DIY Colorful Photo Mats

Turn cardboard boxes into colorful photo mats! via @mvemother

I have been slowly working on a gallery wall for our home. I don’t intend for it to contain many photos but I’d like those that are included to stand out! The quickest and easiest way to do that is to pair them with a bright, colorful photo mat.

In addition to adding that something special to family photos these mats are made with recycled materials, always a plus in my book! Read more about how I made them below.

Turn old cereal boxes into colorful photo mats! via @mvemother

  • Beginning by measuring and cutting old pizza or cereal boxes into 8”x10” rectangles. The following measurements will work for a 5”x7” photo or picture.
  • Measure and mark lines 1 1/2” from top and bottom. Measure and mark lines 2 1/2” from both sides. Cut out the inner rectangle you have created.
  • Apply glue to the cardboard frame and adhere it to the back of the decorative paper you’ll be using.
  • Trim the paper until it is 1/2” from the edges of the cardboard frame. Turn old cereal boxes into colorful photo mats! via @mvemother
  • Cut your corners (see photo below for details.)
  • Use a bone folder to tightly wrap paper around cardboard.
  • Glue the paper folds onto the cardboard.

Quick tip on how to cut your corners!

Aren’t these cute and so colorful, I think what I like the most about them is that we’ll be able to switch them out depending on the season or holiday!

Great idea to recycle cereal and pizza boxes! Colorful photo mats via @mvemother

Great idea to recycle cereal and pizza boxes! Colorful photo mats.


  1. This is awesome!!! I love how fun and easy they are to make thanks to your great tutorial!!! I am going to have to put this on my things to try! Thanks for the inspiration!!! Loves- Madge

  2. I'm dropping by from the Live Laugh Rowe link party. This is such a fabulous idea! I'm now going around my house looking at all of my pictures trying to decide which ones I can add a mat to.

    I'm trying to grow my own link party and I invite you to share this wonderfully creative idea (and 2-3 others) at my Grandma Ideas Sharing Time. It's at It closes at midnight tonight...

    All the best,


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