Last year I found some pretty seashell prints on Etsy for $10 each that I had purchased for our bedroom. I made the matting with a piece of poster board from the dollar store and a scrap piece of burlap. By using frames I already had and making my own matting this was an easy and inexpensive way to spruce up the walls.
Several months ago I found a pair of bird prints for $3 each at SuzAnna’s Antiques in Raleigh. I loved the price tag and how they tied in with the colors and other bird accents throughout our family room.
I had no plans to buy new frames, instead I searched through my stash of old pictures in the garage. Having no luck finding a pair that would work I thought about my seashell pictures. The black frame and natural color matting tied in perfectly with the bird prints. I thought this would be easy, just put the new print over the old one and call it a day. But, unfortunately the prints were too big for the for the 8×10 opening.
Making the matting was easy to do, but it does take some time and effort. At the time I was not up for making new matting just to fit the larger size of the new prints. So, I came up with a solution by laying the print on top of the matting. I then added some velvet ribbon that I found a Michael’s for a few dollars to frame it out and give it a more finished look.
The ribbon is simply held in place on the back with a few pieces of tape. So, in those summer months when I feel like adding a little ocean inspired decor to the room I can easily switch back to the seashell prints.
Have a wonderful weekend!