Simple Picture Frame

Simple Picture Frame

My 3 year old got into the paints again, but
this time he made a picture that impressed me so much, I wanted to get it framed and
hang it somewhere special. Until I realized that custom frames are ridiculously expensive.
So in this project let’s find a way to use this plain old wooden board, to make an ostentatious
picture frame, that will keep costs low, but hopefully instill a sense of accomplishment,
that’s priceless. Let’s
start this project with a 6′ length of common
board I got at the hardware store for under $4.00. Now, it’s important the board is completely
straight, and you can check for any warping by peering straight down the top. I’ll also
try bordering the picture with a pre-cut matting I got from the hobby store, because the inner
edges are beveled, which should help give the picture nicer finish. Now the first thing
we need to do is cut a small piece off the end of the board to make sure the edge is
straight and clean. Next, let’s cut two pieces to custom heights, and by ripping the two
boards at the same time, you can see they end up exactly the same size. The other 2
pieces are cut using the same method, but you can see they’re quite a bit longer, and
that’s because the frame is pretty thick and these are gonna form the top and bottom.
Ok, we need a way to fasten this together, and I’m gonna try using a mini pocket hole
jig. This is simply clamped to the end of the board and allows us to cut a diagonal
hole at about a 15º angle. You could try drilling without the jig, but this way it
ends up looking a little more professional. Now if we add a bit of wood glue to the sides
that touch, press them firmly together, then drive a screw into the holes we made, it’ll
fasten the boards together cleanly, and very securely. Now just for fun, let’s head to
the router station and try using a key-hole bit to make a slot for hanging the frame on
the wall. If you wanna see how I made this router table, see if you can find it in a
previous project. Now I’m gonna try clamping down a straight-edge and marking where the
center of the bit lines up. And if we mark a 2″ section across the middle of the frame,
you can see now, that when the router is spinning, we’re able to slowly press the board down
flat on the table, and carefully follow the markings to cut out a recessed groove on the
backside. I chose to lift it straight up to finish the cut, and hopefully from this angle
you can see what it did. The head of a screw can enter, but then it’s held securely on
the inside of the groove. Ok, let’s try swapping out the key-hole bit for a 1/2″ rabbeting
bit. If we follow the inside ridge of the frame, you can see it cuts a 1/2″ channel
where we can fit the picture and glass later on. While we’re here, let’s try cutting a
groove around the outer edge as well. And this is just to make them pop out a little
more. Alright, the edges are looking good, but still a little rough with splinters, but
you can see a little sanding will clean it up quickly and easily. Now instead of using
real glass to protect the picture, I’m gonna try plexiglas instead. You might remember
in a previous project, I took the screen off an old TV, and used one of the layers to create
a giant solar scorcher, which was used for all sorts of projects. But there were still
two other layers to the screen, one of which was a clear sheet of plexiglass. Now I tried
using a belt sander to round the edges so it would fit the frame, and now we can use
it as a template on the picture frame matting, to trace the edges, and cut it to fit. If
we tape the picture to the back, and take a look, you can see the beveled inner edges
are already starting to make the picture pop. Alright, it’s time to finish the frame. I
have this can of Onyx black paint from a previous project, and I decided to go ahead and just
brush one thick coating, making sure to cover the sides as well. Now we can leave this to
dry for a couple of hours, and when we come back, the frame is actually looking pretty
good. We could stop here, but I want to use a bit of sandpaper to rough up the edges and
give it a bit of a distressed look. This way, when it gets beaten up over time, it’ll
still look just as good. Alright, the frame is finished, so now we can insert the plexiglas,
the picture, and a wooden backing to keep it together and press it all flat. To secure
the blacking in place, I’m gonna try shooting some brad nails at a bit of an angle into
each of the 4 corners, then pressing them down flat as well. At this point, our picture
frame is completely finished. My little boy gave his approval, and we decided to hang
it on one of the prominent walls of the play room, the same place where it hangs to this
day. Now, these frames are so simple and easy to make, and have such a modern and elegant
feel to them, that I went ahead and made a whole bunch more and framed some of the other
pictures in our house. So sure, you need a few tools to make them, but I got most of
mine second hand at garage sales, and the savings on just a couple of these homemade
frames, more than made up the difference. Well now you know how to turn a simple piece
of common board, into modern and decorative picture frames, that are super low cost to
build, make your favorite pictures stand out in style, and show the people that painted
them that their work is appreciated. Well that’s it for now, if you liked this project
perhaps you’ll like some of my others. Check them out at

