How to Build Your Own Picture Frame

As a child, one of my favourite creative activity was painting pictures and designing art frames. It is a hobby for most kids in the 21st century, but technology has made it very easy. Picture frames and other forms of art storage can be formed from a range of materials. The most important element of this style of art is the picture. Depending on your taste, it is easy to personalize your home décor with picture frames to give it that exhibition showcase feel. Let us show you how to build some amazing picture frames.

Choose Suitable Hardwood Materials

For the sake of popular demands, we shall choose hardwood lumber as a material for designing our picture frames. Mahogany is an ideal material with rich texture and great material strength. However, wooden materials with deep brown colours add unique accents to picture frames. When polished with oil, the beautiful hardwood lumber keeps an evergreen appearance.

Take Dimensions and Mat the Frame

Capturing the right dimension for your picture frame is very important. Also, the image has to fit the frame and its dimensions. You have to measure the mat (plain paper or cardboard) border before nailing the hardwood frame. Use a mitre saw and set it at an angle of 45 degrees. Ensure to mark this angle with a pencil before hand-cutting with the handsaw. Then plane the wooden boards and smoothen its edges. This process ensures that it has a professional finish. Without a mat, your picture will look like an ordinary art material inside a cheap frame. Also, the mat makes it easier for everyone to see your picture from a distance. Do not forget that the size of your mat depends on the material, the desired width. Usually, the shortest dimension for the inner edges of the mat is between ¼ to ⅓ of the image’s width. To cut wooden frames accurately, consider the width length of its outer edges. Use this formula – L = E + (2 x W) + (2 x C). Where L is the length (width), C for the clearance of your mat, and W is the frame material’s width.

Smoothen with Sandpapers

You can smoothen all surfaces of the hardwood material with coarse-grit sandpaper. I recommend a belt sander (100) for this process because it applies an accurate sanding to the material’s surface. An oscillating pad sander might scrape against the grain and leave marks on the wooden surface. Switch to a higher grit paper (between 200-400) or hand-sanding method after using the belt sander.

Nails or Glue?

While some people prefer to use the glue, nails need power tools or hammers to make them stay firm on wooden frames. However, wood glue is a cheap product that is easy to get from craft stores. One of the disadvantages of using nails for wooden frames is the risk of putting large holes in the frame. Normally, thick wooden frames are compatible with both thick, and long nails.

Coat with Your Favourite Colour

Depending on what colour you choose to personalize your frame, let it align with the wall’s (room) background. This idea helps to accentuate your picture’s design. Then, place a glass sheet on the image and mat. Many people will prefer to stain the wood with another colour shade. Use a stain brush to apply the extra coat evenly. It gives a contrasting colour and flavour to the overall appearance.

The Finishing

This process is important because it will enhance your frame with a nice shine. Rebate the edges of your wooden frame if the angles of the frame do not fit evenly. Then, use clamps to secure the angles firmly. Apply small nails at the edges of the frame if the glue is not firm. Also, wood fillers can help to fill any gaps around the wooden material.