Picture of Easy picture frame from pallet wood

This is a ridiculously simple, quick-and-dirty picture frame made from pallet wood.

I built it to display this old motorcycle license plate, but the same approach could be used to make a frame for just about anything.

You only need a few basic tools to make this. However, a 3D printer or laser engraver could come in handy if you want something stylish to rest your beverage on while you work. That's completely optional, or course.

This is not a traditional picture frame in any sense other than general appearance. But it's just about perfect for framing up some ratty old thing that you think is too cool and unique to throw away.

I hope you make one! Let me know if you do.

Thanks for taking a look.

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Step 1: Materials

You will need a couple of pallet slats (or any other wood, really). I chose to use some rough old pallet slats because I thought they would compliment the license plate nicely.

You will also need some kind of flat material for a backing piece which will hold everything together. I used a scrap piece of 1/4" MDF.

Thin plywood or even sturdy cardboard would also work great. The only requirement is that this backing piece be a couple inches bigger all around than what you want the open display area of the frame to be, and smaller than the overall finished frame.

The pallet slats I used were very clean. If you have pallet wood that is dirty, give it a good scrub with water and a stiff brush and allow it to dry thoroughly before proceeding.

inklayer1 month ago

Very nice and rustic is in! This would be cool for house numbers or displaying kitchen items or bathroom art.

Kathy681 month ago

Cool idea!!!

jessyratfink2 months ago

What a great way to use pallets!

boludes262 months ago
You are from puerto rico?
seamster (author)  boludes262 months ago
No, but I lived there for a little while. It's a pretty place, but way too hot for me!
Wow wow
lj1vukoder2 months ago
This is so simple and rustic, but smashingly beautiful! I love it!