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DIY Picture Frame

Happy Friday!  I’m excited to share the easy Picture Frame that is perfect for an easy project this weekend!

Picture-Frame-DIYIt’s not only super easy, I made it for under $10!  Whoop!

Here’s how:

1x12-boardI purchased a 1×12 @ 4 ft. and cut it in half.  You can make 2 of these frames with one board!

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MDI-letterI bought an MDI letter from Hobby Lobby for about $1.  (pick them up when they are one sale)!  I chose the initial of our last name 🙂

020066208455lgI wiped on one-coat of Rust-Oleum Light Walnut stain, with a foam brush.  I let it sit for about 5 minutes and then wiped the stain with a clean cloth.  Don’t wipe the stain away, just blend it.

Rust-Oleum-Chalkboard-Spray-PaintWhile the board was drying, I sprayed 2 coats of Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Spray Paint on the letter T.

rubbing-chalkI love how the letters turned out on my Fall Chalkboard Sign, so I used the same technique.  Just rub a piece of chalk all over the letter and wipe it off.  It gives the letter a true chalkboard look.

cheap-frameI picked up this 8×10 frame from Wal-Mart for $3!  Score 🙂

Rustoleum_Heirloom_White_edited-1I sprayed about 2-coats of our favorite, Rust-Oleum Heirloom White on the frame

Distress-Frameand distressed it with my Ryobi Corner Cat Sander.  Loved using this sander on the frame.  The point on the end made it so easy to get in the corners of the frame.

attach-screwTo hang the frame, I put a screw about 2 1/2″ from the top of the board (just eyeball it)

break-off-back-of-frameNow, rip off the thing on the back of the frame that makes it stand.  I just bent it backwards until the hinge popped off.  Now you can just hang it on the screw.

Gorilla-Glue-Super-Glue-GelTo attach the letter, I used Gorilla Glue Super Glue Gel.  I just centered it on the bottom half of the board.

Flat-Rolled-RosettesTo finish her off, I added a few burlap, flat-rolled rosettes.  Three on the bottom left corner and one at the top right corner of the frame.  You can check out the tutorial for these cute rosettes HERE.

To hang, I just used a sawtooth hanger on the back of the board and an anchor in the wall.

DIY-FrameLOVE 🙂

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DIY-Picture-Frame

Picture-Frame-DIYI’m thinking Christmas gifts 🙂 You could also glue the frame down but I like to be able to swap the pictures out 🙂

I hope you love my cute, DIY Picture Frame 🙂

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Thanks for stopping by!

~Ashley

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43 Comments

  1. Christie Westbrook Heckler on August 17, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    How is the back done for allowing for hanging on wall?

  2. Ingrid Quintana on March 24, 2016 at 7:28 am

    thank you for the idea was beautiful!!!

  3. Jessica White on October 14, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Thanks for the great idea! Here is my version!

  4. Stephanie Lucas on September 22, 2014 at 8:18 am

    I absolutely love this! I know what my family will be getting for Christmas! Thank you for sharing!

  5. Nicole Jakubowski on July 30, 2014 at 7:42 am

    This is gorgeous!!! Are you sure the measurements are correct? With only 2 ft in length for each one (you said you can make 2), I don’t see how the 8×10 frame and letter fit on there with room to spare?

  6. Sheri on May 11, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    I was wondering if the frame has to be made out of wood? The only thin one’s I could find at Dollar Tree or Walmart were not wood, they were plastic. Can’t wait to make this one…..Thank you!

    • Karli Meierding on January 5, 2015 at 8:41 pm

      the one I found was at Walmart, and she found it for $3 but mine was $4 ! It is plastic

  7. Melissa on December 29, 2013 at 10:01 am

    I found this on Pinterest and made 2 of these as Christmas gifts. They were such a hit! Thank you so much for the idea 🙂

  8. Eric on December 18, 2013 at 9:57 am

    What type of sandpaper did you use on the picture frame?

