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Make a Simple Picture Frame

With a few simple tools, you can make the picture frame used in the "Faux Leather Finish" how-to article. This frame, along with a faux finish, is a great family project. Adults can do the cutting, and children can handle the decorating. Lowe's is happy to provide this information as a service to you.

Tools & Materials


  • Jig saw with bits

  • Router (optional)

  • Dust mask

  • Goggles

  • Hearing Protection


  • Piece of 1x10 lumber

  • 3/8" dowel rod

  • Glazing points (if you are using a router)

  • Thumb tacks (if you are not using a router)

  • Sandpaper


Front of the frame.

Back of the frame. Note the hole for the dowel piece that serves as a stand.

  • Cut a piece of 1x10 into an 9"x9" square. Make a slight arc or round-over at each corner to give the frame a softer look.

  • Use your tape measure and square to draw a 4"x4" square centred on the board. If 4"x4" is too small, adjust the square to be 3/4" smaller on each side than your picture.

  • Bore a hole at each corner of the square and use the jig saw to cut the hole out.

  • Use a piloted 3/8" rabbeting bit to make a rabbet in the back face of the frame, around the centre hole. If you don't have a router, just push thumb tacks into the back of the frame to hold the picture in place.

  • Bore a 3/8" diameter hole 1/2" deep in the back of the frame. The hole should be centred from left to right and 5/8" in from the edge.

  • Sand the frame, paying special attention to the rounded edges.

  • Cut a piece of 3/8" dowel rod 3" long. When you push the dowel into the hole, it serves as a stand for the frame.

  • Use stain or a faux technique to finish the frame.

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