How to Make a Rustic Picture Frame — by Home Repair Tutor

How to Make a Rustic Picture Frame — by Home Repair Tutor

Hi, I’m Jeff Patterson with Home Repair
Tutor, and in this video, I’m going to show you how to make a rustic picture frame. It’s
super simple, easy to make, and will look totally cool in your living room, dining room,
or family room. So let’s get to it. I know you can do this, and you can probably make
it better than I can. All right, let’s get to it.
You’re going to start out with a 1” x 8” x 24” piece of wood. Now I went and
bought this oak piece of wood. I’m going to sand it down using a random orbital sander.
I started out with 120 grit, sanded down all the surfaces, including the edges, using the
120. Then what you’re going to do is switch to 220. I love the random orbital sander because
you can just peel off the disc and put on the new one. And the 220 gets it nice and
smooth. What you’re going to do is you’re going
to get yourself some of these mason jars. Again, I just bought these. But you’re going
to get these mason jars, and you’re going to spray the lid using some Rust-Oleum. Now
I used Oil Rubbed Bronze. You can spray it on any surface essentially, and you’re going
to let that dry. Let the lids dry. I got these jars from our local craft store for $1.99,
but I bet you can even get them for free or cheap at a garage sale. Pretty sweet.
Whew! What a difference one day can make. Today is sunny, and after a short break to
go and see The Hunger Games, back at work. Oh, and by the way, the third Hunger Games…
I’m not sure about it. Let me know what you think.
What I’d like to do is position the picture that I’m going to be using onto the wood,
and also the glass jar, just to get a good idea of how it’s going to look. Now I’m
using a 4” x 6” picture. I centered it and drew marks on there using my combination
square, so those pictures are all centered. Then I drew little pencil marks on the corners
of those boxes and drilled through those using my drill. So now you’ve got four holes per
picture on the piece of wood. And you can use a jigsaw to cut out those squares like
I did here. Now you have to go over the squares again
using a random orbital sander. No problem though. Again, you can start out with 120.
And if you need to, you can use a piece of sanding paper in the holes. Or you can use
a multi-tool like I’m using here. Either will work really, really well.
Then wipe it down with a rag. Wipe off all the dust, and use a tack cloth to get the
remaining small particles of wood off the top of the wood. You’re going to use a Pre-Stain
– this is a Wood Conditioner by Minwax – and it prepares the wood, prevents it from having
a blotchy finish when you use the stain that you choose. So the only thing is you want
to make sure that this is completely dry before you stain.
Allow the conditioner to set in for about 5-15 minutes, come back, wipe off the excess,
let it dry, and then you can apply your stain. I got to say, I was always a little bit leery
about the conditioner and whether or not it made a difference, but it definitely does.
Think about it this way, when you shampoo your hair, if you put conditioner in it, it
always looks a lot better, right? And I’ve got frizzy hair, so sometimes conditioner
comes in handy. If you’re going to be using the wood conditioner,
you cannot use a water-based stain. So that’s why I’m using PolyShades by Minwax. Now
I like PolyShades because it comes not only with polyurethane in it but also the stain.
Sorry this is a little bit messy; it’s from a prior project. But I love keeping these
around in the garage because you never know when you’re going to be using it again.
Stir up the PolyShades really well using a paint stirrer, and wipe it onto the wood frame
using a rag. You can also use a brush applicator to do this. But I wanted a really rustic look,
so that’s why I used the rag. Once that dries, use Steel Wool # 0000, and rub that
Steel Wool all over the wood piece. And then use a tack cloth again to take off any of
the dust. Now I experimented here with a film applicator just to see what the stain would
look like for the second coat. All right. So now it’s time to put the mason
jar together. I don’t know about you, but when I see a mason jar, I see moonshine. For
some reason I connect the two. I don’t know why. You’re going to put the mason jar back
together; put the lid back on it. And I’m going to show you why in a second here.
That lid, you’re going to have to predrill it. You’re going to have to drill two holes
into it because you’re going to have to take some hobby chain – you just get this
at the local hardware store – you’re going to take that hobby chain and you’re going
to put it in those two holes. And then what you’ll do is you’ll take that lid and
you’ll screw it back onto the mason jar, like I’m doing here. And the hobby chain
is going to allow the mason jar to hang from your rustic picture frame. So it’s really
simple to do. It’s really, really simple. But take the jar with the painted lid, put
two marks on it using a marker, and then drill out those two marks using a drill and a drill
bit made for metal. You’re going to take your hobby chain – I think this is maybe
about 6” or 7” long – and you’re going to put that back onto the lid. Put some sand
into the jar. Plop a candle down into it. And then take your pictures and you’re just
going to tape them to the back of the picture frame. It’s really that simple. You just
take your two pictures; you tape them to the back of the picture frame.
Drill a hook into the center, about an inch or two below the second picture frame, and
hang our jar from that hook. And this is kind of what it looks like. It’s pretty sweet.
It’s simple, and I know that you can do this. You can probably make it better than
me. Well there you go. That’s how you make a
rustic picture frame. I hope that you liked this video. If it did, if you thought it was
cool and that you’re going to make this yourself, go ahead and click the like button
or the thumbs up button. That way somebody else can see it. And remember, if you haven’t
already done so, I encourage you to subscribe to my channel because a new DIY video comes
out every single week, and they’re meant for you because we all have I guess issues
or problems with our homes, and that’s why I make these videos every single Friday.
So I hope you like the new ones that come out. I hope that you like this one, too. I
really enjoy this stuff, and I love talking to my fans over on YouTube and over on my
website, Home Repair Tutor. All right. Take care. I’ll see you in the
next video. Have a great day.

Dereck Turner

7 thoughts on “How to Make a Rustic Picture Frame — by Home Repair Tutor

  1. Marcos Lopez says:


  2. Frann Long-Kuhn says:

    Thanks, will give it a try.

  3. ampoules1 says:

    Cool but could you please make a video about how to hang this frame. 

  4. Carmela Abella says:

    Great job Jeff.

  5. David Patton says:

    Thanks Jeff. Your handyman tips are very helpful.
    You mentioned "Hunger Games" , and my opinion is that this is spiritual toxicity.
    We just watched "The Nativity", and it was awesome.
    Remember, righteousness is where life resides, and this is found through faith in Jesus Christ.
    Merry Christmas!

  6. Pati Seu says:

    Enjoyed this video a lot.. Thanks a lot Jeff

  7. Vince Moser says:

    nice project, I would have used a router to rout out the picture squares about 1/2 inch deep and then cut plexiglass the 4×6 to cover the pictures

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