Build Easy Rustic Picture Frames in 20 Minutes

Make rustic picture frames easily in under 20Minutes!

It was way too much fun to put together my fall mantle! I am so inspired, it’s weird how that happens sometimes. Sometimes, one or two things work together, and then it’s just a matter of time before things get rolling again.

I’m so excited to share my final reveal with all of you next week. But before that, here is the last part I had to make to put it all together. To display my printables, I needed picture frames. inSo I designed some to be displayed on the fall mantle.🙂

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two diy rustic picture frames with fall applesTo match my fall decor, I needed simple but rustic picture frames. I didn’t have any reclaimed wood lying around, but I did have some 1×3’s that weren’t very pretty.

The wood wasn’t really smooth and there were lots of knots, perfect for a rustic look!

I made 2 rustic picture frames to go on my mantle. One was thicker for an 8 1/2 x 11.25 inch printable, and the other was larger for a 12×16 inch picture. However, it was narrower.

I can’t decide which one I like the best, I love them both, and I love them even more together.

diy rustic fall picture frames with apples

A rustic picture frame has the best part: It takes only a few minutes to make. 20It takes just minutes to put together, and you can even paint them! These are easy to build and perfect for beginners. And since you want the rustic look, you don’t sand it before painting.

Last but not least, painting can be done with a drybrush to let many textures show through. Each frame takes just a few minutes and only requires one coat. I love building but don’t always love the finishing work, so these picture frames are my new favorite DIY 🙂

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rustic picture frames diy with fall apples

Materials required:

  • 1x boards (width is up to you)*
  • Kreg jig nails or screws
  • Wood glue
  • (*20*)

    * I used just under 60 inches of a 1×3 board for the 8 1/2x 11 inch wider frame and 65 inches of 1×1 for the 12 x 16 inch narrower frame. To get the 1×1 board, I used my table saw to rip down a 1×3 into 2 1×1 pieces (actual finished dimension was 3/4 in x 1 in

    Tools Required:

    • Miter saw
    • Speed is everything
    • Tape measure
    • Kreg Jig or Nail Gun
    • Table saw
    • (*20*)

      ** I used a table saw to notch out a 1/4 groove on the back inside of the frame so the picture sits inside it with a backing, or you can put glass inThis is how it should be done. It is not necessary to notch out the back so if you don’t have a table saw you can skip this step. Or if you have a router, you can use it to notch out the wood, but I don’t have a router… yet (Dear Santa, I hope you’re reading this).

      These frames can be made in a matter of minutes. My table saw was set so that the blade’s height is 1/4″ and the guide is 1/4″. Run the board through the second time, once flat on one side and then up on the other. This will create a 1/4 inch notch.

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      wood shown with table saw for cutting for diy rustic frames

      You will begin building your frame once the wood has been notched. The frame’s window should be slightly smaller than the intended picture. The first frame was 8 1/2×11 inch. To make it smaller, I measured 8 3/4″ inside the notch. This would give me enough space to place the picture inside with some room to center it.

      rustic wood shown with measuring tape

      Next, I used my ruler square to draw a 45-degree angle through my mark. This tool is extremely handy, and I use it nearly every time I pull out the miter saw (which is almost everyday). You might notice that my angle was not in the correct direction. inThe notch on the right side of this photo is the inside of the frame windows and should therefore be smaller than its outside counterpart.

      But I cut it wrong the first time and then forgot to take a picture of the angle correctly so pretend it’s right here and try not to cut it wrong like I did 🙂

      ratter square shown on rustic wood for picture frames

      After I cut my 4 boards into 2 pieces, 2 at 8 1/4 inch and 2 at 11 1/2 inches, on the inside edge of the notch respectively, I used my Kregjig to make 2 holes. inEach corner has one board. I only used my Kreg jig for the 1×3 wide frame. I used my nail gun to make the 1 inch wide frame. inEach corner is measured from the outside. wood shown with Kreg jig for cutting wood frames

      After I had made the holes, I applied a little wood glue. in the joint and then clamped it down flat so it wouldn’t move when I screwed inMy screws.

      natural wood shown being clamped

      Secure each corner using glue and screws.

      diy wood frame with wood glue in corners on work table

      And you’re all done building. Now it’s time to paint.

      completed diy wood frame prior to painting

      I used a dry brush and a small amount of creamy white paint. Then, I swirled the brush on an old yogurt lid to ensure that there was only a tiny bit of paint at the end.

      paint bowl with paint brush for diy rustic frames

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      Apply the paint quickly to rough or unfinished wood. If you get any spots too heavy, don’t worry, just use an old rag to rub the it off before it dries.

      rustic frames shown with dry brush paint

      It looks rustic and beautiful! Perfect rustic frames to use as picture frames on my fall mantle. The paint only took about an hour to dry because it’s such a thin layer, and it’s still pretty warm here.

      My 12 x 16 inch frame was made using black paint and the exact same dry brush technique. It almost looks like a charcoal stain. It turned out great!

      two diy rustic picture frames with apple printables shown on mantel

      Now I have two rustic frames. It took me less that an hour to make both of them, as well as taking photos.

      two fall printables shown in diy rustic picture frames

      I didn’t use glass for the frames, but I have a backing behind them to keep them flat. I use a fancy backing of tape and cardboard.

      And yes I’ve been doing a lot of Fabric shopping for another project to come ;).back of diy rustic picture frame showing cardboard taped to it

      These rustic frames are becoming a hobby of mine. For what else could I build one?

      diy rustic picture frame shown with apple printable on wood background

      You can also download the free printable apple here. rustic picture frame pinterest image shown with wood background

      -Kati with picture of blog author Kati

      fall printable apple picture shown in diy rustic picture frame

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