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Simple Father’s Day Picture Frame…from Scrap Wood

Father’s Day is only 4 days away……ACK, I know!  SO SOON.  I had the best of intentions to have the kids help me make Steve several gifts from the Father’s Day Gift Ideas post a few weeks ago.  Buuuuut, well, I had about 100 other things come up.  But then Home Depot asked me to participate in their Father’s Day Program and well, that got me thinking……..Steve is really into word-working lately and loves his tools.  What he’d probably really love this year more than anything else, is some new kind of drill attachment, a better funtioning tool box, some fancy blade for his monster saws, or I don’t know……some other type of man toy from our closest home improvement store, Home Depot.

 

So, yep, a gift card it is.  That way, he can pick whatever cool new gadget he wants.  And even though Steve would probably be really happy with a lonely little gift card, I had to pair it up with something.  (Maybe that’s because I don’t just want a measly little gift card, no matter the amount on the card.  I love when there’s a little thought added to gifts.)  So — I transformed a few pieces of scrap fence wood (no, we’re not building a fence….it’s just inexpensive wood that I had on hand from another project), into a little picture frame.  Showcasing his 3 most favorite little people in this world.

 

***And just remember, this could be a frame for anything.  Not just Father’s Day.  Just imagine how cute this would be hanging on your wall, sitting on a dresser, or up on a mantel…..with any ol’ pictures in there.

 

 

However, I had the hardest time choosing between the “sweet and cute little faces” to attach to the frame (option 1) or the “silly and crazy” ones (option 2).

 

 

 

So, I’m giving him both.  And Steve can swap out whatever little crazy faces he’s in the mood for……and keep his frame right on his desk at work.  (Those photos are 4×6 inches in size, trimmed down a bit on the bottom.)

 

 

 

If you look closely, there are just 3 horizontal pieces of wood with some strips of wood on top.  A cute 10 x 18 inch frame, made from two raggedy pieces of fencing wood.  So quick to make and VERY inexpensive……2 of my favorite things! :)

 

 

 

Oh, and each picture is attached by some fat roofing-type nails (that I painted black on the heads).

 

 

 

And yeah, because I couldn’t decide on which photo group, I just put both under each nail.  That way, Steve can decide.

 

 

 

Oh, and the nails aren’t hammered in all the way…..and pull in and out like a thumb tack (but stay really snug, so don’t worry!)

 

 

 

Yes, I’m sure Steve will treasure this frame.

But I know he’ll REALLY love what’s on that gift card. A perfect gift for Father’s Day! :)

 

 

 

 

Oh wait, did you forget one of you gets a gift card to spend too? 

 

Yep, you can use it for a belated Father’s Day gift (because this won’t quite arrive in time for Sunday)…..or hey, use it for an upcoming birthday/anniversary/etc.  (Or use it yourself……haha!  I buy just as much at our Home Depot down the road as Steve does.)

 

But if you don’t win — head to your local Home Depot (or Home Depot online for eGift Cards) and give dad what he really wants this year!

 

***GIVEAWAY entry down below, after the picture frame tutorial.***

EDITED:  WINNER CHOSEN!!!

 

 

 

Okay, let’s get started.

 

Supplies:

  • Any type of 3 1/2 wide wood pieces, about 1/2 inch thick (I bought 2 6-foot pieces.)
  • black/brown acrylic paint
  • white/cream acrylic paint (Or whatever you have on hand.  I used semi-gloss creamy-white paint.  Spray paint would work too.)
  • sand paper
  • wood glue
  • nails for assembling the frame (with a smaller head)
  • 3 1-inch roofing nails (with a really large head)

 

Now, your supplies may differ a little, depending on the type of wood you buy.  But I bought 2 pieces of fencing wood (which is pretty rough and jagged at some points, but adds to the look of this distressed frame) that were 6 feet long, 3 3/8 inch wide and about 1/2 inch thick.  I cut them down to the dimensions below.

 

The three pieces on the left are for the base of the frame, the 2 pieces on the right are for the more narrow framing on the top of the frame.  But both of those will be cut in half lengthwise, creating 4 total pieces.   But in case your wood is a little different width and such……this is how I figured out those measurements.  I first decided how wide I wanted to make my frame and I decided on 18 inches (so that it would fit four 4×6 photos inside the added framing on top).  Then, I had to decide how many pieces I needed and if it would stack tall enough to fit the picture size I wanted.  When I stacked those 3 pieces together, the height was about 10.25 inches and I knew that would work, if I cut down my 4×6 pictures just a tad.  So I went with it.  And then I decided that I would stack the more narrow frame on top, about 1/2 inch from the edges.  So I cut a piece of wood that was 1 inch shorter than the length of the frame and another piece that was 1 inch shorter than the height of the frame…….which is where I got my 17 inch piece and my 9.25 inch piece.  Make sense?

 

 

Okay, so with the 2 shorter pieces of wood (shown on the right in the photo above), we cut right in half lengthwise.

 

 

Then, we cut each end off those 4 pieces, at a 45 degree angle (making sure you cut the 45 degree in the correct position so the pieces will fit together as a frame—see below).

