Another Frame Built from the Scrap Pile…

My daughter painted the sweetest picture for me in her art class. I love the bright colors and her fun approach to a vase with flowers! I decided to build another frame using pieces from the scrap pile to showcase her artwork!




  • Scrap 1x3s
  • Scrap 1x6s
  • Decorative Wood Embellishment
  • Glass
  • Kreg Jig, Screws, and Clamp
  • Router with Flush Cutting Bit
  • Sander and Sandpaper
  • Stain or Paint

The picture was painted on 12″ x 18″ paper.


I cut one of the pieces of 1×3 at 11-1/4″, and two at 25-1/4″. I cut the piece of 1×6 at 11-1/4″ to serve as the bottom of the frame and backdrop for the decorative wood piece.


I assembled the frame with glue and the pocket hole screws…


…then cut a 3/8″ rabbet on the inside of the frame to allow for the glass.


I used a hammer and chisel to square the corners of the rabbet… (Note that I am not the best at this!!)


I decided to use one of those decorative wood cutouts on the front…


After a thorough sanding (using 80 grit, 120 grit, then 220 grit) I stained the frame and decorative piece with Rust-Oleum’s Ultimate Wood Stain in Kona.


Once it was dry, I added two coats of Rust-Oleum’s Ultimate Wood Stain in Sunbleached.



After the stain was fully dry, I glued the decorative piece on the front and added three coats of Rust-Oleum’s Ultimate Polyurethane in Satin.


I cut the glass to size using my trusty glass cutter…



…and cut a piece of corrugated board for the back.


I inserted the glass, the picture, and the corrugated board into the frame and secured it with a framing tab gun. I added a sawtooth hanger to the back…


…and am ready to hang my new artwork on the wall!




Originally posted 2012-05-28 08:00:40.

Designs by Studio C is your DIY connection to How-To information, DIY projects and free furniture plans. Have questions about the plans? Contact me at!
Some posts on DbSC contain affiliate links. What this means is that if the link is clicked and a sale is made, I will make a small profit. Product links and sponsored posts are what help keep DbSC going - thank you for the support!