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DIY: How to Make a Photo Frame

DIY: How to Make a Photo Frame

A photo frame is a great way to display your favorite photos. But buying a photo frame can be expensive, and finding one that matches your home décor can be difficult. If you’re looking for a unique and personal way to display your photos, why not make your own? In this article, we’ll show you how to make a photo frame using a few simple supplies. You can make a frame to fit any size photo, and you can customize it to match your home décor. So gather your supplies and get ready to get creative.

DIY: How to Make a Photo Frame

Gather your supplies

Wood for the frame – The first step in making a photo frame is choosing the wood for the frame. Wood photo frames come in many different styles and types, so you can choose the frame that best matches your home décor. You can also add personal touches to your frame by staining or painting it. Keep in mind that certain types of wood may be more difficult to work with, so choose wisely.

Paint or stain – Depending on the type of wood you choose, you may need to paint or stain your frame. If you’re using a soft wood like pine, the stain will give the frame a richer colour. If you’re using hardwood like oak, the paint will give the frame a more subtle look.

Screws – Make sure you have enough screws for your frame. You’ll need a few extra just in case one break while you’re building the frame. – Nails – You’ll also need a few nails.

Wood glue – Wood glue will make your frame even stronger, especially if you’re using soft wood like pine. – The picture frame – You’ll also need a picture frame to display your photo.

Cut your wood to size

The first thing you need to do is cut your wood to size. Make sure you have the correct measurements for your frame and use a mitre saw or chop saw to cut the wood. You can use a handsaw if you don’t have access to power tools, but it will take longer. You’ll need to cut the two side pieces, the back piece, and the top and bottom pieces of your frame. It’s a good idea to sand your pieces of wood before assembling the frame, but it’s not necessary. Make sure the edges of your wood are smooth, and you won’t be cutting your fingers while building your frame.

Assemble the frame

Before you start assembling your frame, make sure the wood is dry and free of any dust. Use wood glue to attach the pieces of your frame, and make sure the pieces are aligned properly before attaching them. Wait at least a few hours before moving your frame so the glue can dry fully. A dry frame is much stronger than a wet frame. Position the back piece of the frame against the wall. Snap a level across the back to make sure the frame is level. This will ensure that the frame sits straight on the wall without tipping, and also makes the frame sit level on a shelf.

Paint or stain the frame

If you stained your frame, you can skip this step. If you decided to paint your frame, choose a paint colour that matches your home décor. You can also paint your frame any colour or pattern you want. Make sure the frame is completely dry before painting it. You don’t want to trap moisture inside the frame. If you choose to stain your frame, you can skip this step too. If you decided to stain your frame, choose a stain colour that matches your home décor.

Attach the hardware

If you chose to paint your frame, attach the hardware before painting it. If you’re painting your frame, you can still attach the hardware. Note that if you’re staining your frame, the hardware will be visible. Choose hardware that matches your home décor, or buy speciality hardware to match the theme of your frame. If you have a framed photo on your wall, you can use the frame’s wire to hang the frame on the wall. If you don’t have a photo frame, you can buy a frame at a craft store like Hobby Lobby, Michaels or Jo-Ann Fabrics. You can also use an old picture frame that you don’t use anymore.

Insert your photo

Insert your photo into your new frame. If you’re using an old frame, you can either remove the photo from the previous photo or use a photo transfer to put your photo inside the frame. If you have a photo from your wedding or birthday party that you want to display, find the date on the back of the photo. Make sure the date is correct before displaying the photo. It’s easy to misread the date on a photo, so take a moment to make sure you have the right one.

Hang your frame

Attach the wire to the frame using the same method you would use to hang a photo frame. If you have a nail in the wall, use a hammer to attach the wire to the nail. If you have a stud finder, use that to find a stud in the wall to attach the wire. If you don’t have a stud finder, you can use a piece of scotch tape to find a stud. If you don’t have a nail or a stud, use a wall anchor. Make sure you find a wall anchor that is big enough to support the weight of your frame.


Now that your frame is finished and hanging on your wall, you can enjoy your photos whenever you want. You can also customize your frame by swapping out the photos or adding new photos. You can also change up the design of your frame by painting or staining it a different colour. A handmade frame is a great way to display your favourite photos.


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