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DIY Wood Picture Frames

Hey everyone!! I hope you had a great time celebrating the men in your life yesterday!! I figured since a lot of fathers get tools for Father’s Day, I would post a simple project for you to try your tools out on today!! These DIY wood picture frames for large photos is the perfect one to get a little sawdust on your tools!

Here are the plans for the super cheap and easy, yet large statement wall piece I shared in my DIY slim truss console table post this last week!! The DIY wood picture frames are not only beautiful but only costs around $40 for the whole set!! It sounded so much better when I thought I spent around 25 bucks for all of it…but I forgot I bought the files to print for an additional 17.00!! Lol!! But still one 18 x 24 picture would have run me about that, and I have three plus some leather and wood for that price!! Plus if you have your own pics, you can print your own and only spend a little around $25!!!

DIY Wood Picture Frames to hang large prints - picture of the wood picture frames along with a decorated console table with books and candle holders and a lamp!

The prints are inexpensive engineering prints so they don’t show up that well in far away pics but they look sharp as can be in real life!!

DIY Leather and Wood Picture Frames

This is a fun and simple craft! For the amount of time involved and money, it can’t be beaten for the satisfaction it brings!!  The picture makes it look average size but trust me…it’s almost seven-foot long!!

Large DIY Wall Frame IDea for engineering prints
DIY Leather and Wood Wall Hanging Frames
DIY Wall Decor - Large photo frames

It is such a wonderful compliment to my new console table!! I love it!! But I may change out the prints…my kids picked them, and I like them, I just don’t know if it goes with the decor below them!! Lol!!

Well, let’s get this wall decor made and hung!!

Gathering Supplies for the DIY wood picture frames

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Materials List for picture frames:

-4 – 1x2x8 furring strips

-3 – 18×24 prints of your choice (mine are from HERE)

-3 – 1 1/2″x 72″ strips of leather (mine are from Hobby Lobby but I can’t find them online)

-1 – pkg. of 1″ furniture tacks/decorative nails

Hot glue gun and sticks

-saw

Cut List for picture frames:

-2 – 1×2 @ 80″

-6 – 1×2 @ 20″

See how easy this is going to be!! With a cut list that small you know you can easily tackle this project!

Making the DIY Wood Picture Frames

First things first, cut the boards down to size!

DIY Leather and Wood Wall Hanging Prints

Sand and stain them whatever color you choose! I started with Fruitwood by Minwax, but it stained darker pieces too orangy! I tried Weathered Oak by Minwax on top of that…didn’t really change anything but my fingertip color!! 😄 I then went over them very lightly with Jacobean by Minwax and was happy enough to move on!! Lol!! It basically made them look as if I used Provincial by Minwax, so if you like the color, just use that! 👌

DIY Leather and Wood Wall Hanging Prints

Next, I laid my prints out!

I ordered my engineering prints from Staples, they cost $1.39 each I believe!! That’s for an 18×24!! 😳 And they can usually do it for you in less than an hour if you live near one…but I had to order mine!!

Anyway, two of them got wet during the same crazy storm that threw my console table around, it broke out two of our home windows as well, and the prints were sitting on my dining room table…near the window that was broken out…rain got to it!! LoL!! Luckily, the print didn’t smear at all, they are just a little wrinkly!

DIY Leather and Wood Wall Hanging Prints

Cut all the leather straps to size!

I cut them around about 12-13 inches! As I was typing this though, I was thinking that I should have been able to get 6 straps out of each since the pkg says they are 72″ long…but I only managed to get four out of each pack, hmmm, I think there is a discrepancy on the package!!

Here is a pic of the leather I used from Hobby Lobby, it is 8 bucks a pack, but I am not embarrassed to say, we were savvy shoppers… I checked out with one, while my kiddos each checked out with one to get 40% off every one of them! No shame in my cheap game! The stuff I will do for a good deal can be silly…but oh so worth it!! 🤣

DIY Leather and Wood Wall Hanging Prints

DIY Leather and Wood Wall Hanging Prints

Now that you have all the supplies ready, it’s time to start hot gluing it all together! I turned the boards over and marked 1″ in from each side!

DIY Leather and Wood Wall Hanging Prints

Next, I flipped my poster over and started gluing!

DIY Leather and Wood Wall Hanging Prints
DIY Leather and Wood Wall Hanging Prints

After I glued the paper to the board, I came back and put a hefty line of glue where the paper meets the board! UPDATE: After wanting to change the paper out for another print, I realized it would be so much easier to just attach thin magnets to the board and to the paper. Then there is no glue to remove and mess with! Just a thought!

DIY Leather and Wood Wall Hanging Prints

Flip it over and attach the leather strap baby!!

DIY Leather and Wood Wall Hanging Prints

I hot glued the front and then measured to make sure my loop measured 5″ before I glued the back!

DIY Leather and Wood Wall Hanging Prints

Once both pieces were glued, I hammered in a furniture tack on the front of the wood picture frames!

Wood Picture Frames - showing how I added the leather straps to make the picture frames

Pretty exciting at this point, since I had only envisioned this in my head and wasn’t sure how it was going to look, I was very excited to see it come to life…and like it!! Lol!!

DIY Leather and Wood Wall Hanging Prints

A little blurry on the picture taking, but Yaaasssss they are looking good!!!!

Once you have all three picture frames made, thread them onto your top and bottom long boards…it helps to have an extra hand while doing this! Pick the perfect spot you want to hang it, and screw the long top and bottom boards to the wall! I just screwed through the front of the boards with deck screws that are a light brown color so you don’t even notice them!

Make sure the spacing is exactly how you want it before you screw it into place on the wall, the end picture frames will not move once it is screwed in place!

And Viola!!! It was really that easy to make these wood picture frames that make the cheapest wall decor!!

DIY Wood Picture Frames - Using wood and leather strips to hang large photos I made DIY wall decor to compliment the truss table below

Do you have any great ways to hang large art or family photos, I’d love for you to share them!

Hope you have a wonderful Father’s Day being celebrated or celebrating the great men in your life!!

Happy Crafting,

Cara - The Inspired Workshop signature says XOXO, Cara

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DIY Wood Picture Frames - This unique way to display your large artwork creates a gallery wall in one simple step! The wood and leather create a warm display of your favorite art work or family photos.

One Comment

  1. This is such a cool and big impact project! Love the wood and leather mix and hey, those prints are awesome!

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