Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Wooden Photo Frames

Would you like to decorate your home with some nice, family photos? That's fantastic idea. But you will need some frames. Wooden frames are lovely, cheap and easy to make. You can even get your children to give you a hand. Follow the instructions and make your own, very special photo frame.

1. Measure for your frame. If your photo is matted, you will need to measure the mat, not the frame. Take the measurements with you when you purchase your wood.
2. Choose the type of wood to use as your frame. It is easiest to purchase molding, which can be in the form of picture frame molding (available at most craft stores) or builder's molding (available at most home improvement stores). Each type of molding can come already painted or stained, or unfinished.
3. Measure the molding. Take the width of the molding and multiply it by eight. Add this number to the total number of inches around your desired frame. Divide this number by 12 to see how many feet of molding you need. If you wish, add a few inches to this amount in case of an error in cutting.
4. Cut the molding into four pieces with a handsaw. Remember that each piece should measure the length of that side of the frame, plus two times the width of the wood, which will allow the corners to be mitered.
5. Cut the ends of each piece at a 45 degree angle using a miter box and the handsaw. When all four pieces are completed, lay them out so that they form a frame.
6. Use wood glue to clamps to glue the corners together. Let them dry in the clamps overnight. Then stain or paint your frame. Attach "V" nails in the corners for added support and attach a hanging hardware if desired.

How to paint or stain your frame? It's easier than you thought.Place the paint into a small bowl and using rubber gloves and the paintbrush, apply the paint in long, even strokes.Repeat along all four sides of the frame and allow to dry for 10 to 15 minutes.Two or three coats may be desired. When it is the shade you are happy with, apply a coat of acrylic varnish. Leave to dry.Apply extra coats of varnish, as needed.

By Lisa Lambson

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