Monday, October 22, 2012

CRAFT: DIY Wood Matting

Today I'm sharing a super easy tutorial on how to make wood matting... no power tools necessary!  (as much as I love using power tools..)  Anyway... I break it down by steps, but in case something doesn't make sense, just shoot us an email and we'll try to help you out!

What you will need:
A frame or an old piece of matting to use as a template
Protractor (to make sure your angles are perfect)
Tape of any kind
Craft Knife
4 pieces of Basswood that are longer than each side of your frame (1 piece for each side)
1 - Measure the length of your frame or matting, and mark that length on your basswood

2 - From the edge of the wood at the point you marked, use your protractor to make a mark at 45 degrees (as shown above)

3 - Use a ruler and pencil to connect the mark at the edge of the wood to your 45 degree mark... follow all the way to the other edge.
4 - Use your craft knife to cut the wood.  Press firmly, but not too much.  It will take a few swipes to break through.
5 - Once you do this with all 4 pieces, making sure the longest side matches the length of the perimeter of your frame/matting, fit your angles together.

5 - Use tape to hold your angles together (I used white duct tape)

6 - Now put your artwork in and frame it!

I can't even tell you how many compliments I get on the originality of this project when people visit my house.  It's so easy and looks so great!

**Disclaimer:  As a result of some not-so-nice comments, I feel inclined to share with you that if you are wanting to display artwork that is of any value, due to the acidity of the wood, this project is not recommended.  My intention in creating this was not to display a Picasso, but a doodle of my own. Perhaps in the future I'll work on a way to remedy this issue.

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  1. You make it appear to so simple that even I could do this. Love the look!

  2. Awesome - this is a perfect idea for a painting of mine I've been trying to matte for awhile. :)

  3. Love this! Especially perfect for white illustrations and prints!

  4. This is really cool! Great idea!!

  5. This is awesome! I can't wait to make some for some of my typographic prints. Could you tell me who did the piece you framed here? I love it and would love to know the artist.

    *My Wordpress account won't link up, so sorry! My portfolio site is at

  6. Ignore the meanies! I can't believe how critical some people are of projects sometimes. :{ This is a fab idea and I bookmarked it to be sure to use it! Thanks!

  7. ignore meanies and put wood on top of glass--no acid problem

  8. Hi Shannon! I love this idea. I first stumbled upon this project via Apartment therapy. You're right... this is a DIY project and nobody on the right mind would attempt to frame their valued artwork by themselves. So just ignore those comments. Good job though!


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