DIY Frame Tutorial

April 8, 2013 by 56 Comments

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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56 Responses to “DIY Frame Tutorial”
  1. Shauna says:

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

  2. 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!

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

  4. Sandi says:

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

  5. Melfel says:

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

  6. Kim says:

    How long did you wait for the wood to dry?

  7. Kaitlynn Nielsen says:

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

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