Dereck Turner

100 thoughts on “Simple Picture Frame

  1. bobeira236 says:

    To be honest, I think this "distressed look" has matched pretty good with your wall color! Awesome job!!!! My English isn't so good and sometimes I can't understand what you are saying, but still I keep watching your video basicly everyday and I'm getting used with your accent <3

  2. angel reynolds says:

    If I could have made that, I would make the frame a bit thinner, and use wood stain instead of paint.

  3. Ember Hydra says:

    You know it is cheaper but not to get the tools for it.

  4. SomeGuyBrock says:

    The distressed look completely ruined it.

  5. Jordan Owens says:

    Aww…so sweet! 😉

  6. Chris Fernandez says:

    Hey, do you make your projects years in advanced to making the video? Is this so you always have content on your channel?

  7. ToasTy Butters says:

    I'm sorry but that looks ugly

  8. Tien Nguyen says:

    As someone enrolled in talented art, I think the frames looks amazing with the distressed look and such. It adds interest and makes the art pop instead of a plain frame in my honest opinion.

  9. thewillofme says:

    How about a frame for hanging bigger pics like comics from a comic book convention or other large pics/posters…?

  10. Rusty Gecko says:

    Best painting ever 10/10 waaaay better than what I make!

  11. Salvador Sandoval says:

    That Was a sick painting little man congrats, your kid is an artiste

  12. Trevor Naparala says:

    I love your sons work

  13. Jayanath jayaweera says:

    Your son is very talented
    Like father like son 🙂

  14. Something Hyper says:

    Would it be possible to make 2 frames by cutting the boards in half?

  15. THE AWESOMER says:

    this video is bad

  16. Garrett Hawn-Pangrazio says:

    I have the same swing in my room!

  17. Becky Barkell says:

    that is a pretty cool panting id imit

  18. Becky Barkell says:

    still i'm 9 years old and that is cool

  19. Boombizzle says:

    It looks amazing the frame but I recommend making it a little bit smaller by cutting those boards in half and it makes a small but good quality wooden sticks to make a frame

  20. bhavin patel says:

    the book  are cool

  21. Lee Swain says:

    How much will it sell for?

  22. Cole Tackett says:

    WOW what a nice picture.

  23. Kwopac TM says:


  24. Kwopac TM says:


  25. Laurin Strobl says:

    But if you buy glass I would use normal glass because it's cheaper but plexi glass is still safer so you decide.

  26. Kleneu66 says:

    That is a nice painting.

  27. ShiftMasterPro says:

    That is a nice picture he painted. awww. :3

  28. Aaron Long says:

    That frame makes that painting look cheep buy a good frame it makes a huge difference.

  29. Logan Gesell says:

    4:13 Is that Jesus looking at mars??!!! hahah

  30. Henry says:

    I wish he was my dad

  31. Divine Secrets says:


  32. Kashtin Delorme says:


  33. TakeUry says:

    the picture is perfect

  34. Doggo Time says:

    Why is your saw red?? P.s I'm referring to blood

  35. Yeet Yeetus says:

    seriously were does he get these tools

  36. Ethan Brice says:

    Hobby Lobby?

  37. Braydoz Films says:

    that is actually a great painting for a little kid, it looks amazing

  38. nathan959636 says:

    hey grant,been watching yur vids, yur awesome, i have a suggestion. insted of cutting the corners of the frame square try cutting them at a 45* angle and putting them together. They will look a bit more profetional

  39. Derk Unterschultz says:

    your my favort youtuber

  40. The Talent says:

    4:03 I know that picture. I have the same one in my room. Nice Easter egg 😉

  41. Joshua Boone says:

    what I did with the plexiglass, I built an aquarium for my python I gutted the base of the TV and put hinges on one sheet of plexiglass then put another on the front and its about 100 gallons and i made a cyote spotlight with the red bulbs

  42. Lilly Dragon says:

    Thrift stores tend to have a large variety of cheap, decent frames.

