How to Make a Frame Out of Crown Molding

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How to Make a Frame Out of Crown Molding
Use leftover crown moulding from a home project to make picture frames. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Custom picture frames are costly, and some photographs or posters have sizing that requires a custom frame. Rather than spending a large amount of money on a custom frame, try using crown moulding as an inexpensive DIY alternative. Precision is important when creating a frame from crown moulding. For your first time, purchase extra moulding so you have backup pieces if you make an error.

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil or marker
  • Crown moulding
  • Mitre saw
  • Staple gun
  • Wood glue
  • Stain or paint
  • Paint brush
  • Glazier's points
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Screws
  • Wire
  • Wire cutters

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  1. 1

    Measure the picture or poster that you are framing by height and width.

  2. 2

    Mark the measurements on the crown moulding using a pencil or marker. Make sure to mark the measurements on the inside of the frame, not the outside.

  3. 3

    Place the moulding in the mitre saw, and line up the measurement markings with the saw's blade. Cut each end at a 45-degree angle.

  4. 4

    Put two ends of the frame together and make sure that they line up without gaps. Use a few droplets of wood glue in between the two angles and press them together firmly. Staple the two ends together from the backside of the frame using a staple gun and wood staples . Repeat with the remaining pieces until the frame is completely formed.

  5. 5

    Paint or stain the frame to the desired colour and allow it to dry completely.

  6. 6

    Press glazier's points into the back of the picture frame. For heavier pictures, use points in each corner and between the corner points to secure the picture in place.

  7. 7

    Measure a piece of wire from the two top corners of the picture frame for hanging. Add an additional 6 inches for securing the ends and cut with wire cutters. Drill screws into the two top corners of the frame, but make sure not to pierce through the other side. Wrap the wire around each screw several times until secure so you have a piece of wire extending from both ends.

  8. 8

    Insert the picture into the frame and press glazier's points in the back edge of the frame with a flathead screwdriver to secure it. Hang the framed picture on the wall using the wire and a nail.

Tips and warnings

  • Cover the back of the frame with craft paper if desired.

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