Building your own picture frames is a simple and cost effective way to add some character to your home.
When we moved from our little house in Arizona to our new home in Oregon, I found myself faced with a lot of empty walls. I wasn’t super excited about buying a bunch of new frames. That was not an expense we had room for. Thanks to Pinterest, I stumbled upon a great tutorial for building your own frames. Score!
Why buy something when you can make it yourself, right? That’s my motto!
For the large white frame, I used some thick, chunky molding, and the black frames were made from skinnier molding. I usually have the nice guys at Home Depot cut my wood for me because I don’t have my own miter saw, but they couldn’t help me out this time.
For a picture frame, the corners are cut at a 45 degree angle, and they only make straight cuts in the store. I could have used a miter box and a hand saw, which would have been an inexpensive solution. Luckily, my brother-in-law lived nearby and he was able to give me quick lesson about making cuts on his miter saw. After I got over my initial fears about using a saw (it really wasn’t that bad) I made all of my cuts, and the corners all fit together nicely.
On the white frame I glued the corners together, then screwed in L-brackets on each corner so the frame would be nice and sturdy. The brackets look like this and can be found here:
The black frames are very light weight, so I just glued the corners together and added a few staples.
These 3 layered frames are really fun! They are made with a 1×4 and some skinny molding. I followed Whitney’s tutorial from Shanty 2 Chic. You can find that tutorial here.
I love the pop of color and it always makes me so happy every time I go up the stairs. The other frames are just some scrap wood cut to fit the 4×6 pictures.
The quote in the middle frame is a free printable from Eighteen25. You can find it here.