With a few simple tools, you can make your own custom picture frame. This frame, along with a faux finish, is a great family project you can do together in an afternoon. Adults can do the cutting, while children are in charge of the decorating.

Steps
8
Difficulty
Easy
Time Required
1Afternoon
Estimated Cost
$$$

What You Need for This Project

STEP ONE

Cut the Frame

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

STEP TWO

Cut a Space for the Picture

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

STEP THREE

Bore Corner Holes

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

STEP FOUR

Make Rabbets on the Back

Use a piloted 3/8 in. 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.

STEP FIVE

Bore a Hole on the Back

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

STEP SIX

Sand Things Smooth

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

STEP SEVEN

Make the Frame Stand

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

STEP EIGHT

Finish the Frame

Use paint, stain, or a faux technique to finish the frame.

How To Terms

Tools, products, materials, techniques, building codes, and local regulations change; therefore, Lowe's assumes no liability for omissions, errors, or the outcome of any project. The reader must always exercise reasonable caution, follow current codes and regulations that may apply, and is urged to consult with a licensed professional if in doubt about any procedures.

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