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The Easiest DIY Picture Frame Made With Love

By: Guest Blogger

This week’s guest blog is from Jen of City Farmhouse. Create your own picture frame by following her tutorial.

Easy DIY Frame With Large Photo

Family photos can bring life and meaning into a home, they can tell a story & make an ordinary space feel loved and appreciated. A few summers ago I had an amazing photographer friend of mine, Michele Kats, take photos of my family & I at the beach. It was a place I spent a lot of time as a child, as did my father and then my own boys when we moved back from Colorado. I felt so blessed leaving the session, before even knowing what they would look like. These memories continue to be a gift for us as we cherish looking at them each and every time. I have printed a few here & there but to be honest I have always wanted to do something bigger with them.

I am excited to be partnering with Minwax® on this post as part of their Made With Love campaign. Today I am going to show you how your family photos can become art & a beautiful focal point in any space, along with a really easy way to create a DIY frame. The fun thing about this project, I brought a beautiful memory that spans 3 generations into my home and did it all for under $50.

Let’s get started. You will need…

DIY Frame What You'll Need

  • 4 wood pieces cut to size – I bought 2- 5/8″ x 36″ poplar square rods and a 6 ft piece of pine screen door molding which I cut to size. For a 30″ x 30″ print I then had 4 lengths of wood that were all 31″ long, 2 poplar and 2 pine.
  • stain – I used Minwax® Wood Finish™ in Early American & Driftwood
  • foam brush or cotton cloth
  • photo/print– Mine was 30″ x 30″ (from Nations Photo Lab)
  • box saw
  • measuring tape
  • nails – 3/4 x 18
  • pencil
  • sandpaper
  • jute
  • plastic gloves
  • drop cloth
  1. I cut 2 poplar pieces and 2 pine screen door molding pieces all to 31″. I wanted the frame to hang 1/2″ on either side of my print which was 30″. I used a box saw and some sand paper to smooth the edges.

Easy DIY Frame With Large Photo with Tools Needed

2. Time to stain. Be sure to use plastic gloves and have proper ventilation. I used Minwax® Wood Finish™ in the Driftwood color first, then after it was dry I used a cloth to layer on, very unevenly, the Early American color. This gave a weathered look.

Easy DIY Frame With Large Photo-Minwax Driftwood


  1. Lay your print on a flat surface face down. I did the bottom frame first. The square poplar piece is what will be visual from the front, so lay that under the bottom edge. I measured so both sides were even.

Easy DIY Frame With Large Photo-Measuring

  1. Once it was even I taped the print so it would stay in place. I then added the pine piece on top, this piece will not be visible from the front.

Easy DIY Frame With Large Photo-Using Tape

  1. I used thin nails to secure the back piece – the pine to the poplar piece. I used a total of 5 for the bottom and 5 for the top.

Easy DIY Frame With Large Photo-Use Small Nails To Secure

This is what it will look like from the front.Easy DIY Frame With Large Photo-What It Looks Like From The Top

  1. You will do the same for the top and add jute for hanging. I measured 3″ from either side and tied a knot at the end.

Easy DIY Frame With Large Photo-Hanging it

Simple right?! Here is how it looks when you walk in my backdoor mudroom.

Easy DIY Frame With Large Photo-Mudroom Vignette

Easy DIY Frame With Large Photo-Summer Mudroom

Easy DIY Frame With Large Photo-Full View

The Easiest DIY Picture Frame. You can check out more beautiful Made With Love projects over at Not JUST a Housewife blog & Thrifty Décor Chick blog.

You can go HERE for more information and watch this BEAUTIFUL video.

Jen shares DIY projects and thrifty decorating solutions. Her design philosophy is that bringing style to your home doesn’t have to break the bank. Learn more about Jen and visit City Farmhouse. You Can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

A Quick Stain for a Picture Frame

The downside to doing television shows is that I sometimes arrive back in my workshop with partially stained props, such as this oak picture frame. As you know, once a stain has dried it can only be removed by sanding it off, which is what I did with my palm sander and some #120-grit sandpaper.

