How to Make Photo Picture Frames

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There are many ways to make photo picture frames, and many different kinds of material to use. Wood, however, is the best choice if you want something that is classic, durable and can be painted or stained to match any style. Wood is also easy to size to exactly match the dimensions of your photo. Follow the directions below to make your own photo picture frames out of wood.

How to Make Photo Picture Frames

Step 1

Measure for your frame. If your photo is matted, you will need to measure the mat, not the frame. Take the measurements with you when you purchase your wood.

Step 2

Choose the type of wood to use as your frame. It is easiest to purchase molding, which can be in the form of picture frame molding (available at most craft stores) or builder's molding (available at most home improvement stores). Each type of molding can come already painted or stained, or unfinished.

Step 3

Measure the molding. Take the width of the molding and multiply it by eight. Add this number to the total number of inches around your desired frame. Divide this number by 12 to see how many feet of molding you need. If you wish, add a few inches to this amount in case of an error in cutting.

Step 4

Cut the molding into four pieces with a handsaw. Remember that each piece should measure the length of that side of the frame, plus two times the width of the wood, which will allow the corners to be mitered.

Step 5

Cut the ends of each piece at a 45 degree angle using a miter box and the handsaw. When all four pieces are completed, lay them out so that they form a frame.

Step 6

Use wood glue to clamps to glue the corners together. Let them dry in the clamps overnight. Then stain or paint your frame. Attach "V" nails in the corners for added support and attach a hanging hardware if desired.

Things You'll Need

  • Hand saw
  • Miter box
  • Wood glue
  • Clamps
  • Paint or stain (optional)
  • Hanging hardware (optional)
  • Wood molding
  • Measuring tape
  • "V" nails and hammer

Who Can Help

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April Sanders has been a professional writer since 1998. She has worked as an educator and now writes academic research content for EBSCO Publishing and elementary reading curriculum for Compass Publishing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in social psychology from the University of Washington and a master's degree in information sciences and technology in education from Mansfield University.

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