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Want to add some farmhouse charm to your home? Learn how to make this rustic wood frame that will fit an 8×10 photo.


Did you have family photos taken this year? Have your favorite one live somewhere where you can enjoy it all-year-round, not just on social media and holiday cards.  We’re talking about building your very own DIY rustic wood frame. This frame is fun, simple to make, and will only take a couple hours to complete.

For this project you will need:

  • 6 pieces of 1×3 wood, 22 inches long
  • 3 pieces of 1×3 wood, 15 inches long
  • 2 pieces of 1×3 wood, 13 inches long
  • 1 scrap piece of wood, approx 1 ½ inches
  • Sandpaper, or sanding block
  • 1 hinge
  • 2 mini clothespins
  • 1 inch wood nails
  • Screw driver
  • Wood stain
  • Small amount of grey paint (if distressed stain is desired)
  • Rag
  • Steel wool
  • Glue

Step 1: Cut Wood to Size

The first step in making the wood frame is to cut the wood to the proper sizes. 1×3 wood is thin and easy to cut whether you’re using a hand saw or a powered saw.  Once all the pieces are cut, it is a good idea to give all the edges a light sand to eliminate any jagged edges.

Step 2: Assemble Base of Frame

Next, take the 6 pieces of 22-inch wood, and the two pieces of 13-inch wood. With these, you will begin assembly on the bones of the frame. Flip the 22-inch slats over with the nice side (the side you want to be the front of your frame) facing down. Place the 13-inch pieces of wood on top of them.  Using wood screws, drill the screws through both pieces of wood.


Step 3: Attach Horizontal Slats

Next, using two of the pieces that are 15 inches long, follow the same process to attach the horizontal slats on the front of the frame.  You will want to drill these in from the back so you don’t see the screws from the front.

Step 4: Stain the Wood

Get ready to stain the wood.  For this project, I went with a weathered look. Now, this is going to sound silly, but to achieve this look, dunk a piece of steel wool in your stain so it absorbs the stain. While that is soaking, go over the wood frame with a light coat of gray paint mixed with stain and quickly wipe it off.

Then, using the steel wool, go over it again with just a coat of stain. You may need to repeat this process multiple times to achieve the look you are trying for. Don’t be shy! Oh, and don’t forget to stain your two mini clothes pins while you’re getting things good and messy.

Step 5: Attach Kickstand

Once everything is completely dry, it’s time to attach the leg of the frame so it is able to be freestanding. Take your last piece of wood measuring at 15 inches and your scrap piece of wood that is about 1 ½ inches and secure them together using your hinge.

Once they are adjoined by the hinge, screw the scrap wood into the back of the frame. Viola! Your frame should now be able to stand up on its own!



Step 6: Glue on Clothespins

The last step is to attach your mini clothes pins to the front of the frame.  The clothes pins and the photo don’t weigh a lot, so you can use any glue you have on hand like wood glue, super glue, hot glue, or craft glue.


Congratulations on a job well done. Now you have a frame made with love to show off all the love you have for your family.


Questions or comments? Leave them below! We’d love to hear from you!

About the Author

Jackie Hausler

Jackie Hausler seeks to inspire creativity in the name of reclaiming, reusing and upcycling. With each project, she walks followers through do-it-yourself projects, shows how to give old items a new chance at life, and teaches ways to be eco-friendly and live a green lifestyle. She believes making your house a home doesn't have to be expensive to be beautiful and is passionate about accomplishing that while being kind to our earth. Jackie is the founder of the home and lifestyle blog Haus2Home.

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