diy rustic photo frame

diy photo frame 3

(by the way, the beautiful “live laugh love” postcard is by Katrina Alana. I attended one of her calligraphy workshops and got that postcard. It’s so pretty :D )

Quite a while ago, I shared about a diy polaroid frame. I would say without a doubt that I love this polaroid frame the same as the day I made it. It now sits permanently on top of my bed and it does add a really nice rustic touch to my room :) Today’s tutorial uses a really similar concept, except using the wooden frame to make a rustic photo frame instead. I really do like this photo frame (much more than the store bought ones) because it looks so simple and natural. I especially like how you can change the wall art so easily using mini pegs, without having to ruin your nails lifting up those nasty metal stuff on most store-bought photo frames.

diy photo frame 2

These photo frames are highly customizable and you can decide if you want to paint the frames (I decided not to, to maintain its raw feel) or if you want to thread more wires through for wall art of different sizes. For the frame above, I had intended to put up wall art of about letter size and postcard size. The horizontal wires allow me to hang the letter size wall art while the vertical wires allow me to hang the letter size wall art. If you look at the pictures, the first picture above is how the frame will look when displaying a much smaller wall art as compared to its  frame, which I personally really like because it draws all the attention to a small design which would otherwise have been lost in a teeny frame.

The picture below is a similar frame but with just the horizontal wires for larger-sized wall art if you only intend to hang wall art of that size in the future. Also, do not hesitate to add wires to already-made frames. I did that to the frame in the picture below to add vertical wires for the smaller wall art, as pictured above.

diy photo frame 1

Wooden square dowels
Sand paper
staple gun/ wood glue (optional)
Acrylic paint (optional)
22 gauge wire
mini pegs


  1. Cut the wooden dowels to size. As a reference, I used 2 x 35cm and 2 x 43 cm wooden dowels.
  2. Line the wooden dowels to the shape of the frame for visualization. Using a sample piece of wall art, place it in the middle of the frame (I used more judgment for this but you could also measure it if you wanted). On all four sides of the frame, use a pencil to mark the 4 points you should drill. As a guide, leaving half an inch to the edges of the wall art is good.
  3. If you would like your frame to hold wall art of more than one size, drill additional holes, but this time, envision your wires to be vertical.
  4. Using a drill with a small bit, drill through the holes and sand down any splinters.
  5. Glue the 4 sides of the wooden dowels together (wood glue is preferred because it holds stronger and is neater) or if using a staple gun, working with 2 dowels at a time, staple them together.
  6. Paint frame if desired.
  7. Measure roughly from one hole to the other and cut the wire. Thread one end through, bend it to the other side and use a staple gun to secure it to the back of the frame. Thread the other end of the wire through the other hole and pulling it as hard as possible (or use pliers if you feel that the wire is painful to your hands), pull it so that the wire feels taut. Bend it to the back and secure it to the frame with a staple gun. (for more detailed instructions, see this tutorial) Do the same for the rest of the holes.
  8. Using small pegs, hang your wall art up and you’re done!
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  • Reply Katrina Alana February 24, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    Lovely DIY! Thanks for featuring our print!

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