Natalie from The Creative Mom created this giant DIY picture frame for her husband as a Valentine’s Day gift. But this would be a terrific gift for just about any occasion: Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, a birthday, or it could be a fun way to display a large photo at a wedding reception.
Natalie says it took her only one afternoon to put this together. You can whip this up for your home or as a gift in no time. Just follow Natalie’s step-by-step instructions.
Supplies For This DIY Picture Frame Project
- (1) 4 ft. x 8 ft. sheet ¼-in. Sanded Plywood
- (2) 1-in. x 2-in. x 6-ft. boards
- Kreg Jig
- 1 in. Pocket Hole Screws
- Staple Gun
- Stain and Paint
- Wipe-on polyurethane
- Picture Hanging Wire
- 22-in. x 34-in. Photo
- Poster Board or large scrap piece of paper
- Measuring Tape
- Sand Paper– 100 grit
- Ear Protection
- Eye Protection
These instructions will make a 3 ft. x 4 ft. frame, with enough plywood leftover to make another frame, so you can make one for your mom too!
Start with your sheet of plywood. You will need one sheet that’s 3 ft. x 4 ft. A Home Depot associate will cut down a full sheet of plywood if you need.
With a pencil, measure halfway down your length of plywood, and halfway across the width of your plywood. Then draw a line all the way across and down, to section your plywood into quarters. (You’ll want to do this on the BACK of your plywood).
Once you’ve got your plywood sectioned into quarters, take a piece of poster-board, or a large sheet of paper, and cut the shape of your frame (or rather a quarter of the shape of your frame).
The poster-board should measure 18 in. x 24 in.
You will trace the shape onto one quarter, then rotate and flip the poster-board, and trace the shape onto all four quadrants of your plywood.
After you’ve got the shape of your frame all traced, you’ll cut the whole thing out with a jigsaw.
Do your best to cut straight lines, but don’t let this part intimidate you; you can always sand out the imperfections later on.
Once you’re done cutting, sand the edges till they’re all smooth. You can also use an electric sander to make things go more quickly.
Now we’re going to assemble our inside frame. You’ll need a 1 x 4 cut into two 36-inch lengths, and two 17-inch lengths.
Using a Kreg Jig, drill pocket holes in the boards.
Assemble the frame using 1 in. pocket hole screws.
Then you’ll sand the frame until it’s nice and smooth, and paint it or stain it however you’d like. I painted mine white, so it would stand out against the dark stain of the frame behind it.
While your frames dry, get your photo ready. You’ll want your photo to be 22 in. x 34 in., and you don’t want it to be flimsy.
I had mine printed as a “blueprint” at an office supply store. Then I used spray adhesive to stick it to some foam-core board.
Now that you’ve got all of your frame pieces and your photo ready, we can assemble this baby! Stack your frames on top of each other, with your photo in between. Make sure you measure, so you get your top frame centered.
Then using a staple gun, staple the frames together from behind. (You’ll have to measure, so you make sure you’re stapling in the right place- trust me!)
You could also use wood glue and glue the frames together, but I knew I’d want to change out my photo, so I opted for staples, which can easily be removed, and wouldn’t split the wood like screws might.
After your frame is all built, you’ll want to attach some picture hanging wire. I attached it with my staple gun.
Then hang that baby on the wall and surprise your sweetheart with a gift that’s not only really thoughtful and sweet, but also a pretty easy build that you will be proud to display.
The Completed DIY Picture Frame Project
I hung mine in my entryway. (Does that farmhouse bench look familiar?) It’s another SUPER easy build that cost less than $20 in supplies and is the perfect project if you want to start building your own furniture!
Natalie Dalpais describes herself as “a crafting, DIY-ing, decorating, Photoshopping, handy-woman.” Her blog The Creative Mom has tons of fun and useful tutorials and inspiration.