Easy DIY Wood Picture Frame Project

Easy DIY Wood Picture Frame Project

 
DIY Wood Picture Frames

When they were handing out genes, I didn’t get the refrigerator picture one.

My deoxyribonucleic acid wasn’t programmed for that.

I think someone forgot to tell my chromosomes that pictures on a refrigerator are a thing.

Yep.

The refrigerator picture gene skipped right over me and passed on to the next generation.  I think this explains the current random picture assortment on the fridge in our kitchen.

It just appeared one day with a lunch schedule.

wood diy picture frame

 

As for me and my pictures, we prefer frames.

Wood ones.

Frames you can create in an afternoon that look like a farmhouse and are chippy and related by second-cousin-in-marriage to barn wood.

Here’s the step-by-step instructions to make your own.

picture frame paint finish

Supplies

5 pieces of 1″ x 2″ x 10″ wood

2 pieces of 1″ x 1″ x 8″ wood

wood glue

gray paint

tiny clothespins

1 x  2 boards

Step 1:  Lay out wood boards

You can find the wood for this project anywhere.

You can pull it from the scrap pile or have it cut at the home improvement store or get it in a bundle like this at Hobby Lobby.  I used wood just like this on the DIY reclaimed wood monogram project here.

Place your wood boards in a row.

When you are finished, they should form a square.

back of picture frame

2.  Attach support piece of wood

The 1″ x 1″ x 8″ piece of wood supports the frame.

Lay the wood across the frame of your 10″ x 10″ square and attach with nails or wood glue.

If you attach with glue, let dry before moving.

clothes pin

3.  Attach clothes pins

Glue two tiny clothes pins to the front of the frame.

They should be approximately four inches apart.

Let dry.

picture frame hook

4.  Add hook

When the frame is complete, attach a hook to the back.

If you simply want to prop the picture frames on a shelf, you can skip this step.

DIY Wood Picture Frames

That’s it.

The picture frame is finished and ready for pictures.

Just in case you were curious about our fridge, it’s still covered with announcements and pictures and lunch schedules.

You see, I got the understanding-parent-celebrate-your-creativity-with-expression-on-our-appliances gene….

….which trumps every time. 🙂

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Comments

  1. What a fun way to display photos and easily change them out! The barnwood is spectacular as a background. Love!

  2. Miz karianne, “one of these days I’m gonna settle down and do this….” Along with a bunch of other fun things I’d like to mess around with! Love it, thanks for sharing!

  3. On the side of my refr. is a calendar and a white board and nothing on the front, but I have made covers for the handles to keep them clean and not get the farm dirt on the nice, white handles. They get washed often, but sure are a help.

  4. Yvonne Shafer :

    Karianne, your DNA is just fine! Love the frames!

  5. Leslie Watkins :

    Love! Yep! The refrigerator gene skipped a generation here, too. Amazingly it has stayed with my kids and grandkids…and nieces and nephews…the fridge can get a little crowded at times. Love the frames. That may have to be a summer project. 😉

  6. Sweet and simple! Love the barn wood and clothespins make it easy to change out photos. You are brilliant:) I wasn’t going to “clutter” up my refrig….until I had a granddaughter, who now is all over it!!!

  7. Karianne, its serendipity. I just bought my first pallet at an estate sale for $5 just because I wanted it without what to do with it. This may be the answer I needed. Thanks and see you soon.

  8. Michelle Rudis :

    I love anything having to do with wooden clothes pins, weather it’s making dolls out of the really old pins (the kind with no metal spring) or this project with the pins that have the spring. This is adorable! (FYI: I also secretly harbor a desire to move out of an apartment and into a house just so I can hang clothes on a clothes line with wooden pins.) Back to these brilliant picture frames, though…you gave me a great idea to pass on to the grandkids for my son’s man cave for Father’s Day. I bet he’d love hanging the latest catch on those frames and they’d be perfect hanging underneath his fishing poles. I bet he’d love them even more if the kids made it for him! 😉

  9. The frames are amazing, just like you. Two quick questions. Do you paint the boards individually first or do you paint after assembling into a frame? Also, did you use a dry brush technique or did you sand the boards to distress them? Love how the paint looks on your frames. Thanks for a great project.

