DIY Rustic Frame (Plus Free Printables!)

I’m joining some of my blog buddies today to share some DIY farmhouse inspiration. This project comes straight from the heart of an old farmhouse! Well, its bones actually. We have a small pile of old lath boards that came from inside the walls of our farmhouse when we had to remove some of the badly damaged lath and plaster from our living room renovation. I love the idea of reusing these pieces of our home as decor!

DIY rustic wood frameI also have some vintage 4th of July printables for you to download!

Ready to start? Begin by pulling out any nails from the boards.
DIY Rustic Frame This project works best if there is about 1/4 inch of white space on each side of your print, so cut your print accordingly. Our printable has a printed area 7.5 x 10.5 inches, so we cut it so that the printed area + white space was 8 x 11 inches.

Measure the printed area of your print and then mark the height or width on your first board. We started with the top of the frame, so we measured the wood and marked out 7.5 inches for the width. From both ends of your measured area, draw a line out 45 degrees.
DIY Rustic Frame Then saw! We just clamped the wood down and used a simple hand saw. Easy peasy.

DIY Rustic Frame

Repeat marking and cutting the other three sides, then line up your pieces. Go easy on yourself here! Our boards are old, crooked, and are of varying widths, so they were impossible to line up perfectly. Perfection is overrated anyway.

You can either use wood glue to attach the pieces together, or you can be lazy like me and use a staple. Don’t judge. We’re going for rustic here, people! I used a staple gun to staple the center of the seams.

DIY Rustic Frame

Once you’ve stapled the front, flip the frame around and give each seam two more staples.

DIY Rustic Frame

To attach the print, you have a few options. You can attach the print to a piece of cardboard or thin foam board and staple it directly to the back of the frame, or if you have a router, you can quickly route the inner edges of the frame. We did about 1/4 inch.
DIY Rustic Frame

Then, you’ll just need a few of these little dudes:

DIY Rustic Frame

They’re called glazier points, and you can find them at hardware stores and craft stores (check near the frames).

DIY Rustic Frame

Place your print in the frame, and then secure it with glazier points by tapping the pointed end into the wood. I’m not sure which tool you’re technically supposed to use to tap the point into the wood, but we just used pliers and it worked great.

Add picture hanging hardware to the back if you’d like to hang the frame.

DIY Rustic Frame

Here are those free printables I promised!

Vintage Civil War Patriotic Printable   Vintage Civil War Patriotic Printable   Vintage Civil War Patriotic Printable

I added even more to my printables library, so be sure to sign up and check them out!

Don’t forgot to check out the rest the projects & get more summer DIY inspiration!

Click their names or photos below to see each blogger’s project!

Angie @ Knick of Time

Susan @ Love of Home

Julie @ Love My Simple Home

Laurie @ Vin’yet Etc.

Paula @ Sweat Pea

Tammy @ One More Time Events

Stacy @ Anastasia Vintage

Kim@ Hunt and Host

Tricia @ Suburban B*tches

Amy @ My Life From Home

Christen @ DIY Swank

Meg @ Hello Farmhouse

Tara @ Lehman Lane

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41 comments

  1. Paula says:

    Your project is perfect for patriotic decor. I love that you made the frame from wood salvaged from your farmhouse. I’m new to your blog and I’m off to see more of your old home.

  2. Katrin says:

    I really love decorating with frames, this one is so lovely and would fit in right with my deco! So easy to make as well! Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

    • Meg says:

      Thank you, Katrin! I think I need to make more because I still have lots of prints to frame. I have plans for a gallery wall downstairs, and free frames are definitely the way to go!

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