 

 

Here are all 4 pieces, with their ends cut off at a 45 degree angle.

 

 

See how nicely they fit together?

 

 

Now, line up your 3 base pieces in front of you (I kept an ever so slight crack between the 3 pieces…..just for effect).  Then, center the top frame pieces on top of that.  Add some wood glue to the back of the frame pieces and then place them right back where you had them.  Once all is glued, nail each piece in place.  (I used a nail gun, so all my nails were buried.  If you’re using a hammer and nails, just buy a small nail head and nail them right in.  This is more of a distressed look, so if your nails show a bit, don’t worry….it’ll still look great!)  Oh, and you can add more nail holes and/or dent up the wood a bit more, if desired.

 

 

Now, you can either add a picture hanger to the back to be hung on the wall……or create 2 little legs for your frame to stand with on a desk/shelf/table.  Cut 2 pieces from your leftover wood that are 3.25 inches long.  Then, cut one end off at a 20 degree angle.  (Or a 70 degree angle……however you look at it!)

 

 

Once you place the long edge of the wood on the table, you’ll see the angle that you cut gives the frame the perfect angle to rest against.

 

 

Then place some glue along the angle of the 2 wood legs and place along the back (and bottom edge) of the frame.  Positioning can be a little tricky though, so I placed the frame halfway off the edge of a table facing up, so that I cut see where I was placing each leg.  I placed it directly below the thickest part of the frame, so I could nail through that frame that’s set on top of the base……so that the nail holes would kind of blend in with the others.  I added my first nail hole where the arrow is above and then several more behind the first, securing the rest of the leg in place.

 

 

Then, I added a bit more glue to the sides of each leg, for added stability, and then let the whole thing dry completely.

 

 

Okay, next…..painting.  How your frame looks is completely up to you.  You could stain, paint, or even sand it a bit and leave it alone.  However, I decided to go with a more shabby rustic look.  And I wanted a lighter frame, so that my black/white photos would show up a little better.  But before adding the white paint, I mixed some brown/black acrylic paint…

 

 

…and then painted it onto all of the edges and corners of the frame.  I didn’t cover it completely because I didn’t want it too dark but mostly the areas I knew that I would be sanding later on to reveal the dark edges.

 

 

Once, that was dry, I painted with a creamy white paint.  (I have some from our baseboards we’re painting.)  However, you could use more acrylic paint, some spray paint, or whatever you have on hand. :)

 

 

Once that’s dry, grab some sandpaper and start roughing it up a bit, letting some of that dark paint come through.  You can now seal with some clear glaze (you can purchase it in a spray can, which is super easy to apply) or you can just leave it plain…which is what I did.

 

 

Now, decide on some photos and print them out. (If you need to buy letters, you only need one “D” and one “A”, since the letters never appear in a photo at the same time.  Or, you could cut letters out of thick poster board.  Or cardboard.  Or whatever you have on hand!)

 

Oh, and 4×6 inch photos are a little too tall for this frame so I had to decide early on if I wanted to add one more piece of wood to the base and make it 4 pieces tall……but decided that would swallow up the pictures a bit.  So, I decided I would print pictures that had some empty room at the bottom that could be cut off about 3/4 of an inch.

 

Then, I used short and squatty roofing nails (with a nice big head) and nailed each picture in.  However, I only nailed them in slightly so that I could pull them out to swap pictures.  And since the nails have such a big head, they pull in and out like a thumb tack.

 

 

Once I was finishing hammering the nails and positioning them just how I wanted them, I pulled them out and painted the nail head black.

 

 

And that’s it!!!

 

This would be darling in any room.  Or on any shelf.  Are the ideas brewing in your head?

 

Have fun with it!

 

 

Okay, ready for the $100 giveaway??  Yeah, me too.  This is the fun part! :)

EDITED: WINNER CHOSEN!!!!

 

 

Good luck!

-Ashley


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Ashley Johnston

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Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
Simple father’s day picture frame…from scrap wood
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Comments

  1. Kim adair says:

    I would be simple and put it in a card or have my toddler give it to him

  2. Michelle J. says:

    I’d use it as a bookmark!

  3. Thomas Murphy says:

    I would buy my dad a new pair of jeans and put it in the pocket.

  4. linda says:

    I.would put it in his.new wheelbarrow

  5. Sarah Kelly says:

    I’d probably put it in his pile of tools currently sitting in the living room for a big project we’re working on. Then I’d nag him to put his tools away so he’d see it.

  6. Carmen N says:

    I would package it with a big bag of nuts :)

    1. Carmen N says:

      I should say – the kind you eat, not the metal variety.

  7. Erika W says:

    What a cute idea and great looking family! Happy Father’s Day!

  8. Gina M says:

    I would include it in a brand new toolbox!

    Entered the rafflecopter form as “Wild Orchid”

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  9. Nita says:

    Place it in a Father’s Day card!

