Contributor Post by Ana Maria
Hi, Ana Maria of Anamu here! During my stay with family in LA I noticed that some of my nieces' books were severely bent-out-of-shape. The girls have moved on to other stories and since the forgotten books weren't in good enough condition to donate (torn spines, pages, etc) I decided to re-purpose one of the covers into a decorative photo mat.
Pictured as part of the supplies (above) is a pair of scissors but I later found my brother in-law's box cutter that was much easier (and cleaner) to work with. The entire project took about fifteen minutes and can be repeated in so many ways! Scroll down for the step by step...
1. Pick a book and frame of your choice. I used a 5x7 frame for mine.
2. Remove book cover from spine and trace the frame's backing for a matching fit. Cut along the traced lines or a bit smaller if it looks like it might be too much of a snug fit for the frame.
3. On the back side of your chosen cover artwork, use a ruler to create your desired mat border. I chose one inch all around. Cut along traced lines.
4. Place the cut mat into your frame and set a personal photo or a page from the book for a decorative display.
Do you (or your little ones) have any favorite books that might enjoy a second life as framed art?
An LA native living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Ana Maria is a flea market fanatic with a knack (and love) for DIY. She shares her vintage finds in her online shop, The Pond Market, and captures her adventures and inspirations on her personal lifestyle blog,Anamu.