Home DIY: Picture Frames

When I was a kid, I dreamed of what my house would look like one day. What kind of furniture I would have, how I would decorate it etc. Something you don’t realize when you’re a kid is that furniture/paint/decorations cost mad $$$$. I moved into my apartment with an idea of creating a piece of ever evolving art, aka a gallery wall. Now most people think of a gallery wall as a wall full of picture frames filled with photos and momentos and whatever else. Well, don’t mind me, just daring to be different, but I wanted a wall of frames. just frames. Now don’t get me wrong, some of them are filled, but the majority are empty. So when people say, “when are you going to fill those frames up?” I say, “NEVER!!!!” I digress. Anywho, in case you haven’t paroused a frame store recently frames are expensive. So I decided to DIY a few frames up.

Here is what you need:

  • Cardboard-in all shapes and sizes
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Various objects with round edge- i.e. jars, glasses, CD (do people still have these)
  • Spray Paint or any paint will do

You need to do a little pre planning to decide what kinds of frames you want. Tall? Long? Wide? I began this project thinking I was going to create baroque inspired picture frames and quickly realized that 1. i cannot draw baroque inspired lines on cardboard and 2. even if i could, cutting them out would be AWFUL.

So this is the easy route, I decided to make some bigger frames and some smaller frames. I measured a width of 2 inches and then created eight 12 x 2 inch planks. I then created 8 x 2 inch planks and started glueing/taping these all together. These guys combined give you 12 x 8, 12 x 12 or 8 x8 frames. The possibilities are endless! To make bigger frames, just make your planks longer!

To do the decorating part, because just basic frames are boring, use the cups/glasses/jars to create circles, because I cannot cut a free hand perfect circle for the life of me. Then you can cut the circles in half or in fourths for a variety of decorative ideas.

Finally, the fun part: PAINT! I used spray paint because it’s faster to cover lots of ground, but you could customize these guys anyway you wanted. Feel like drawing pretty flowers? Go for it! Just know that cardboard will absorb paint, so I would suggest giving all of your frames a great base coat (2-3) before getting fancy.


These frames aren’t suppose to be perfect, mine definitely aren’t but all of my friends will tell you, especially my Wagon, that I am not, nor will I ever be especially careful or care all that much about “clean lines.” I like to think that my frames thrive in their imperfections.



Also this is perfecto for something that you would like to actually frame but don’t feel like shelling out $80+


just sayin

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