DIY Frame Tutorial

Remember my Spring Mantel from last year!?!?  The spotlight was my DIY Frame — shabby chic, made with reclaimed wood (these are 8×10 pictures)!  I love them so much and thought that something similar on another wall in my house would be perfect!  Here’s how we created a great knockoff with new wood…


We measured my original DIY Frame’s individual boards.  The length of the vertical boards were 18 inches and the width of each board was roughly 3 1/2 inches.  And the two boards running horizontal were 17 1/2 inches.

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To keep with the authentic look, we decided to use fence pickets to recreate this frame.

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Using the miter saw, we cut the ends of the fence pickets off and then measured and cut five – 18 inch lengths….AND two – 17 1/2 inch lengths from 1/2 inch whitewood.

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Then it was time to be patient!  Fence boards are usually water logged and will shrink as they dry.  If you’re making one of these cute frames, you’ll want to hold off putting the frame together until the boards have reached their dry state.

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With the pickets lined up next to each other, we marked off the length of whitewood needed.  Approximately 17.5 inches.

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Using a small drill bit to avoid cracking the wood,  attach the white wood horizontal board to the pickets using 3/4 inch wood screws as pictured below.

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We found some very cheap labor (paid with candy) to paint the frames with furniture rollers, and then touched up with a brush.

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The painters did good…check it out!  I picked up bulldog clips at Walmart (after checking around at many office supply stores).  They were just a couple dollars for a package.  I attached them to the wood with my hot glue gun, added a sawtooth frame hanger to the backside of the frame, and hung them on the wall!

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I love being able to switch out pictures regularly!  And while I love my shabby chic frames, this frame with a little more of a modern flair is pretty fun, too!

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  1. Richardtulle says:

    Fantastic, eloquent post, I really enjoyed reading it.

  2. swapna says:

    These frames are gorgeous!

  3. These frames are perfect for my house. I love DIY projects and I will definitely be trying this one. Great idea, thanks for sharing!

  4. Love the frames!

  5. kirsten s says:

    what size are your pictures that you hung there? I LOVE these! so cute

    • Aimee says:

      The pics are each 8×10. 🙂 Thanks!!!

  6. Kaitlynn Nielsen says:

    How wide are the boards going horizontal ? they look narrower than the vertical- in the process of making these today

    • Aimee says:

      The vertical boards are fence boards and the horizontal boards are whitewood – more narrow by about an inch. Have fun making them Kaitlynn!! XO, Aimee

      • Kaitlynn Nielsen says:

        Thank you!!

  7. Kim says:

    How long did you wait for the wood to dry?

    • Aimee says:

      I’m trying to remember…a few days for sure. The weight of the wood was very light once dry! XO, Aimee

  8. Melfel says:

    This is adorable! How did you get the distressed look?

    • Aimee says:

      The distressed frame was from reclaimed wood, but there are lots of techniques for distressing wood online. XO, Aimee

  9. Very cute!

  10. Sandi says:

    Love these frames and so easy!! Thank you for the step by step method you used!!

  11. love the clips, being able to change out the picture easily is a great added function.

  12. These are gorgeous!! I love the idea of easily interchangeable frames and these would be perfect for Mother’s Day! We’ll be featuring them at Someday Crafts tomorrow, so come check it out if you have a minute!

  13. Shauna says:

    Wonderful idea! Would you mind sharing the paint color you used?

  14. Juju says:

    I remembered this from last year, and just decided to make a longer one, from some scrap pallet wood I have, with three clips with photos of our three grandchildren. However, this will be a Mother’s Day gift for my dear Mother-in-Love. Pretty sure I’m painting it yellow, which is her favorite color!

    • Aimee says:

      Oh my goodness…I’ve been tempted to paint mine yellow! That is such a great idea for a Mother’s Day Gift! LOVE it!!! Thanks for taking the time to leave a sweet note friend!!! XO, Aimee

  15. nicole says:

    This is a great idea! I am going to have to make a few of these! Nicole from southerncharm

  16. Mindi says:

    Love them! So so cute!

  17. Hello, I just wanted to let you know that I have mentioned this post on my blog. If there is anything you would like for me to remove, please let me know. Cheers Jennifer

  18. Brittany says:

    LOVE these!!! How wide are

    • Aimee says:

      Thanks! 17 1/2″ wide x 18″ tall!

      “We measured my original DIY Frame’s individual boards. The length of the vertical boards were 18 inches and the width of each board was roughly 3 1/2 inches. And the two boards running horizontal were 17 1/2 inches.”

