I need more non-memory keeping craft projects in my life, and my goal is to create at least four in September that use stuff I already have. This project is a warm up that I made in August: I tried to think of something I’ve been wanting to do, but have been held back on due to lack of a product I need.
I knew I wanted to display the quote cards I made, but have been holding off on framing them because I don’t have any mat board. Instead of continuing the postponing, I decided to think of what else I had that could work as a background. Then I remembered that I had white fabric and I felt silly for not thinking of using it sooner! Here’s the super simple way I used fabric in lieu of a mat board. (Side note: you can use this idea to just frame a cool fabric instead!)
I started by laying out my fabric under the photo frame back. If your frame doesn’t have a back, trace the inner frame shape onto cardboard and cut it out! Make sure that the backing is a little bigger than the frame opening, or it’ll fall right through.
If you’re not lazy like me, you’ll probably also want to iron your fabric.
I cut the fabric along the backing, leaving about an inch of extra space. If you’d like to be precise so your leftover fabric will still look great, use a ruler, rotary cutter, and self-healing mat to make the cuts.
Use Scor-Tape (or other very sticky dry adhesive) around the entire perimeter of the frame backing.
Pull the fabric tightly over the edge, fold it over the side, and press it down onto the adhesive.
You may need to cut off excess fabric / use extra adhesive at the corners.
Now it looks like you have a little fabric frame on the back, but you have a nice, clean white background for your display!
Line up your cards. Take care to ensure that the gutters (the space between each element) are even. You can eyeball it or bust out a ruler if you want real precision.
I love that these quote cards are meaningful and inspiring to me, but you can use any cute cards that you love, like Project Life cards or even teeny child artwork masterpieces!
Adhere down all of the cards! I used a line of the adhesive on the top and bottom of each card. I love that the fabric + dry adhesive was a really forgiving combination; I could pull off the cards to make slight adjustments easily.
Easy and awesome. I love it! I’m going to hang this up where everyone can see it.
What projects have you been putting off?