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How to Make a Picture Frame from Scrap Wood

Here's how to make a picture frame using scrap wood. Add fun embellishments and personalizations to create rustic, creative homemade picture frames in just a few simple steps.
Keyword diy craft, diy decor, picture frame, scrap wood
Active Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Author Angie Holden

What You Will Need

  • Scrap wood pieces
  • Wood stain I used grey
  • Paintbrush
  • Rag
  • Twine
  • Embellishments
  • Hot glue and a glue gun
  • Pictures


  • Trim boards to whatever size you wish. Mine were actually the ends from a project and the perfect size for making picture frames. You can also sand your boards if needed.
  • Clean the boards well before continuing.
  • Then stain the boards in the color of your choice. I am using a grey stain for a weathered look but you can use any stain that matches your home for this project. Just paint on the stain with a paintbrush, allow to sit a few minutes, then wipe away any excess with a rag.
  • Once completely dry, wrap twine around one end of the board several times. Tie in a knot in the back to hold in place.
  • Then complete your project by adding on some embellishments with hot glue. I chose sunflowers, burlap flowers, and even some seasonal decorations for my rustic frames but you can use anything you like now that you know how to make a picture frame from scrap wood.