  19. Oh Aimee, I just love this idea. I’ve pinned for future projects. Thanks for the great tutorial and many blessings to you, Patti@OldThingsNew

  20. Jana says:

    What a fun project! I’m pinning this for later use since I have a ton of old fence boards that I could use.

  21. Cindy says:

    So sweet and great tutorial! Even more special that the whole family got involved! Would love for you to share at Amaze Me Monday!

  22. Goedele - Old Red Barn says:

    Great tutorial! I host a link party: Crafty Country Cottage @ Old Red Barn. Hope to see you there!

  23. Nicki says:

    Those are so cute! I love them!

  24. Krista @thehappyhousie says:

    Wow! They are adorable! Fabulous idea, and thanks for sharing this tutorial.
    Krista @thehappyhousie

  25. Kady says:

    Adorable! Great idea!

  26. Gina says:

    Fabulous idea- love it!

  27. These are great! I love the clips you used one them, too. 🙂

  28. I love these. Adorable. The silver binder clips are the perfect little touch…..and make it such a good reason to change out the pics regularly.

  29. JaneEllen says:

    Your picture frames are great, so easy and quite inexpensive if you already have lumber. We scored 10 big pallets and 1 small one last week so we’ve got a new lumber supply besides what we already had. Love how you can change the pictures when wanted. I think I’d like to paint some of the frames white then maybe some other bright pretty colors. I’ve already got some colors in mind. So glad you shared this project. We have a craft show coming up in early May so we’ll be busy.
    It is good to have crafts to do when retired. Having hubs underfoot and being together 24/7 can get to be a little knarly sometimes no matter how much you love each other or how many years you’ve been married (44 1/2 for us). We just discuss how something should be made, we have very different ideas on that subject quite often. It’s kind of a contest over who is more stubborn, I lose all too often. lol

    • Aimee says:

      Oh Jane…You made my night! I hope I’m leaving your same comment on a blog at 44 1/2 years of marriage! How cool to share a common hobby…we’re taking after you already! Happy building and crafting sweet friend! XO, Aimee

  30. Princess Splendor says:

    Love these! I know the perfect place for them. 🙂

  31. Jenna says:

    LOVE these so much! Pretty and easy to switch out the photo! Would love it if you would link this up to Give Me The Goods Monday: 1 Party, 5 Blogs!
    Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

  32. Rachel says:

    I LOVE this!! Oh they just look so great.

  33. Miss Charming says:

    Such a cute look! And the clips are just perfect. I like that you can change the photos around.

  34. Tarin says:

    What a great idea. We have a western theme throughout most of the house and these would be perfect! This is why I don’t have to be creative anymore!

  35. Cynthia says:

    Great frames.


  36. Jenna says:

    These are so great!

  37. I would ask hubby to do some frames for me but I would grow old waiting…………lol

  38. Lisa says:

    Those turned out beautifully

  39. Love love these Aimee! Pinning!

  40. Little Bit says:

    Aimee, these are so cute! I’m pinning. Little Bit from

  41. Jamie says:

    Those are so sweet! I love this 😉
    Jamie @

  42. Those are great! and I love your cheap labor; we get a lot of that around here, too 😉

    • Aimee says:

      Haha…gotta love the little apprentices!!! 🙂 XO, Aimee

  43. It’s so great that you kids were involved. I love the outcome, they look beautiful!

  44. So cute…I love how they turned out!!

  45. Julie @ Being Home says:

    I really like this! Easy and super cute! I may have to steal this idea. 😉 Thank you for sharing. 😀

  46. Oh these are over the top Beautiful!!! Love them!! Pinning 😉

  47. So pretty!
    I love it… I am pinning!

  48. Tanya says:

    Love, love, love these so much!! Pinning 🙂

    xo, Tanya

  49. How fun and this is truly a family project. Hugs, marty

  50. These are real neat! I show hubby a lot of these projects you showcase…he’s been getting into furniture restoration! He even wants to do some things for a craft show I have coming up. Looks like we will have something to do when we retire someday….at least I won’t have to kill him! (Just kidding)

  51. Amy W. says:

    Such a fun project! Would love it if you would link up at my {all things creative} linky party!

    amy @TheBlissfulBeeBlog

  52. You are so lucky, Aimee, to have such accomplished & willing helpers! Great job on the frames!

    Visiting from Susan’s Met Mon.

  53. Kris says:

    Oh my these are beautiful. How creative and super cute. Love these. I love the picture of your little guy helping out with the painting. So adorable.