How to Make a DIY Picture Frame
Don't spend big bucks letting someone else create a custom frame. Here's how to DIY one with just a few tools and some hardware.
Odd-size frames are hard to come by, but that doesn't mean you can't frame your favorite photos. Make a custom frame by following our easy tutorial below. You'll be able to frame anything you want, wherever you want, no matter the size or space allowed.
What You Need
- Miter saw
- 8-foot length of 3-inch wood molding
- Metal ruler
- Wood glue
- Corner braces with screws
- Wood filler
- Spray paint
- Mat board
- Bevel mat cutter
- Cutting mat (optional)
- Staple gun and staples
- Adhesive tape
- Picture hanger
Step 1: Cut Molding
Determine the size of your DIY photo frame. Cut one end of wood molding at a 45-degree angle using a miter saw. Measure from cut end along the long edge and mark at desired length. Cut at mark at a 45-degree angle, taking care that the angle points in the opposite direction from first cut end. Repeat to cut four frame sides.
Step 2: Attach Sides
Run a bead of glue along each raw edge of the newly cut molding. Press corners together to make frame shape; clamp and let dry. Then screw the corner braces to each corner on back of frame, securing the structure together.
Step 3: Apply Wood Filler and Paint
On the front of the frame, fill in any gaps with wood filler. Allow to dry, then sand until surface is smooth and even. In a well-ventilated area, spray-paint the frame and let dry. If you need multiple coats of paint, wait for paint to dry entirely before adding a second coat.
Step 4: Cut Mat
If desired, cut a mat to fit the DIY wood picture frame's opening using a mat cutter (available at any crafts store). Cut an opening in the center of the mat to fit the picture you chose.
Step 5: Make Frame Back
Cut a piece of cardboard to fit the area inside the corner braces. Use a utilty knife to cut a flap in the center large enough for the image and mat. Insert the mat and photo, and staple the cardboard to the back of the frame.
Step 6: Secure Back and Finish
Tape the flap closed with simple-to-remove adhesive tape. Add a picture hanger for mounting, and you're ready to show off your handiwork with a DIY picture frame!
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