  43. Glacie says:

    True artwork

  44. Smiggle Fish says:


  45. drew says:

    That is the worst looking frame I've ever seen. Sorry, but its true. It's way too big and plain

  46. Syed Shafi says:

    i cant wait for 5 days for watching the king of random videos

  47. Animkeewa White Eagle says:

    My dad makes frames and this frame was alright I would of made it a little thinner so it doesn't take away from the amazing painting. But unless you had the idea of having a big frame to center attention on the painting then you did pretty good. 😀

  48. Chacho Garsha says:

    Nuclear warfare bunker: How to?

  49. Pulbos Gaming - Minecraft says:

    really? a distressed look? that just ruins it. and when ur son saw it he was forced to smile

  50. Nickst3r says:

    Grant, you are the most awesome dad. Your kids are lucky!

  51. Josiah Baumgartner says:

    I'd be lying if I said I thought it wasn't too big or looks better after sanding it. However, it's a nice guide for easy frames in general.

  52. Bpo.Dudeass says:

    The pic looks line a mother holding her baby it does try to look for the both faces

  53. Alijah Inda says:

    You didn't show us that

  54. Louie King says:

    what project is the paint from?

  55. Shenee Espinal says:

    Bukwiqnshhs misjudged skyjacking siimsjnsjnKwjw!wi🤕👍🏻🙏🏻😰

  56. BlueMan says:

    One problem, it's not that simple to get a piece of wood in my country

  57. kopijyöses says:

    Wait… I have been to this channel for a long time, but never seen this video. Where did it hide?

  58. Derpy stampy 339 says:

    Have you ever mix up 😕

  59. Steve Moore says:


  60. GlitteGirl01 says:

    Are they Cristians

  61. Leslie Chow says:

    looks like he just spilled some paint on a piece of paper

  62. Satchel Sieniewicz says:

    Grant r u kidding me you couldn't make a nicer frame I literally thought your kid made it… Grant the things you make generally impress me SOOO much but this

  63. a-lpha of Zeldaforme Gaming says:

    2:20 is out of position

  64. CharaGD says:

    That's really good for his age.

  65. Capn' K says:

    that's cool keep up the hard work

  66. Noe Naem says:

    I wish you were my dad. cries

  67. The King of Random says:

    [✓] Hole cutting jig:

  68. Immortal Dragon says:

    I really liked the painting

  69. ToxicMC TV says:

    I've seen worse in an art gallery

  70. William Suydam says:


  71. Milan Dujardin says:

    that frame is so ugly

  72. Stack Lord says:

    You are the best youtuber

  73. Kipras Juršė says:


  74. Flip King says:

    You said sad paper instead of sandpaper 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  75. The Messenger Advertisers says:

    The frame you made was the best frame I ever sow

  76. Green Piano says:

    That kid paints better than me 🙂

  77. weights b4 dates says:

    make a more complex frame

  78. Nicholas Lener says:


  79. Mister Senior69 says:

    discount ILTMS

  80. Trevor says:

    Who else is watching his old videos

  81. Janey Seals says:

    This one is really old!

  82. bindhu harison says:

    what is your prob your complaining grant

  83. мехмед Кунгиов says:

    it is to big

  84. Meow Meow Face says:

    How did onyx black become flat black?just curious bro 0-0

  85. Mark Elias says:

    Is the frame still there? Haha I remember watching this video in 2014

  86. Gamerbro 102 says:

    Do you still have it in 2017?

  87. Ewan Adeshead says:

    for a 3 year old that actually looks really cool!

  88. Goof Foog says:

    It just bugs me with every distressed look that most people make

  89. JemoCraft says:

    hey grant why cant you make it with crown molding

  90. Kavita Jaiswal says:

    the frame was looking much better before sanding

  91. Journey Wayman says:


  92. Owen Gallagher says:

    Dont lisen to Jhon smith. your sons picture is grate and so is the picture frame.

  93. Alfonso Núñez says:

    its ugly

  94. JoeyPlayzGaming says:

    When his son is 15 years old, he'll be like " Dad, Did I make that?"

  95. lego builder says:

    what size is your router (HP)

  96. Mr.Curiosity 11 says:

    Not a lot of comments

  97. Xenomorph vlogs,n,stuff says:

    *when a toddler's painting is better than your 15 year old one*

  98. Oh yeah says:


  99. Theis Ottosen says:


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