DIY Picture Frames

6 Materials
4 Days

I had been working on a new skill - learning to draw - and wanted to hang my work on my walls to mark my progression. But! Picture frames are super expensive so I decided to make my own out of scrap materials from previous projects.
So, I had some leftover plywood. The cheapest kind from HomeDepot. Then, cut it into 12” strips
Then, sanded them down with a power sander.
After that, I used wood glue and a grip to connect pieces.
After that, I used Kona wood stain - leftover from many other projects! - and let them dry with 3 coats.
After that, I used polyurethane on each piece. Probably 4 coats total. Then, I used some brackets from Amazon to connect all 4 pieces.
I needed the hook that puts them on the wall so Amazon supplied!
Next I used some poster board from the dollar store for fake mattes. I like the dollar store for poster boards.
Used some upholstery staples to connect it all together and Viola!
Frames and pictures look....? What do you think?
I frames 7 pieces easily for less than $30! I count that as a total win!
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3 questions
  • DIana Willingham
    on Feb 16, 2018

    so you didn’t have to out glass over your art? I been wanting to do something similar but I didn’t want to spend the money on the glass.
  • Holly Ferguson Davis
    on Mar 2, 2018

    Your art looks fantastic. You're a beginner? My question is, how did you attach the art to the colored backing?

    • Carol Becker
      on Mar 2, 2018

      I used tape for the art to the backing and a staple gun for the backing to the frame.

  • so what size is the art? I guess the frame is 12x10?

    • Grumbles
      on Feb 9, 2019

      10x14 would be the opening 1" wide peices on top and bottom would make 14" and take away from the inside would be 10"

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  • Tracy Gilley Howe Martin
    on Aug 6, 2018

    Thank you so much for this post!!! Being a beginner and seeing the price of frames, Love your idea!!!!

  • Nikki
    on Nov 1, 2018

    Ur work is fantastic keep it up I'd like to see how much better u get

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