Easy DIY Picture Frames

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I love doing DIY projects and when it’s blazing hot out, the easier the better. So today as part of the Power Tool one board challenge I’m sharing how you can make an easy DIY Picture Frames. Once you’ve made one you’ll be ready to whip up a bunch!

DIY Rustic Picture Frame with a FREE Fall Printable

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How do you make a simple wood frame?

Easy Picture Frame before staining

Here are the cuts you will need to make with your piece of wood for this size frame.

  • two 15″ (measured from the furthest tips)
  • two 21″ (measured from the furthest tips)

Use your miter saw at a 45-degree angle to make your cuts. Then match up your corners with your display side face down.

Putting together your DIY Picture Frame

This part is best with a helper. Add a thin strip of wood glue to one of the inner corners. Then have one person press the edges together while the other person uses a staple gun to connect the two pieces together.

Continue around, repeating this process until all the corners are done. Then I gave the frame DIY a good sand and wiped it with a cloth before moving on.

First coat of stain for a DIY Picture Frame

For this rustic look, I started by giving the picture frames a thin coat of watered down gray craft paint.

Once it was dry I gave it a coat of Kona wood stain, following the directions on the can.

Easy Rustic Picture Frame Tutorial

The results were a gorgeous, deep wood tone with some gray undertones – which I LOVE! This is where you can let your creativity go on your own frame idea. You could add some metal brackets to the corners, paint it a fun color, so many options with paint, stains, or even spray paint.

If you haven’t tried your hand on making your own photo frames you need to! You’ll be surprised at how easy it is. If you’ve got scrap wood, you might have what you need to make a wood picture frame this weekend. I hope this easy tutorial will encourage your to make your own simple DIY frames.

Easy DIY Picture Frame plus grab your FREE Autumn Printable

Oh and if you LOVE that autumn printable – you can grab it for FREE Here: Autumn Printable. This is the perfect printable picture frame!!! It’s a great rustic picture frame to quickly display your family’s artwork too. You can cut a piece of cardboard to help hold your printable or artwork in place.

Now make sure you check out all the other ONE BOARD Power Tool Projects below… I know I can’t wait for some more inspiration!

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Easy DIY Picture Frame - learn how to make your own with only 1 board and a little time


  1. How does the combination of gray craft paint and wood stain contribute to achieving the desired rustic look for these picture frames? Could other color combinations achieve a similar effect?

    1. I created this frame to just hold printables, but you could use a router to create an inset on the back of the frame as you’d find on a typical picture frame.

  2. What is the thickness of the boards used? And what size staples? I used 1\4 inch thick boards and my staples are sticking out.

    1. It’s the common pine board, which is 1 inch thick. The staples are the standard staple gun size (I think there’s only one).

  3. Love this project and would like to make this! But I’d like to do this for a 14×18″ painting that I have. What size picture/insert does your frame hold? Thanks!

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  5. Dang, could have used this tutorial when making all the decor for my daughter’s wedding! Would have saved me tons of time running from thrift store to thrift store finding frames for wedding signs. Great tutorial and one that I will be following for future projects and pinned to bookmark.

  6. Thanks for the tutorial. It’s pinned and I hope to use it as soon as I finish painting my living room and dining area. Then I will need to do some decorating and these frames will be perfect!

  7. Maryann,

    You have me thinking as well. I don’t need frames for home, but I can always use great art for staging my projects. hmmmm

    super project, love the printable!



  8. I’ve never made a frame with staples and yet see the commercial ones like this all the time! Smart project! You’ve got me inspired to try this on a few other projects I’ve been tossing around on my want to make list!

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