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Framing: Cover a mat

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Adept at decorating, you want your creations to be 100% original? Personalize your mats by covering them in patterned or colored paper.

What you need to know

  •  To use a solid color: glue the covering sheet directly to the mat.
  •  To use the pattern of the paper to the best advantage: cover in strips, instead, varying the direction of the design.


Simple covering


  • Place the mat on the reverse side of the covering paper, mark the interior and exterior corners with a pencil.
  • Cut the sheet to the outside dimenisons of the mat.
  • Cut the mat opening with a utility knife, allowing 2 cm to turn in
  • Glue the right side of the mat. Glue the decorated paper to the mat. Smooth and put under a press for 15 minutes.
  • Cut the corners of the turn-in edges at 45°, fold them under the mat using a bone folder.
  • Trace the outline of the mat.
  • Glue these areas, turn in, smooth and put under a press.



Covering in strips


  • Cut four strips of the covering varying the direction of the pattern: two in one direction, and the two opposing ones by turning the paper at 90°.Length = that of the mat

Width = that of the mat + 2 cm


  • Coupez à 45° les extrémités de chaque bande.
  • Cut the ends of each strip at 45°.
  • Coat the front of the mat with white glue.
  • Position the first strip on the left side, then the second on the right side.
  • Repeat on the other sides.
  • Smooth, turn in, put under a press.


That little extra: you can use other materials: fabric (respect the direction of the grain when cutting), delicate papers (Japanese paper, tissue paper...) etc.


Suggested products

Canson® Mosaïca® mount boards

See also

Framing: Attach the hanging ring
Encadrement : Poser l’anneau de fixation
This method is suitable for lightweight projects. Other methods provide for attaching a hanger in the molding of the frame.