I made this rustic style picture frame on the weekend to add some character and life to our entry hallway. The picture is simply cut from a Frankie calendar from a couple of years ago. This sweet and simple project uses mostly materials you may already have laying around at home. It combines so many things I love – pretty art, recycled materials, interesting textures and the charm of homemade imperfections. Here’s how to do it:
Find some straight sticks in your garden. I used some from when Matt pruned a giant shrub that was threatening to take over our backyard. Lay the sticks around your picture to see how they fit together and whether they (or the image) need to be trimmed. Use chalk to mark where the sticks need to be trimmed. Use heavy duty secateurs or a hand saw to do the trimming, being careful not to injure yourself, of course!
Use chalk to mark the areas of the sticks that overlap at the corners. Carefully cut away a little bit of the wood at your chalk marks to the sticks will slot together a slightly in the corners. I used a small hand saw to do this. Fit together the slotted sections of the first corner and carefully hammer a small nail through the middle to hold it together. Work on one corner at a time and check your work against your picture before proceeding with the next corner to make sure everything is straight and fits together.
Wrap jute twine around the corner so it’s nice and strong, then tie off the twine at the back.
Repeat with the other three corners of your frame.
On the back of the frame, attach the picture with drawing pins (you may need to hammer them in). Tie another piece of twine to the upper most corners so you can hang your picture.
Hang your frame and enjoy your new piece of art! Don’t worry if it’s a bit wonky or isn’t perfect, that just adds to the rustic charm.
I decided to decorate mine further by hanging an old broken necklace from the bottom corner to pick up on the birds in the illustration and to draw the eye down to our hall table, which sits beneath the frame. This was a fun project and has added a lot of personality to a previously dull corner of our home!
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