  9. Twyla Rogers on November 22, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    You are very talented! Thank you so much for sharing this. I can’t wait to make these for christmas presents. Do you have a specific technique for the staining? I love the way you made it look!

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  11. Stephanie Neal on November 21, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    What is the size of the letter and what is the exact length on the 1×12? Thanks!!

    • Shanty2Chic on November 21, 2013 at 1:09 pm

      The board is about 2 ft. I cut a 4 footer in half. The MDI letter is 9″ I believe. Hope this helps!

      • Stephanie Neal on November 21, 2013 at 1:20 pm

        I cut a board 27 inches and used a 8×10 frame and an 9in letter and didnt have near the space you did. Something is off somewhere.

        • Stephanie Neal on November 21, 2013 at 1:24 pm

          This is mine! 27 inch board with 9 inch letter from Hobby Lobby and a dollar store frame. See I dont have the same about of room as you did! I thought maybe your board was longer than 24 inch.

          • Shanty2Chic on November 21, 2013 at 1:44 pm

            That looks great! I know mine is 24″. They look like they have the same space left to me. Mine may look like it has more dove because my letter is a “T”??



          • Stephanie Neal on November 21, 2013 at 2:40 pm

            Ok Thanks!! 🙂 Happy Crafting!!!



  12. Toni on October 25, 2013 at 8:47 am

    LOVE! Definitely on the Christmas list to make for the grandparents! Question: My fiance and I aren’t married yet but we have children together. Can you think of something I could use instead of an initial for the bottom half?

    • Natalie Mitchell on December 21, 2013 at 4:27 pm

      You could use cork board, paint the wood with chalkboard paint and make the border with burlap roses in the corners. Or even make it a key ring holder on the bottom half!

  13. Lindsay Belle Brooks on October 22, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Hi there! I can’t wait to make this for Christmas gifts this year! I just got married and I know this will be awesome! Can you point me in the direction for the link for the how to make the burlap rosettes? It seems the link is not on here. thanks so much!

    • Stephanie Neal on November 21, 2013 at 1:18 pm

      If you google burlap rosette tutorial on youtube, there are several good ones.

  14. Irene J. on October 13, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Love it ! 🙂
    Thank you for sharing 🙂

  15. Kimberly Deacon on October 11, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Love it, what size is the MDI Letter

  16. Jamie Schwerdtfeger on October 11, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    This is so cute!

    I have another general question. I love all your projects but wonder if you have problems ever hanging stuff that is made completely out of wood, just seems like sometimes your projects are really heavy and I don’t like to use a lot of anchors in the walls bc of the holes they leave… Anythoughts?

  17. Denise on October 11, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Love this! Yet another project of yours that is going on my to do list 🙂

  18. Kim Larson on October 11, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Fantastic!

  19. Angie on October 11, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Our Home Depot doesn’t have the Rust-Oleum stain… I finally found it at Hobby Lobby after checking several stores. Where do you find yours?

    • Shanty2Chic on October 11, 2013 at 12:04 pm

      We get the Rust-Oleum stain at Lowe’s but Home Depot carries Varathane brand which is also made by Rust-oleum!

  20. Casey on October 11, 2013 at 10:04 am

    I love everything you girls do!! One question: Do you ever have issues with the width being just shy of what it is supposed to be? ie 2X6 being less than truly 6 in? I had issues when i tried to make the mason jar hanging sconces and I worry that this might be the same thing? or do you get your wood somewhere other than lowes or hd and this isnt a problem? let me know!
    thanks!
    casey

    • Shanty2Chic on October 11, 2013 at 11:09 am

      Hi Casey! Great question! Boards are rounded up. So, a 2×6 is actually 5 3/4″ wide..a 2×4 is 3 3/4″ wide etc. This does vary but this is a good rule of thumb! Hope this helps:)

  21. Kristie on October 11, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Where did you find the Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Spray Paint?

    • Shanty2Chic on October 11, 2013 at 8:31 am

      At Home Depot Kristie:)

      • Heather Bishop Shubert on October 11, 2013 at 11:54 am

        They have it at Walmart, too. I just bought some for another project.

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