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DIY Crown Moulding Picture Frames- Lowe’s $50 and Change Project Giveaway

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We are so excited to be a part of Lowe’s $50 and Change Project . . .
I had so many DIY projects that I have been meaning to do that I didn’t know where to start. One thing that I have always wanted to do is make some huge frames to put on a big empty wall in my front room. I have always loved the large decorative frames that you can purchase, but they usually come with a hefty price tag. I decided that I could make my own using some of the gorgeous crown moulding from Lowe’s for much less than what you would pay if you bought one.
I headed over to Lowe’s to check out all their crown moulding options . . . holy cow! They had tons!!! I chose a piece of crown moulding that was 4 1/4″ wide and 8 feet long. I wanted 3 big frames, so I purchased three pieces (one piece of moulding per frame).
 Take your piece of crown moulding and measure a 45 degree angle at one end. I found it easiest to use a miter box saw, which you can find at Lowe’s for a couple of bucks. It definitely makes cutting your perfect angles a lot easier!
 After you make your first cut, decide how large you want your picture to be in the frame. I decided that I wanted my picture to be a 12×12″, so the INSIDE measurement of the frame is 12″. I made a mark where I needed to make my next 45 degree angle cut.
 Cut the other side- make sure that your angles are going in opposite directions!
Go back to your large piece of crown moulding and cut your next piece with 45 degree angles. You will have to cut a small triangle piece like this each time to make your 4 equal sides of the frame. Repeat the steps to cut all 4 pieces.
 Lay all your pieces together and make sure that they fit. Sand down the edges of each piece so that they are smooth and lay flush when pieced together with the other sides of the frame.
 Using wood glue, glue the ends together.
 To insure a seamless frame, I used tie downs to secure our frame in place while the wood glue dried. You could also use clamps.
Once the glue is completely dry (I let mine sit overnight), use L-shaped corner brace to reinforce your frame.
You will want to make sure that your screws for the corner braces are not longer than the depth of your frame (the first screws that we used went all the way through our frame! Oops!).
 Next comes the fun part- spray paint! I used Valspar Indigo Streamer (a blue color) and Golden Maize (a yellow color).
I ended up spraying each frame with 2 coats and it was more than enough.
I took some pictures of my kids and had them printed at Sam’s Club for less than $3 each.
To put them in the frames, I actually just glued each picture onto a large piece of cardboard that was cut a little bigger than the picture (the picture was 12×12″ and the cardboard was 13×13″). I then hot glued the cardboard to the back of the frame and we were good to go!
Each picture frame was about $20 to make . . . I made the three of them for about $60 total!
  I love the way that fill up my entire wall and add a pop of color to my room!
These frames would make a great Christmas gift if you have someone who is hard to shop for on your list this year! :)
Want to make your own project?
Lowe’s has given us a $50 Gift Card to give away to one of our readers.
All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below telling us what D.I.Y. project that you would like to make! Also, please include your email address so we can contact you to let you know that you won.
Need some inspiration?
Check out these ideas from Lowe’s or submit an idea here!!
The winner will be announced next Saturday, November 24th.
*I was provided with a $50 gift card to Lowe’s to cover the cost of my project.
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  1. says

    DIY I would want to make is a first in first out can orginazer to put in my pantry as a Gift to myself I have shown it to my hubby but it has not made his priorty list yet… So i would love to prove to him that I love him thats why I keep him, not to do my Hunny do list….

  2. says

    I want to make a cute board that hangs on the wall, with clothespins glued on in a row. Then across the top, it says “Looking For My Sole Mate”, and put socks missing their other half in the clothespins. My son is always losing socks, and I want a cute way to help us remember to look for them in the laundry.

  3. says

    I would finish up the DIY projects that are in progress= a menu board that needs spray painting, a hutch tht needs some pantry organizing (meal plan storage and first in first out can system) and/or maybe some Christmas Lights since this is the first Christmas my sailor will be home and NOT deployed! YEA!!! (hoping i can get him to finish the projects)

  4. says

    My children have complained that we haven’t given them any framed pictures of us so we would like to make a rustic/beachy looking frame to put us cute old folks in and give to them. Thanks.
    Donnie W.

