I like making picture frames from all sorts of things - in this case I used an old wooden window. Re-using or appropriating different objects to become picture frames is useful because the cost of custom framing big pictures is almost prohibitive for most of the working world, and store bought frames often don't add that personal touch of class and style that you get when you frame a photo yourself, let alone, with something cool, like an old window.
So, why not make your own old window picture frame? I think I will!
**Note, the large image below is actually not my own work, but that of a professional artist that my family purchased some time ago. The secondary image, beneath the large image is an example of a window picture frame that I made with a friend. The professional one looks prettier...as you'd expect, so that's why I'm showing it below.**
Step 1: Materials
To make a picture frame out of an old wooden window you need:
- an old wooden window. In the bay area I know of no better place to get old wooden frames then Urban Ore just off Ashby Ave. in Berkeley. They have tons there, just watch out for the lead paint!
- backer board - could be masonite, foam board, or even cardboard, pretty much anything thin you've got lying around
- the artwork
- a matte cut to fit the artwork
- paint (if you want to repaint the frame)
- painters tape (if you want to repaint the frame)
- sandpaper (if you want to repaint the frame)
- razor blade and/or scraper (if you want to repaint the frame)
- glaziers points or finishing nails to seal the thing up
- picture hanging wire and wire mounting hardware to hang it
- brown paper to make it look like a pro job on the back
*note that not all the materials are pictured below...patience patience, they're coming.