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How to Build a Picture Frame + FREE Printables!

Every time I’m in a store with home decor I walk through the aisles with my jaw on the floor (in my mind, not literally) when I see their prices. All I can think is, “I could make that for ____ dollars,” which is usually a VERY small fraction of whatever they’re charging. It always makes me feel very incredulous.

“I like to use ‘I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter’ on my toast in the morning, because sometimes when I eat breakfast, I like to be incredulous. How was breakfast? Unbelievable.” — Demetri Martin. Can’t think of the word incredulous without thinking about that line from my favorite comedian.

Anyways…frame building.

 

SUPPLIES

Wood (I used 1×3 for this one)

Stain

Kreg Jig OR Metal Plates

Screws

Printable

Sandpaper

 

STEP 1: PRINT OUT PRINTABLE AND CUT

The links to the printable are below. Cut off some of the top and bottom, but leave a little extra on every side to go behind the frame you’re building.

free Welcome Spring Printable
Welcome Spring Printable

 

STEP 2: CUT TOP AND BOTTOM TO SIZE

I used 1″x3″ wood because that’s what I had lying around. Cut the top and bottom the same size. To figure out the length of these pieces, add the length of the paper + 2 times the width of wood (minus a few centimeters)

Building a frame, step 1

 

STEP 3: CUT THE SIDES

While you have the top and bottom set on the paper, measure the distance between them to figure out the length of the sides. Place everything on the paper to make sure it fits and make any more necessary cuts if your measurements were off.

Free spring and Easter printables

 

STEP 4: SAND

Sand down each piece, but be careful to to round any corners where it’s going to attach to another piece (i.e., the short ends of the little pieces). For the rest of the areas, I round the corners and edges a bit when I sand.

I have had this sander for over a decade and it’s still going strong. It has got me through refinishing 2 full kitchens, 6 bathrooms and countless furniture products. If you’re doing any type of bigger project it’s DEFINITELY worth it.

 

STEP 5: DRILL HOLES OR ATTACH 

If you don’t have a Kreg Jig, you can use metal plates to attach the pieces.

Here’s a link so you can see the type of Kreg Jig K4 Pocket Hole System I used to build this frame, an 8-foot farmhouse tablecoffee table, bathroom shelves, console, and so many other things.
If you do have any kind of Kreg Jig, make 2 pocket holes on each end of the short sides. Use holes A & C so you don’t have to reposition the wood in between drilling.

Kreg jig pocket holes

Your short pieces will look like this:

Build a frame how to drill pocket holes

So in case you’re unfamiliar, that’s what a Kreg Jig does…it makes pocket holes which makes attaching pieces of wood incredibly simple, especially if you’re building something where pieces are going to be perpendicular to each other, like this farmhouse table, shelves or coffee table, etc. It’s also perfect for making repairs on broken furniture. My Kreg Jig has paid for itself MANY times over.

 

To attach, clamp and drill in the screws.

Clamp and screw with Kreg jig

 

Attach both small pieces, clamping each time.

 

Attach the top piece.

 

STEP 6: SAND AGAIN

Flip it over and sand again to smooth out everything, especially the joints and outside perimeter.

sand with rigid sander

 

STEP 7: WIPE WITH WOOD CONDITIONER

 

You can check out my absolute favorite wood conditioner hereI’ve built a LOT of things and I’ve only ever bought 1 can of this. It lasts forever (again, not literally). After about 3 years I’m down to about an inch left of it. You just wipe it one, wait 5-15 minutes, wipe of and then you’re ready to stain. If you’re painting, you don’t need this…it’s just to keep the stain from looking splotchy. No, you can NOT skip this step if you’re staining.

frame minx wood conditioner

 

STEP 8: 1-3 COATS OF STAIN

You can find the stain I used here.  If you’re only doing a couple projects you’ll only need a smaller can like this.

