In this post I show you how to use scrap flooring to make your own custom picture frame. I also give you a festive pumpkin printable to put in your newly made frames!
Do you have scrap flooring?
If you have done any DIY projects, then most likely you have odds and ends of random materials lying around. One that we have a fair bit of is flooring. We have a box of pre-finished hardwood, a box of laminate flooring, and also a nice stack of reclaimed hardwood (my favorite).
I love using things we have on hand to make something “new”. I can actually count at least five projects here in my home that we have made from flooring. Last week I shared how to make these cute crates. Today, I would like to share one of the simplest projects.
This is Assuming you have some tools
I am going to assume that if you are a DIYER and have a stash of materials; that you also have some tools. While making the frame is simple, it will require some power tools. For this project, we used a table saw, a mitre saw, a router and a nailer.
You could use straight cuts and simplify this without mitred corners. If you have the capability though, it makes the frame look extra nice!
We used four pieces of reclaimed hardwood flooring for the large frame. 2-17″ and 2-14″
One piece of 5.2mm plywood. Large enough for the back
A hanger of some sort, we used a saw tooth thingy
A small piece of metal to hold the back of the picture in place.
Start with measuring–these instructions are for 3/4″ hardwood flooring.
To begin, decide what size frame you want. We made a large frame to hold an 8×10, and also a simple rustic 5×7 frame. These are our measurements, but you may want to make some different size frames. For the larger frame, I had a matte that I wanted to use. The matte measured 11×14, so the frame itself is 17×14″ with a 13 1/4 ” opening in the front. The routed edge is 1/4″x 1/4,” and the mitred cuts are 45 degree angles. The thin plywood is also 11×14 and is 5.2mm thick.
Rip the tongue and the Groove
Start with ripping the tongue and the groove off of the sides of the boards using a table saw
Next use a router
This is how you make a place in the wood for the picture to rest. Ours was 1/4″ by 1/4″
Make some cuts
A rustic frame looks great with just straight cuts. A fancier look uses mitred corners. Ours again are 45 degrees.
Glue and nail your corners together
We used one brad nail in each mitred corner. Now you have a frame from scrap flooring!
Using laminate flooring
The laminate floor frame was a bit of an experiment. However, it turned out usable. It certainly has a bit more rustic look.
My husband used a radial arm saw for this. This made it sort of like a puzzle the way the sides locked into each other. I think this could be done with more primitive tools like a straight knife and chisel, if you were so inclined.
Glue and clamp the pieces together.
I didn’t get fancy with the back at all. I just used masking tape to hold the cardstock on the back. You certainly could make a groove and cut a very thin back, but it would need to be something thin like a cereal box. The laminate is quite thin like 8mm. It doesn’t make the sturdiest frame, but for something inexpensive that you could change out frequently, it is perfect.
Free Pumpkin Watercolor
I painted this watercolor pumpkin to share with you for fall. It is in my free printable library. I made it in 8×10 and 5×7 sizes. My subscribers have access to the library and all the printables that are in there. If you are not a subscriber, it’s easy, just fill out the pop-up form or the one over in my sidebar. You will then receive a welcome e-mail with the password. After that I only send e-mails when I have new posts.