January is the month of many special days – New Year’s day festivities and several family members’ birthdays! My father-in-law really likes woodie cars (cars with the wood paneling on the sides), so I wanted to try my hand at drawing one and making a card for him! It ended up turning into a print instead – here are the steps to get the printable framed and DIY “matted” on a budget!
What you’ll need:
- Happy Birthday Print (from my Etsy shop!)
- Thick cardstock in a contrasting color
- Rustic frame (I got mine from Daiso for less than $5 – there isn’t any glass, so the “glass” part is actually a thick-ish plastic film)
Step 1: Turn the frame around and remove the backing.
Step 2: Cut your print to fit inside the frame, with ~1″ margin so the backing will show! I did that (forgot to document the steps, heh) and then used the paper that you find inside the frame to mark the border for how big the matte backing should be. Mark it with a pencil and…
Step 3: Cut it out!
Step 4: Prep your tape. You can mark where you want the print to lay on the backing with a pencil if you want to be precise. Roll up pieces of tape (or use double-sided tape, I just didn’t have any on hand) and attach the happy birthday print to the mat!
Step 5: (Briefly) admire your handiwork.
Step 6: Place the print into the frame, and then place the frame backing inside and push the prongs in!
Ta-da! That’s how you can make your own “DIY” mat for an art print!
Here’s how else you can style the print – don’t you love how cute it looks, just chilling on a clipboard?
And a last picture showing the completed product! Trying to take a picture of something with a reflective surface is no joke, folks! I realized I should have just removed it to take pictures and then put it in later, but it didn’t hit me until it was too late. And wrestling those prongs open again is out of the question at that point! I love how this print is rustic – I scanned the watercolor woodie car and touched it up, then wrote the “happy birthday” to add in later. It’s simple, but classic! And most importantly, my father-in-law seemed to like it, from what I saw on FaceTime when my husband surprised him for his birthday at his house!
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