Introduction: Wooden Pallet Frame

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Have a super cool picture that you're just dying to frame but you don't want to drop loads of cash on one? Then this is the perfect DIY for you. Get that great rustic look for cheaper than dirt.

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Step 1: Gather Your Materials

This is one of the cheapest frames you'll come across!

All you will need is

Pallet Boards- I found mine behind a dumpster by my house and went to work. If you want to do what I did and just pick and choose certain boards instead of bringing the whole pallet back with you, you'll need some tools. I brought along a crowbar and a hammer. I just hit the crowbar underneath the boards by where the nails are at the end and pried the board off. WARNING: Make sure you pry the board of at the very end of the board and in the middle. If you try to do it from the sides, the board will crack and split.
Turnbuttons- You can pick these up at Michael's Craft Store for a few dollars. I just bought the 4-pack but if you don't plan on using cardboard or peg board to put behind the photo, then I suggest getting more than 4.
L-Shaped Bracket- These are really useful in just making your frame that much sturdier. These can be found at any hardware store like Lowe's and are only a few dollars also.
Wood Glue, Screw Driver, Saw, Ruler, Pencil, Clamps-for drying purposes

Step 2: Measure and Cut

Since this is a rustic pallet frame, it wouldn't feel right to take away the cool characteristics that the nails give it. I flipped all my boards over and hammered out the nails which left some old marking features. Some of the nails just broke off and left just the heads in the boards which also looked awesome.

For the two horizontal boards of your frame, you'll want to measure the length of your picture and then add the widths of the two pallet boards that will be the vertical part of your frame.

For the two vertical boards, you'll want to make them a bit shorter than the width of your picture so that the picture overlaps about a half of and inch over the back of the frame.

Remember, measure twice, cut once. It also doesn't hurt to lay the boards out before you cut them and set your picture over top of it to make sure the frame isn't to big or too small.

After your measure up you can get to cutting!

Step 3: Putting It All Together

This is the easy part. Grab your wood glue and L shaped brackets.

First off:
*make sure your cuts are straight. If they are diagonal in anyway, it will skew the shape of the frame. If they are not level, sand them down until they are.
*make sure your picture overlaps the frame a bit on all sides so that it can be secured by the turnbuttons in the next step

After this is done, put your wood glue on the ends and sides of your frame pieces where they will meet. Use clamps or some other tactic to hold the boards tightly together.
*Make sure you have the side that you want to see facing up so the excess glue will drip down towards the backside. I learned that the hard way.

When that's all dry, grab your L-shaped brackets. They will normally come with screws so just make sure to pre drill a smaller hole for the screws to go into.
*This will prevent your pallet boards from splitting it cracking in any way.

Step 4: Time for the Main Event

Find your turnbuttons because you're ready to add the picture. Flip your frame to the backside if your not still on it from the previous step and lay your picture face down how you want it positioned.

You are going to want to place the turnbuttons strategically so that the picture it support and close enough to the picture itself.
*If you place the turnbuttons too far away from the picture, it will now hold the picture in place.

Pre drill your holes again for the turnbuttons and grab some cardboard laying around. Cut it the size of the picture (which should overlap the frame on all sides) and put it on top.

Then your ready to tighten down your turnbuttons on top of the cardboard.

Step 5: Stand Back and Admire Your Work

Feel free to stop at Michaels or your local craft store to pick up some picture hanging supplies. I just used some command strips on the back of mine.

Thanks for following along and I welcome you to post the frames you create in the comments!

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