How to make a picture frame stand

Written by elizabeth chaplin
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If you have old picture frames that used to hang on a wall, they most likely do not have a stand attachment in the back. It is very easy to create your own picture frame stand in a matter of minutes using just a few simple materials. To create support for tabletop picture frames, use a dowel rod. This can be purchased from any craft or home improvement store, and is adequate for both pre-made and handmade photo frames.

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Things you need

  • Wooden frame
  • 3/8-inch dowel rod
  • Electric drill
  • 3/8-inch rebating bit
  • Handsaw

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  1. 1

    Remove the glass and photograph from the frame before beginning. Make sure the frame is at least 1 inch deep, 2 inches tall and made of wood.

  2. 2

    Attach the rebating bit to the electric drill.

  3. 3

    Drill a 3/8-inch rebate into the back of the picture frame about 1/2-inch deep. The rebate should be centred at the bottom of the back of the frame. Make sure there is an adequate margin of space around the rebate.

  4. 4

    Saw the dowel rod down so it's 3 inches long.

  5. 5

    Insert the dowel rod into the rebate.

Tips and warnings

  • If you have a thin wood or a metal frame, use hot glue to attach the dowel rod to the back panel.
  • Paint or stain the dowel rod the colour of the frame to help it blend in.
  • Always wear safety equipment such as goggles and gloves when using electric drills and saws.

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