DIY Wooden Frames

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There is a great little shop on Market Square here in Downtown Knoxville called Bliss. There are actually two shops, Bliss – carrying women’s clothing & accessories & Bliss Home – with beautiful furnishings for you home, including furniture. I stopped in back in October during a lunch break one day and saw these rustic wooden frames.

Inspiration Frames: Bliss Home Wooden Frames

I asked if I could take photos of the frames to show Caveman, they said sure I could photograph whatever I wanted! As soon as I saw these I knew I could recreate them, with the help of my Dad of course! ;) The backdrop for the frame is 1/4″ boards in varying widths held together with one or two layers of 1/8″ plywood placed on top. The originals also had glass or plexiglass with rectangular washers and screws holding the photos on, but I was afraid the glass would make them too heavy.

From what I could tell the sizes ranged from the smaller frames of three 4×6 photos on a single wooden frame or two 5×7 photos; to the larger frames with either an 8×10 or 11×14 sized photo. I knew I wanted at least two frames  for 11×14 photos and both of the smaller versions. With this knowledge Dad & I got to work and were able to finish the frames just before Christmas. And there they sat waiting for photos….

You last heard of my mod-podge adventures here, in February. I applied my photos to foam board and finally got around to attaching them to the frames!! I’m happy to say that everything turned out beautifully.

Gallery Wall (in progress)

And here’s a close-up of the bottom of one of the bigger frames in the picture above.

4 board slats, held together with 2 sheets of 1/8" plywood

Basically we used 1/4″ cedar boards for the back, then layered 2 sheets of 1/8″ plywood on top and attached them together with a brad-nailer. The 1st plywood sheet was increased from 11×14 to 14×17 and the 2nd sheet was increased to 17×20, thus leaving an 1.5″ border.  I spray painted all the pieces and then sanded down the edges to distress them before nailing everything together. I mounted the photos on 1/8″ foam board, then we tacked the photos to the frame on each of the four corners with decorative tacks we found at Lowe’s.

Here is a closeup of one of the 4×6 smaller frames, I turned it horizontally and put it on the opposite green wall.

And an overview of the green wall (in progress of course)

I haven’t finished the 5×7 frames yet, because I need 5×7 sized pictures, but I can’t decided on which ones I’d like to use. I believe the most expensive components of this project were the decorative tacks, we went through 2 boxes and I need at least one more box to finish up the photos for the bedroom. I’ll give you another update as soon as those are done, probably in another couple of months, LOL! ;)

The overall cost of the project was around $5 per frame; this includes paint, decorative tacks and photos. Most of the smaller 4×6 photos I got for free from Shutterfly (I love their quality and prices too!), but the larger photos were $3.99 a piece. You can find more info on them here. The price tag for the original frames, that didn’t include your photos, was $125 a piece for the larger 11×14 frames and around $80 for the smaller frames. I’ll take ~ $5 per frame any time!

These frames fit our decor and lifestyle so well. I love it that all I need to do is mount new photos to foam board to change up the look.

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