figure it out. my letter happens to be a ” P “. thank you very much.Joanne