If you are looking for a fun, beginner home improvement project, then you have come to the right place. Picture frames are a great way to dip your feet into the world of craft design. Not to mention, it is often cheaper than other premade picture frames. Read on to find out how you can make your very own picture frame all by yourself.

How to Make Extraordinary Picture Frames

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Premade picture frames are high, especially when they are antique or ornamental in design. But more often than not, you may find yourself tailoring your picture to your picture frame, instead of the other way around. Why not build your simple picture frame around your favorite photo instead of breaking your back trying to find the perfect frame.

Making your picture frame gives you the ability to customize the exact dimensions of your picture frame. This process can be incredibly helpful if you have a picture trimmed in a way that does not fit the standard sizes of a premade picture frame. What is more, the process is usually much cheaper than buying a picture frame, especially a more higher end model. If you are interested in making your own comfortable and extraordinary picture frame, then check out the rest of this article.

What Materials Do You Need When Making a Picture Frame?

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This project is a relatively simple picture frame. It does not involve any glass, so we recommend it more for pictures or drawings. You should probably save more expensive or sentimental pieces should perhaps for a different frame than this one. However, if you want to add glass to this model, it is not very hard. But picture frames with glass can be a little harder to cut than ones without them. When constructing this picture frame you will need the following tools and material:

  • ​Molding for your picture frame (available online or in hardware stores)
  • ​Wood glue
  • ​Some cardboard from a cardboard box
  • Picture hangers
  • Hammer
  • Clamps
  • Miter box with an attached hand saw
  • Nails
  • Both a heavy and a light duty stapler
  • Sandpaper

Make sure you think hard about the type of molding you are getting. This material is significant and can make or break picture frames. Choose one with a flattering style for the room you are putting it in. For example, if you hang it in the fancy living room, an ornamental floral molding might be most appropriate. But, if you attach the frame in your minimalistic office, then perhaps a more subtle, simplistic embellishment would be more appropriate

Step One: Prepare Your Miter Box for Sawing

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A miter box is a device used to make precise cuts on wood when using a hand saw — usually to the effect of forty-five or ninety degrees. During this project, it will help us cute the molding for the picture frame at the exact angles and specifications. If you do not have a miter box, then you picture frame might not be as straight or attractive as you want it to be. As such, we recommend that you buy one. Most miter boxes only cost around ten dollars

First, you must secure your miter box to your table or a stable surface like a workstation. You will need clamps to ensure the miter box adequately. However, make sure that clamp placement does not interfere with the cutting path of the wood. At this point, you can make the first cut at a forty-five-degree angle.

However, remember only to cut one piece at this point in the process.

Step Two: Measure Out the Dimensions of Your Picture Frame

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Using the Picture or Art You Wish to Hang This step determines precisely how tall and wide your new picture frame will be. With this method, you do not even need a measuring tape or ruler. Merely place the picture or art on top of the wooden mold and carefully mark with a pen where the movie ends.

Repeat this step for the other side of the of the picture using a different piece of wooden molding You now have the dimensions of your picture frame. All you need to do is cut them out. Line them up on the miter box and take special care to line the markup directly where the saw will fall on it.

Step Three: Cut the Pieces of Wooden Moulding Using the Miter Box

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It is time to cut the frame of the picture according to the specifications you measured. Your first cut should be at a forty-five degrees angle — it does not matter which weigh. Your next cut can either be another forty-five-degree angle or a ninety-degree angle if you prefer longer picture frames. Also, make sure when you cut each piece that you have something support the other end of the uncut molding. Otherwise, the article will snap and fall before you finish cutting it.

Step Four: Glue the Pieces of Wooden Moulding Together

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Now that you have four pieces of wooden molding cut out, it is time to glue them together. This adhesion will not be the only thing holding the frame together, but it will be the primary support. Apply wood glue to the edges of the picture frame and attach them. Once they are connected, use the clamps to hold them together until they are dry. Set the structure aside.

Step Five: Cut out a Cardboard Background for Your Picture Frame

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Odds are you probably have some spare cardboard boxes lying around your home or apartment somewhere. As long as they are large enough to fit behind the picture or drawing you are hanging up, then you should be fine. Place the image or drawing on the back of the cardboard and trace the outline with a pen or pencil. Then, use a box cutter (or any old knife) to out the contour of the artwork.

Step Six: Staple Your Picture Frame Together

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Once the wood glue thoroughly dries, then it is time to reinforce the frame. Grab your heavy stapler and staple the four corners of the picture frame. One should be enough, but you can add two staples per corner if you are worried about stability.

Step Seven: Secure the Picture Hangers to the Back of the Picture Frame

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Now that you entirely set your frame in place, it is time to attach the hanger to the back of the wood. Make sure you connect the hook to the frame itself at the top of the structure. You should also make sure the hanger is centered, so the frame does not hang to one side when secured on the wall. Use a hammer and nails to the picture hanger to the frame. You can also place another picture hanger on the bottom of the frame if you want. This arrangement will allow you to hang the frame on its side if you change your mind in the future.

Step Eight: Smooth out the Rough Services of Your Picture Frame With Sandpaper

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More likely than not, the corners and edges of your wooden molding are probably pretty rough and splintery. To correct this flaw, get a piece of sandpaper and shaving to wear down the sides of it a little. You can also use this opportunity to sand off any wood glue that may have seeped through the hands and hardened.

Step Nine: Paint the Picture Frame (Optional)

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At this point in the assembly process, you can paint the frame a different color. Or if you like the raw look of the wood, you can leave it how it is. Just make sure if you do paint, that you paint it before the last step. Or else there is a possibility that you will get paint on the artwork. Blue, white, green, black or dark red colors would go well with this design.

Step Ten: Staple Your Picture Frame And Cardboard Background Together

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It is now time to insert your picture behind the frame followed by your cardboard background piece. If you want, at this point you can also enter a piece of glass. Once the image and cardboard and secured and centered, use a light stapler to add staples around the inner edge of the mold. This process will achieve the cardboard and art to the frame. Congrats! You finished the project. You now have a complete picture frame you can show off to your friends.

We hope this review has been helpful during your picture frame building process. While this picture frame is a starter craft project, if you do it right it has the potential to stand out even amongst professional structures. Better yet, it will introduce you to the world of do-it-yourself craft projects you can do. Before you know it, you will make your bookcase. You need to make sure you pick out an attractive mold and a complementary color. The rest is up to you.

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