If you’ve ever wanted a picture frame set up to your specifications, and couldn’t find one nice enough to buy, why not just make your own! I’m going to show you how to make a wood picture frame out of the comfort of your own home and the only thing you’ll need is some good wood, the willingness to learn (or past woodworking experience), and some tools. Learning how to make a wood picture frame is the perfect way for the novice woodworker to put in some extra practice and sharpen his/her skills.
Learning how to make a wood picture frame can be a valuable skill to have in general. What do I mean by this? Well, a personalized gift is great, but what about a handmade gift – this kind of gift is many times better! Wood is a very flexible material to work with (theoretically speaking, not literally) in the sense that you can paint, carve designs, and further personalize your work after the initial frame is finished. A set of personalized, handcrafted frames can only be described as one thing: a collection of cute picture frames.
Step By Step: How to Make a Wood Picture Frame
- Figure out what the dimensions of your frame must be. Remember, don’t use the actual picture itself to determine the dimensions, but instead use the picture mat.
- Next you’ll have to pick out a certain molding for your picture frame – either lumber molding, or builder’s molding. You can grab this at any local frame store, large craft shops near where you live, or smaller arts & crafts stores. If there is a large home improvement store near your neighborhood, you can get these materials easily from there.
- Get the width of the material you chose for framing by measuring it. Multiply the resulting number by 8. Next you must add the length of every side of the frame you desire. For example: (Width of Framing Material) x 8 = <Result>. <Result> + Length of Every Side = <Total>. Then for the final step: <Total> / 12 (dividing by twelve since most every kind of wood material is usually sold by the foot). This is the number of framing you buy – don’t forget to add in a couple of inches in case you make a cutting error!
- Grab your favorite handsaw from the tool shed and begin by cutting your molding into four distinct pieces; each piece will be a potential side of your picture frame. Make sure that every piece of wood measures the length that you want the side to be plus the width of the wood you are using multiplied by two.
- Hold the wood firmly with a mitre box, and cut the end of every wood piece at a 45-degree angle – after you finish cutting, lay them out onto a flat surface so that they form a frame.
- Get some wood glue from your local arts & crafts store and clamp the edges together – press them together firmly and turn the frame upside down – the back of the frame should now be facing up.
- Next you need to nail the edges firmly together – you can do this by taking 2 V nails and hammering them along each glued corner of the picture frame. One nail should be placed coming from the inside edge, and the other from the outside edge of the frame.
- You’re nearly finished! Take away the clamps and leave the masterpiece to dry overnight.
- Once the wood picture frame is dry, do any sanding and perfecting that you have left, and finally, attach a hanging hook.
- Congratulations! You’ve just built your own personalized picture frame and learned how to make a wood picture frame that lasts. Decorate the outside as you wish or apply lacquer to the wood – the possibilities are endless.