I tried to come up with some eloquent title for this project, but really all that just fit it perfectly was what you see above. So I went with it because that’s what it is – a huge a** frame that was way cheaper to make than buying one.
When I did our master bedroom makeover, I already had this palm print on hand which was what kinda became the jumping off point for the bedroom’s design. The print was huge – 40″ x 54″. What I didn’t have on hand was a frame for it. I searched around online for one big enough to hold it and was met by price tags starting at $150 – and that price tag was for plastic frames. Our version however, will cost about $25 to make.
How to Make a Huge Frame for Cheap
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- Piece of 1/4″ plywood or luan (I used luan because it’s lighter and cheaper) cut to the size of your art print. My print was 40″ x 54″. You can cut this with a circular saw at home or measure your print before going to the store and have them cut the wood for you there.
- 3 – 1″ x 2″ x 8′ furring strips (You may need more or less depending on the size of your print.)
- 20 feet of lattice molding (Once more, you many need more or less depending on the size of your print.)
- Nail Gun (We used this Hitachi one, but any brad nailer should do.)
- Miter Saw (We use this Dewalt one.)
- Circular Saw (If you don’t have the hardware store cut your plywood for you.)
- Spackling or Wood Putty
- Paint or Stain (whichever you prefer)
- Double Sided Tape
- Small Corner Braces
- Picture Hanging Wire & Eye Screws
If you haven’t already done so, cut your piece of plywood down to the size of your art print. We did this by laying the print on top of the plywood, tracing around it with a pencil and then cutting it along the traced line with a circular saw.
Lay your plywood on the ground. Cut two pieces of 1″ x 2″ to the length of the plywood. You can cut these pieces with either the miter or circular saw – they just need to be straight edges.
After you cut the long pieces, lay them around the plywood. Measure the width from end to end of the long piece of 1″ x 2″ and cut two more pieces of 1″ x 2″ to that size. After cutting, lay all the pieces out around the plywood and make sure they snugly fit around it.
While the 1″ x 2″ pieces are still around the plywood, nail them together at the corners of the wood with a nail gun.
Measure the long pieces of 1″ x 2″ from end to end and cut pieces of the lattice molding to that size on a 45 degree angle – you’ll have to use the miter saw for this.
Lay the pieces out along the top of the 1″ x 2″ frame with the long edge of the lattice molding flush against the outside of the 1″ x 2″. Measure the distance between each piece of vertical lattice molding you just cut from long end to long end. Cut two pieces of lattice molding to this measurement at a 45 degree angle. Lay all the pieces out along the 1″ x 2″ pieces and make sure all fit well – all the lattice molding should be flush against the outside of the 1″ x 2″ frame.
Using the nail gun, nail the lattice molding against the 1″ x 2″ frame making sure the molding is flush against the outside edges of the 1″ x 2″.
Mount your art to the plywood with double sided tape, then lay it face down in the frame. The lattice molding you cut should be face-down on the floor.
Screw four corner braces along the edges of the frame. You will only need to screw the braces once to the 1″ x 2″ part of the frame as shown below.
The braces should be installed to push the plywood up against the lattice molding.
Screw eye hooks into the back inside of the frame and run hanging wire through them.
Hang it on the wall!
If your frame is as big as mine, I would try to find a stud to hang it on or use a drywall anchor.
Not too shabby for a $25 frame! I’ll take it over the $150 one any day!
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