How to make a photo frame at home

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Here is a short DIY tutorial on how to make your own wooden DIY photo / picture frame . These photo frames are built completely with wood materials that are easily available at the local plywood store.
All the materials, supplies and tools required were bought at a local hardware store in Chennai. Only tool that is used is a hack saw blade which is available for Rs.2/- at the hardware shop. Ready made wooden frame moulds are also available which come with the groove for glass / picture insertion.

Photo frame DIY
Wooden DIY Photo Frame
Home made picture frame
DIY Photo frame

How to make a picture frame
Make your own photo frame

1. Materials, supplies and tools required

  • Wooden sticks (1/2"x1/2")
  • Plywood beading (Usually used for edge banding and available in different designs. We have used the curvy edge banding for this frame
  • Glue (Fevibond / fevicol)
  • Hack Saw blade
  • Set square (To mark the 45 degree miter joint)
  • X-acto knife or a pencil knife

2. The wooden stick base

    The wooden stick will form the base of the photo frame and will not be visible from the front. The frame face (Beading) will be glued onto this base.

3. Cut the wooden sticks

    Cut the wooden sticks to the desired length using a hack saw blade. These cut sticks will be glued to each other to form a rectangular base onto which the frame face will be glued. The inset dimension of the rectangular base should be equal to or slightly higher than the dimension of the photo being framed, else the photo will not fit into the frame.

4. Glue the sticks together

    Generously apply glue on the edges of the wooden sticks and glue them together. Use masking tape to hold the sticks together while the glue is drying. Allow for at least 3 hours before the glue can completely dry. Allowing it to dry ensures the glue bond is much stronger.
Useful tip: Use a masking tape to hold the sticks together. This will ensure the sticks do not move away from each other and will also provide enough pressure to strengthen the glue bond
Do it yourself photo frame
Learn to make a wooden photo frame

5. Build the frame face using plywood beading

    Now cut the frame face. The outer edge of the frame should align with the outer edge of the base. The frame will look good if it is joined together on the edges using a miter joint (the edges are at a 45 degree angle)

6. Mark the 45 degree angle

    Before cutting the frame, mark the 45 degree angle using a set square. To ensure the hack saw blade cuts along the 45 degree line, create a ridge or groove along the line using an Xacto knife / pencil knife or a mica cutter. This will ensure the blade does not slip while cutting and will result in an almost perfect 45 degree cut.

7. Cut the wooden frame

    Cut the 4 frame sticks to the desired dimension using the hacksaw blade. 

8. Glue the frame to the base

    Generously apply glue both on the rear of the frame and the rectangular base. Use masking tape to hold the frame tightly onto the wooden base. Allow for at least 3 hours of drying time.
Useful tip: Make a ridge or groove along the 45 degree line to ensure the hacksaw blade does not slip and stays on the cutting line resulting in an almost perfect cut
How to make a photo frame using wood
Wooden photo frame - Do it yourself

9. Clear view of the frame face being glued onto the wooden base

10. Rabbet

    Rabbet is a step-shaped recess cut along the edge or in the face of a piece of wood, typically forming a match to the edge or tongue of another piece. The additional width of the frame stuck to the wooden base forms a recess or groove (called rabbet) at the rear, onto which the picture will be housed

11. House the photo in the rabbet

    Overturn the picture and place it neatly on the recess formed at the rear of the frame.

12. Your wooden photo frame is ready to be showcased and showed off

FAQ: What is Miter Joint?
A Miter Joint (mitre in British English), sometimes shortened to miter, is a joint made by bevelling each two parts to be joined, usually at a 45 deg angle, to form a corner, usually a 90 deg angle. Common applications : Picture frames, pipes and molding.
Source: Wikipedia


Curious to know how the photo frame has been made to stand  upright on the table ? Join us on FACEBOOK just so you don't miss the follow up post on making the stand using wood / cardboard / cork board and a hinge.

Meanwhile, let me know what you think of this DIY. Do you think there is a better way to do this ? Are there alternatives to a wooden stick for making the frame ? Have you done a DIY frame post yourself ? Do share the link. Would love to know your methods.

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10 comments:

  1. I always like the way you give importance to the technical details given to artwork..:)very helpful post this is...:)

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  2. Oh my gosh.. Im super impressed with the attention to detail. Even a frame gets so much importance.. and has to be perfect.. when its on your blog... Thats just impressive! :-)

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  3. Hi Aparna, ... I am not sure how much of detail is just right... But then thought giving details is much better than having the reader thinking,"If only this input was there". Thanks for taking your time to pen your thoughts :)

    Hi Patricia, I really wanted to give enough detail for someone to indulge in this DIY from scratch... And considering frame is an easy to do and can save some bucks (in comparison to buying one), wanted to capture all inputs... And thanks for your wonderful comment... As you would have noticed, we don't link to too many parties and it is always a pleasure to be part of your link party... Something I look forward to every Monday... :)

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  4. it turned out beautiful...and your tutorial is very good and detailed...wish I had a patience to do such DIYs..:)

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  5. Hi Nayana, thanks a lot !!! While the post looks detailed, it took me an effective time of 1.5 hrs to make... So, not much of patience required :)

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  6. thanks, its a great idea to DIY
    i will try to do it :D

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    1. Hi Syazana, glad you liked the DIY... Good luck with your attempt too. Do let me know should you need any assistance.

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  7. I want to frame a glass painting but thre shouldnt be any thing on the back side of the glass can you help.

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    1. If there is no backing support, the glass should be in some ways secured to the frame. Am not sure at this moment how it can be done. But will surely do a bit of research. But, Considering the painting is an outcome of your effort, see if you can get it professionally framed.

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