Friday, August 20, 2010

How to build a picture frame

In case you all missed my tutorial on Ucreate.

Here is how to build your own picture frame!!!

Today I want to show you all how easy it is to make your own picture frame!

No really I am serious! It is easy.

A while back ago my mom and I made a frame for her bathroom mirror and it gave me the confidence to make by own frame.

I used a miter saw and a nail gun for the first time when I made this project.

So lets get started!!

First you need some pieces of wood.

Although that is self explanatory.

I used some 1x4s left over from when my hubby made me a Ballard knock off drying rack!!

Gotta love a man who understands my love for Ballard's.

I also used this trim I found at home depot that that had a lip!

Just like what you would need to the picture to fit in the frame.

It was also under $3 for 5 ft of the trim!

Next measure how long you want the frame to be.

Then cut that baby down to size.

One cut down, 7 more to go.

After you make the next cut put those jewels together and make sure they fit.

Dance a little jig when they fit.

Then get the 1x4s out and measure them.

Now remember the cuts DO NOT need to be perfect.

That is why there is wood putty. It's like Cover Girl for your cutting mistakes.

Stack the small trim on top of the cut 1x4s and hope they fit.

Dance another jig.

Now get some wood glue and glue the small trim square.

Then the fun part!

Get that nail gun out and nail the small trim to the 1x4.

Time for that forgiving wood putty.

If it wasn't for wood putty all wood projects would look like it was done by a 3 year old.

And then paint this baby what ever color your little heart desires.

I chose white cuz I am boring like that.

Then I used some translucent glaze and wiped it off as soon as I wiped it on.

In order to stick the picture in the frame I just used tape.

What can I say, I am not a perfectionist.

Then I hung it up!

I hung my frame within another larger frame to fill up some wall space.

But I am happy with the results.

So there you are peeps. Now you know how to make your own picture frame!

I am linking to sawdust and paperscraps build{hers} blog party.

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Meg said...

Ah. You make it look so easy! I need you to come show me personally. :)

I'd love it you stopped by my blog and joined my Friday link party!
Have a great Friday!

Sandra {sawdust and paper scraps} said...

Oh how I love wood putty. She is one of my dearest friends. Thanks for linking up, you how nervous I was that no one would. I always love your projects and your posts make me laugh too so It's a win/win coming here for a visit! Your frames turned out lovely and I don't find white boring at all. It's my favorite color!


Someday, I'm going to attempt this. For now, I can't find a place for one.

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

Visit via the Weekend Wrap Up, I love your blog. This is a very resourceful and useful project. Thanks for posting.

Candace said...

Great tutorial! I found you at Tatertots & Jello! Have a great day!

Ali @ Honey and Maple Syrup said...

I'm terrified of some power tools, but you make it sound painless!

Hannah said...

My husband and I have been driving ourselves crazy trying to find square frames, and I was just starting to think "you know, we could make these. Right...?" Thanks for the confidence boost - I think we'll be tackling these next week!

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

Thanks! I have some leftover wood from a headboard project that I'm just finishing up and thining I might make a few frames to go over the bed! :D

Michelle@Somedaycrafts said...

I will be featuring this over at I want to make some of these. They look so easy and so cute!

Mandy's Creative Corner said...

I love how this turned out! The colors are beautiful too =)