After removing the sanding dust, I peeled back the front of a package of Minwax® Wood Finishing Cloths — 8 pre-moistioned cloths containing both a water based stain and finish – and began rubbing the “Dark Mahogany” stain and finish into the wood. As soon as I did, I wiped off the excess stain with a clean cloth, going in the direction of the grain of the wood. (PS – They include a pair of gloves!)

A few minutes later I was done, and the water-based stain and finish dried in less than 30 minutes, so I was able to sand, stain, finish, and complete my framing project long before lunch.

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by!


A Few Colorful Frames

April is Minwax National Woodworking Month®! To celebrate, wood finishing expert Bruce Johnson has written a few blog posts to inspire you to tackle a DIY project this month. Don’t forget to download the Minwax National Woodworking Month® mail-in rebate form, you could save up to $17 on select Minwax® products. 

For several years I organized a DIY stain and finish class in which the students worked on frames I made in my workshop. Over time I accumulated several leftover frames that I finally decided to “DIY-it myself” — and finish them for my collection of Arts and Crafts posters.

After a light sanding, I brushed a coat of  Minwax® Water-Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner on each one to decrease the likelihood of the wood turning blotchy when I applied my stain.

I love the Water Based Wood Stains because of the wide variety of colors, including “Green Tea” that I rubbed onto this particular frame.

Minwax® Water Based Wood Stains also come in several wood tone colors, including “American Walnut” shown on this frame, which I topcoated with clear Minwax® Polycrylic® Protective Finish, just as I did the other colors.

Since water-based products dry so quickly, I was able to condition, stain, and finish several frames over one weekend. I hung them downstairs in our house on Sunday evening, making me feel good about both utilizing the frames and getting my posters displayed!

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by!


Download the Minwax National Woodworking Month® mail-in rebate form here.

A New Use For Old Frames

We’ve all seen them, perhaps even have a few of our own stuck away in the garage: old picture frames. Too good to throw away, but we know we’re probably not going to need them to hold our next Renoir. So, why not find a new use for them? If you want to see what I came up with for my wife, Leigh Ann, just keep reading!

If your old frame still has a print or glass in it, you will first want to turn it over and remove the small nails imbedded in the back, or gently bend back wire loops that may be holding things together.

Quick Tip:  Always wear safety glasses in case one of the nails snaps off.

This frame’s finish was worn in several places, so I reached for my can of Minwax® Wipe-On Poly to bring the finish back to life. Just using a rag, I rubbed on a coat of Wipe-On Poly, then set it aside for a few hours to dry.

I then selected a piece of inexpensive ¼-inch birch plywood that would be both the backing and my display board. After giving it a light sanding and wiping off the dust, I applied a coat of “Golden Pecan” Minwax® Wood Finish stain to bring out the grain.

After the Wood Finish has dried (generally about 8 hours), I protected it with a coat of clear satin Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane applied with a natural bristle brush. I let my first coat dry 4-6 hours, then sanded it lightly with #220-grit sandpaper, wiped off the dust, and brushed on a second coat.

Once it had dried, I added brass cup hooks to my backing. See where this is going?

Quick Tip:  Rather than a drill, just use a small nail to punch a pilot hole for your threaded hooks.

My old frame now has two new uses: helping Leigh Ann keep her necklaces organized and providing her with some wall art. I think the two different wood tone colors make a dramatic contrast, but, of course, you can select any combination of Minwax® colors you like, perhaps matching the trim in your room.

And for rings, I placed a piece of corkboard in front of my backing and used straight pins to hold them. In addition to having a unique piece of art on her wall, she doesn’t have to dig through her jewelry box looking for them anymore.

I’m sure you’ll come up with a couple of ideas of your own!

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by!


PS – Be sure to check out the Minwax® Facebook page for more great tips, projects, and contests.

“Parting Shots”

We have finally started our kitchen remodeling project, and when it is done I am planning to share the day-by-day progress with you here. Since that is still a couple of weeks away, I thought I’d give you an idea of what our kitchen looked like after the carpenters had been here one day. Stay tuned! – Thanks, Bruce