Wednesday, April 10, 2013


I've had this idea pinned forever, 

                                                                 Source: via Jennifer on Pinterest

                                                                       Source: via Jennifer on Pinterest

knowing that someday I'd use it somewhere.  Well, someday for this project came yesterday!

This little wall in my kitchen used to have some vintage type botannical prints, 

but with my big botanical gallery wall across the room, I was ready for a change.  I'm the main person that sees this spot all day long, so I wanted some fun candid shots of my favorite little people when they were littler.

This could not be a simpler project!  I dug out 4 mats that I wasn't using anymore and found some fabric scraps that I cut to size.  Then, I used spray adhesive to cover the front of the mat and covered it with the fabric piece.

When using spray adhesive it's easier if you work with a small section at a time, so I rolled the fabric up and got the top edge straight and in place, then just rolled the rest out smoothing it down as I went.

Then, I cut out the middle, leaving enough to wrap around to the back, and cut a line right up to the edge of each corner-this will give you four sections to fold back.

Apply a quick line of hot glue along one section, wrapping tightly from the front to the back.  I was especially careful to get a drop of glue right in the corners, so when I wrapped and glued the corner would be nice and flat and sharp.  I always use my low-temp glue gun for projects like saves my fingertips from being seared off!

All done!  I just used a few pieces of frog tape to secure my photos and and popped everything back together using this method.

And, it's officially a pain to photograph a frame with glass in it!  Bonus points if you can spot the Christmas ornaments still hanging from the antlers in the hall.  Why can't I remember to take those down?

This would be such a fun project for kids rooms, an office, or a gallery wall and using a graphic or animal print would make it really stand out!

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  1. Love it! You know my boys are grown men now and their pictures from childhood are my favorites. I love to look at their freckles. :)

  2. LOVE this idea Jennifer...yours look fabulous!!

  3. So simple and so cute! I love the idea of having some pictures of the kids when they are littler. I have some in the hallway but really that's about it. I think I'll be pulling those out - miss those little faces :)

  4. Very cute idea. Your house always looks fabulous!
    xo Nancy

  5. Beautifully done Jennifer. It's a great way to change up old mats and also add a pretty detail. Enjoy those cute pics of your littles while you work in the kitchen.

  6. I'd rather look at those cuties than botanicals, too! Great idea to add a fun print, and so easy to change out when you're up for something new ~ not that you'd ever do that! :)

  7. Love this idea! It would be fun to coordinate with a fabric used in a bedroom, etc., too. Thanks for sharing!


  8. Ha, I think we had something similar on our minds today. Love your fabric covered mats. I was just lazier and spray painted mine ;)


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