DIY Picture Frame

August 18, 2017

If you dabble in art or woodworking, you're going to love this DIY project. We got some inspiration from Pneumatic Addict (Elishia), when she created a frame of her own. Are you ready to make a simple frame for a canvas painting?

Here's what you will need:

  • 1 x 2 x 96"

  • Canvas (we used 8 x 10)

  • miter saw

  • brad nailer (pinner)

  • 1-1/4" 18 guage brads

  • orbital sander

  • clamps

  • measuring tape

  • wood glue

  • 320-grit sandpaper

  • Solar-Lux NGR Dye Stain (1 Pint, Van Dyke Brown)

Step 1:

Start by setting your miter saw at 45 degrees and cutting your first piece of wood. Using a 45 degree angle will create a nice looking seam.

45 cut

Step 2:

Take the piece you just cut, and line it up with the first edge of the canvas. 


Make a mark on the other end of the canvas, to ensure your next cut will properly fit your canvas.


The length of each side of the canvas will become the short ends of the mitered pieces.

Step 3:

Repeat step one. Take this 45 degree piece, line it up with the one you have already cut, and repeat step two.  Do these steps until you have all four sides of your frame.


Step 4:

Apply glue to both sides of the joint, align the seams and attach the wood pieces together using your pinner.

frame 2

Step 5:

To get nice and tight joints, you will want to use something to hold the frame together while it dries. We used clamps.


Step 6:

Once the glue is fully cured, fill all nail holes and cracks with wood filler. Allow to dry and sand smooth with 320-grit sandpaper.

ready to nail

Step 7:

Now you are ready to stain. For this frame we used ourSolar-Lux NGR Dye Stain in Van Dyke Brwn.


Step 8:

Once the frame is finished drying, slide your canvas in, and it's ready to hang!


And there you have it! Show off your frames, we can't wait to see what you guys created.

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