  10. Leigh says:

    I’d hide the gift card at the bottom of a plate of his favorite cookies. ;)

  11. Leidy says:

    I would put it in a mason jar with little notes from my children and photo confetti of our family

  12. Angie says:

    I’d pin it to the t-shirt I embellished for him with my embroidery machine… [Knock(3)+$0.01]x3… He’s a mathematician and a huge Big Bang Theory fan! :-)

  13. Angie says:

    I’d pin it to the t-shirt I embellished for him with my embroidery machine… [Knock(3)+$0.01]x3… He’s a mathematician and a huge Big Bang Theory fan! :-)

  14. John Hutchens says:

    I would add in into the tackle box I got him for fathers day

  15. Rachel says:

    The hubs is going to be a father for the first time this fall – we’d love to win so we can get our DIY on for the nursery!

    1. Rachel says:

      Oops – didn’t answer the question. I think I’d put it inside the book on being a dad that I bought him.

  16. christine jessamine says:

    this would be fun to put in a tool box

  17. Amanda N. says:

    Taped to the top of the homemade key lime pie that I made him!!!

  18. D Schmidt says:

    I would package it in a homemade mug with cards made by my children.

  19. Mary Jenkins says:

    I would give my husband a new wallet with the home depot card tucked inside. Or really, I would just hand it to him probably. I get lazy sometimes!

  20. T Michelle Trump says:

    I would put in a small tool box.

  21. shaunie says:

    I would package it in a small photo album and he would see it as he would turn the pages

  22. quinn says:

    Even without a creative delivery, this would be a very welcome gift!

  23. Haley Grossman says:

    My husband and I don’t do gifts for each other…for anything. But the kids do homemade gifts so that is what he expects. I would sneak it in with one of the drawings or homemade cards. Not very “creative” but would def. catch him by surprise.

  24. Cindy A. says:

    My mister is also a car guy so I would hide it inside a bucket of cleaning products.

  25. M Hebert says:

    Let my daughter decorate a little box and put it inside

  26. Rhonda G says:

    I would package it in a small toolbox! He loves his tools.

  27. Darlene says:

    I would pair it with some candy and movie tickets. Once my dad has worked hard being Mr. Fix-it we can enjoy time together watching a movie!

  28. Megan says:

    I’d include it in our homemade cards, probably with a list of “suggestions” of what to use it for :)

  29. Dani says:

    Pack it in a bigger box to hopefully surprise him!

  30. Pam S says:

    I would slide it into a candy bar wrapper. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  31. anna pry says:

    i would hide it in his toolbox or lunchbox

  32. Shelly says:

    I’d wrap it in notes/pictures my kids wrote for him.

  33. Jennifer says:

    Wish I’d seen this before I spent 30 minutes wandering around the craft store looking for a rustic frame for our father’s day gift! I will definitely try this out for another project, though! Thanks for the great tutorial!

  34. Michele says:

    We would pair it with some new jeans and a shirt. That way we can all go out to dinner after he has worked hard doing repairs (which he loves to do!). Thanks!

  35. Jenna Ratcliffe says:

    I think I would include it in a card attached to a large candy bar or jar of his favorite candy. Can never go wrong with sweets!

  36. Bonnie says:

    I would hide it in a card for him that would be placed in the middle of our house while it is being painted and that way he can help decorate.

  37. Elizabeth says:

    My kids are excited about making hand-painted cards for their Daddy on Father’s Day. The addition of the Home Depot gift card to put inside would be perfect!

  38. Allison says:

    Cool project!

  39. Erica says:

    I would let my daughters make their dad a card and put it inside :)

  40. Erica says:

    great giveaway, thanks!

  41. Cynthia says:

    I might put it in the middle of a jar of gummies or I really like the frame idea!

  42. David says:

    I would give him a really ugly, cheap wallet that it would be inside of. He would think I got him this crappy wallet that he would be compelled to use, at least when I am around.

  43. Rhonda HIgh says:

    We would love gift card from home depot. :) Always comes in handy with a fixer-upper. Awesome project by the way..love it. :)

  44. Michelle C says:

    I like making candy bouquets and adding the gift card in… that’s always been well received. Thanks for the chance to win!
    mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

  45. Jen H says:

    My 6 yr old would love to come up with a fun way to wrap it. He probably would use watercolors.

  46. Jennifer H. says:

    I’d put it in an envelope w/ his name on it… then I’d put the envelope under the sander that he has laying around on the dining room table, and then… I’d ask him to put away the sander… … !

  47. Andi says:

    This is adorable! Can’t wait to pull the miter saw out of the box!

    1. Andi says:

      Oh and I would probably package it inside of the tool chest so he can pick and choose what to fill it with

  48. Sharon says:

    Great Father’s Day gift!!

  49. Jessica Lapp-Singh says:

    Have our daughter ask him to go to Home Depot and hide it in his wallet!

  50. Lori says:

    Super cute!!

  51. Liz says:

    I would tape it to a jar of lima beans and wrap it. It’s a joke my dad and I have from a while back and I try to bring it up every once in a while.

  52. Gina S says:

    I’d probably attach it to a jar of nuts with a card saying “we’re nuts about you!”

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