Birch Picture Frames

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I like having pictures of our travels around our home, but we don’t always find the best frames to display them. This week we decided to take matters into our own hand and make the frames ourselves. So, off we go to the Depot to figure out how to make them…three pieces of birch plywood and a can of whitewash stain later, I’m down in the basement making frames!

Here’s what we used to make the frames:

  • Three 2′ x 4′ pieces of birch plywood
  • Whitewash stain
  • Black spray paint (gloss finish)
  • Sandpaper (100 and 220 grade)
  • Painters tape, newspaper, screws and wire

This is what we needed to put it together:

  • Rotary saw
  • Cordless electric drill
  • Jigsaw
  • Sander
  • Paint brush
  • Stain rag

Let’s Make Frames!


  • Measure 15-1/2″ from one side of the plywood.
  • Cut the plywood through the length of the piece.
  • Next measure 15-1/2″ from one end and draw a line.
  • Cut out that piece and repeat for the next seven frames.


  • Measure 7-3/4 inches from each side to determine the center.
  • Using the center as the top right corner, measure a square 4-3/8″ wide. Measure your picture, and add 1/2″ all the way around to come up with the size of your center square.
  • Next, drill a 1/2″ hole in each corners of the square and using the jigsaw, cut out the square. Repeat on all eight panels.
  • Sand the panels with 100 grade sandpaper, and follow up with 220 grade.

Paint by number!


  • Mark 1/2″ into the middle of the frame from the center square. Also make marks 1/2″ in from the edge.
  • Next, cover the frame with painters tape and newspaper leaving only the edges on the outside of the frame and the center square exposed. Be sure the press down on the tape so that the paint doesn’t seep up underneath it. Repeat on all of the frames.
  • Spray paint the frames with the black gloss paint. Apply several coats.

Cocktail Break!

Yes, it’s that time in our project!! Who knew I’d look forward to waiting for paint to dry?! It was a beautiful warm dry summer afternoon…just perfect for sitting on the front porch and drinking a glass of lemonade. Well, Alberto outdid himself again. This Crafty Time Lemonade is perfect for a summer day: tart and sweet.

I’m being framed!


  • Cut a piece of cardboard into eight 5″ squares.
  • Placing one frame face down, draw lines parallel to the center square opening to represent the edges. You’ll use these lines as guides when stapling the cardboard to the back of the frame.
  • Center a picture face down over the square opening. Look at the picture placement from the front and make any necessary adjustments. You may want to tape the picture in place so that it doesn’t move during the next step.
  • Next, place the cardboard over the picture and staple into place and repeat for all of the frames.

These frames make a stunning statement in our house, and we can relive our trips every time we walk by them! Better yet, we can add to them over time. Now I think it’s time to relax on the front porch with a Crafty Time Lemonade!


2 Responses to Birch Picture Frames

  1. Marla Norman says:

    Gorgeous!!! I’m always impressed with your super inventive and practical ideas. Great inspiration.

  2. Cheenna Gracey says:

    I agree with Marla … stunning yet so very simple ;-))


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