This post was sponsored by ModenrMapArt.com. They provided the map for review. All options on how to make a picture frame belong to me.
I’m back for another fun round of She Knows! The series where I teach you basic DIY techniques, like how to stain wood. I’m having such a fun time with these basic tutorials that the everyday gal should know. I love all the feedback you are providing. If you have a DIY topic you would like to see featured, drop me a comment below. Today’s tutorial is all about picture frames! I’m showing you how easy it is to build a custom picture frame for your out of the ordinary projects.
When Weston was born, I fell in love with those maps of the night sky. I know you’ve seen those around. They are such a fun way to memorialize an event. Since Wes’ nursery is all about adventure, I thought one of these would be a unique way to remember his birth day. (If you want to read all about Wes’ birth story, click here.)
One of the things I loved most about using Modern Map Art is the ability to customize it. I wanted to include a line from one of our favorite books for his map “On the night you were born the moon smiled with such wonder that the stars peeked in to see you.” And now I have major mom waterworks going on! 😭 The concept behind Modern Map Art is to create a map of the night sky during a specific date and time. How fitting is this sweet quote for such an amazing map!? You can choose any date and any location you wish. They make great wedding and baby gifts.
How to make a Picture Frame
For Wes’ new piece of art, I wanted to create a simple wooden frame. This tutorial is such an inexpensive way to frame out your art when you already have the tools on hand. And if you don’t, these are pieces I highly recommend having available if you want to be a DIYer. I mean I’ve given my brad gun a run for it’s money! I’m even using lesson’s learned from my very first She Knows tutorial to give my frame a nice dark oak-ie look. Check out that tutorial here.
1 | MAKE YOUR CUTS Start by measuring and cutting your boards. Don’t worry about any angled cuts, a straight edge is my favorite look. Watch your fingers!
2 | STAIN YOUR WOOD Next you’ll stain your wood, making sure to get every side including the ends.
3 | NAIL YOUR FRAME TOGETHER Using your brad gun, nail your frame together at the corners. Be careful where those fingers go.
Once my frame was together and I inserted my poster, I simply nailed a few more brads through the center to help hold it in place.
If I were framing something larger, like a wooden sign, I would be able to nail the frame directly into the sign.
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