I adore the cool, coastal-inspired colors of summer. Combine these colors in vellum on this pretty DIY photo mat – the results are gorgeous!
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: like a gorgeous DIY photo mat! Let’s get started . . .
DIY Photo Mat
- 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.
Step 2: Using a paper cutter, cut vellum into 1 inch squares. I used about half of the vellum for this project.
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.
Step 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.