  10. Good morning KariAnne,
    What a fun wood project for us to try. I suppose “if” you wanted to actually have something like this “hang” on your frig, you could cover a small piece of foam core with barn wood looking scrap booking paper and add your clothes pins and put a magnet on the back… It wouldn’t be nearly as cute but sort of…
    Thanks for always making our minds think….
    Well, I’m off to vote…
    Blessings, Jeanne

  11. Bonnie Schulte :

    As always, brilliant post.

  12. Your frames are adorable, karianne! I have some old wood flooring that would be perfect, thanks!

  13. Cindy Pierce :

    What a brilliant idea! Love the fact you can change them out quickly!

  14. So cute and so simple–my ingredients for DIY.

  15. Love these sooooooo much…and it sounds like something I could accomplish myself, just so long as I don’t have to cut the wood to size….then I’m OUT…hehe! Oh, I know what you mean about the pictures, forms, and announcements on the fridge…it can get pretty messy looking sometimes…but then, it is the best place for a message centre because, who doesn’t go to the fridge everyday? So, you are constantly reminded about the forms you are supposed to sign and the upcoming events…plus, your children’s artwork always gives you the feels…that’s not such a bad thing, right?

  16. You betcha it trumps every time!! I would look at magazines and see how clutter free the whole kitchen was — not a scrap paper or picture in sight. So I told myself it looked too sterile and we were a family who lived in the kitchen so we would put everything we thought important all around us. YEP!! And it was a mess but BH&G wasn’t coming to my house anytime soon to see what we were cooking up in the kitchen. But you know what? They missed some doggone good dishes 🙂 Love your frames!!

  17. What a pretty backdrop for a photo (in both cases). Great idea on the wood frames. I see a coastal version coming on. Aren’t those little clothespins so cute? Why is it that when something is miniature we like it even more (except for mini-muffins). I like the full size in that case. Have a good one!

    Nancy

  18. So adorable!!! I love this style. You may find this project appearing in my home very soon…

    xox

  19. Neat project I love reclaimed wood and the added details are perfect. Was so nice to meet you today I absolutely love your energy and enthusiasm and wow do I have some neat ideas for that fabric.

  20. Oh my goodness, this is too cool! I want to make some. Love the tiny clothes pins. Oh, I didn’t get the pictures on the frig gene either.

    And it was so very nice to meet you today! You are even cuter and sweeter in person.
    Hugs
    Cecilia

  21. So creative and fitting for displaying
    treasured photos at Thistlewood!! : )

  22. A great project. I like its rustic charm.
    Amalia
    xo

  23. Very cute, KariAnne! I have the same fridge gene–try as I might to de-clutter, wedding announcements/graduation open house announcements/kid are just seems to end up there.

  24. So cute! I like the clothespin idea because you can change out photos as you like. Thanks for the tutorial, too, KariAnne.

  25. These are darling, KariAnne! I especially love the little clothespin.
    Thank you for sharing this week at Brag About It link party on VMG206 (Mondays at Midnight).
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  26. Karianne-

    I was so sorry I missed seeing you (and meeting face to face) and Joyce’s recent Craft Retreat.
    Those ladies are so special.
    This project is wonderful- as always- but I continue to be amazed at your photography.
    Help! 🙂

    Thank you for joining us at Thoughts of Home!

    Laura
    White Spray Paint

  27. Mmk, I’ll just admit to being a bad mom…I never liked a million things stuck to the fridge. I’d rather have a frame any day of the week. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this at Thoughts of Home on Thursday!!

  28. Oh my goodness, this is way too cute and you made it look way easy, which I love!
    Your photos are amazing and wonderful!
    Thanks for sharing this creativity and crafty goodness with us at TOHOT:)
    Jemma

  29. This style is fantastic. I can see this in my future.

  30. These are really neat. I love the close pin idea. I can imagine this technique used a lot of times now – so easy to change out photos. Thanks for sharing!

  31. So cute, I love the way you put these together. Love it.

  32. This is amazing
    I msg to make s few of these.
    Thanks for the idea! !!

  33. Liza j johnson :

    Cute!