 

Minwax Classic Gray Stain on Frame
1st coat

 

Build a frame Minwax Classic Gray stain
3rd Coat

 

To attach the picture, I just used tape so I can switch the printable out with each season.

 

 

Set up your spring vignette!

farmhouse style wood frame. how to build a frame.

 

FREE spring printable and build a picture frame

Want to save this idea for later?

PRINTABLES:

Click on the “JPG File” or “PDF File” below each picture to print. All printables were created by Find It, Fix It or Build It; however, the wreaths and flowers were used from another site, and credit to the author is given below.

JPG File

PDF File

CREDIT TO AUTHOR: <a href=”http://www.freepik.com/free-vector/spring-flowers-wreath_783631.htm”>Designed by Freepik</a>

JPG File

PDF File

JPG File

PDF File

 

JPG File

PDF File

 

 

JPG File

PDF File

AUTHOR CREDIT: <a href=”http://www.freepik.com/free-vector/watercolor-floral-wreath_920563.htm”>Designed by Freepik</a>

JPG File

PDF File

 

JPG File

PDF File

 

JPG File

PDF File

 

JPG File

PDF File

Author Credit: <a href=’http://www.freepik.com/free-vector/floral-ornaments-collection_896215.htm’>Designed by Freepik</a>

 

JPG File

PDF File

Author Credit: <a href=’http://www.freepik.com/free-vector/floral-ornaments-collection_896215.htm’>Designed by Freepik</a>

 

If you print any of these out to use for your home decor, I’d love to see pictures!

50 Comments

  1. Saving this! I’ve been going back and forth between making a frame for printables. I love how easy and simple this one is and how it would work for all seasons and decor rather than having to switch each holiday too. I’ve never seen “no rain, now flowers”, but I like it. Makes these past rainy days a touch better!

  2. Looks pretty and easy to do, although I leave the sawing and hammering to Mr. Hobby. I’d love for him to make me one of these! Thanks for sharing at Brag About It. Pinning!!

  3. Sara, you’ve done it again! That is a really lovely frame! I love the frame and I love the Printable’s ! So beautiful! That tutorial is so easy to understand too! Thanks for sharing!
    Jeannee

  4. I love the way this frame came out! The stain on it is perfect! Your printables are so pretty as well! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Kate | TheOrganizedDream.com

  5. I really need to get one of those kreg jigs! I’m going to ask for it for my birthday (I got a new nail gun for X-mas!). #HomeMattersParty

    1. I keep telling my husband I want a nail gun. Since we’re moving soon we’re not buying anything, but as soon as we move it’s at the top of my list! Kreg Jigs really are amazing…once you have one you’ll want to keep building everything from scratch. It’s amazing!

  6. Those are such cute printables and I really love the frame. Thanks for the easy instructions! I have some barn wood that would work great for this project!

  7. This is a real labor of love! Thank you so much for linking at #overthemoon! I look forward to seeing what you share every week. Please come back for #WonderfulWednesday or #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Enjoy your week ahead.

  8. I feel the same way you do about most home decor out there – often over-priced! If I can make it for less, I like to do it myself. In this case, you did it beautifully! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  9. I love how simple and easy this is Sara. Using the Kreg Jig definitely does n=make things easier and so much neater too. Great idea to tape the printable onto the frame so it’s easy to change and that stain you used us such a lovely color. It compliments the printable beautifully

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  11. Printables are fun to add to decor, they are modern and fresh and pretty. I love the DIY frame idea, especially this one as it is square solid and stained a very nice grey.

  12. This is such a great idea! You have inspired me to make something like this. I designed my gallery wall but I want to add more to it. I think this will be the perfect addition! Plus its awesome that you can swap out the printables. We love Kreg tools, aren’t they just amazing. They make wood working fun!

  13. I love this frame! Thank you for sharing the step-by-step instructions. I’d love to try my hand at making one; I’ve pinned your tutorial for future reference.

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I’m featuring you this week!

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