  5. says

    I want to frame the mirrors in our bathroom. We have the huge mirrors installed by the contractors and they look horrible. Your frames are adorable….love the colors!!

  6. says

    If i were to win a Lowe’s gift card, I would make PVC bows with soft tipped arrows for my children. Every since the Hunger Games books, they are archery enthusiasts, and the pvc bows are the perfect starter sets because they don’t hurt if you take one in the booty.

  7. says

    My husband has taken the molding off of the baseboard in the master bathroom. He will be putting down new tile and then hopefully once he is finished with that he will then put in a new toilet.

    msgb245 at gmail dot com

  8. says

    I’ve been mentioning to my husband that I would like to make a washer/dryer riser forever now. My in-laws always tease us about it “need us to come help move the washer/dryer this weekend?”, lol.

  9. says

    I was starting to get bored with the all-black frames I have on the two gallery walls in my house, plus I have other walls to adorn, so these frames are right up my alley! I’d love to give these a shot. at

  10. says

    Which project? Where to start! I am moving and have a mountain of projects. One I would really like is to make my own picture frames! Im going to buy that saw guide thing next time I go.

  11. says

    I’ve got a desk and filing cabinet (and a table) that need painting…I would love to be able to buy the things I need to finish up that project! Thanks!!! theogles2(at)yahoo(dot)com

  12. says

    I would love to put the finishing touches on the laundry room that my husband expanded three years ago. I still haven’t finished putting in the moulding and baseboards!

  13. says

    Your frames came out great! I love the colors! There are tons of DIY projects on my list right now, but the most important would be new steps for the back door. []

  14. says

    I was just telling Mark that I need him to make me some frames for our new family pictures! Yours turned out awesome and your kids are so cute. M looks so much like his Dad! See you in St. George!

  15. says

    My name is Ryann, email address My son was born a little earlier than expected so my husband and I have yet to decorate my son’s room. I would like to paint my son’s room a nice bright color and decorate with birth pictures; I thought it would be a neat project to buy letters representing my son’s name, Elijah, and under each letter string a small picture frame with his picture in the frame.

  16. says

    Thank you ever so much for this tutorial! I’m making a family tree picture wall and wanted to use some wood from my parents’ old house and barn, but I’m so not a woodworker and for all the other projects I could find online, I practically needed a complete woodshop to do them. This is perfect! :D


  17. says

    My husband and I would love to make some custom diy art for our condo, and this would really help with material costs!

    jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

  18. says

    Great project! I just got a miter box to work on a homemade ring toss game– one just like my grandmother had at her house when we were little. I would love to get the finishing touches for that project at Lowes. thanks!

  19. says

    Mother Daughter Project Charity and I love home made projects because its so personal to fit receivers personality. We are always looking for new projects to make. She is getting ready to move into her first home and this would be awesome in her new home. She lives 40 miles from me. You know they say “A pictures is worth a thousand words”. And spending time with her is “priceless”. Thanks and love your site.
    Marie Thompson

  20. says

    Cute Project, I’ve thought about doing something like it for a while. Thanks for the tutorial.

    I’d love to get enough paint to finish all the trim in my house.

  21. says

    Of all the million ideas I want to tackle, I guess the first would be my chore/reward/appts/organizing wall in my laundry room for the 5 kids running amuck in our home lol! I need chalkboardpaint , molding (thanks for showing us how easy it can be to cut molding!) a magnetic area (with diy clothes pin magnets) & definitely a place to hang all 3 of the boys backpacks. Just what the doctor has ordered for us! (should have been ordered years ago lol!) Happy Holidays & God Bless!

  22. Connie Dionne says

    I would make a personal handmade gift for my son’s new wife. A distressed look frame with following wording. “Our Daughter-in-Love. Welcome to our family. 8-03-2013″ Then put a black and white photo of her in her wedding dress in the frame and give it to her at our family Thanksgiving gathering.

  23. Pam says

    I plan to make an antique looking frame by working with crown moulding and trim. It will be used to hold my daughter’s bridal photo for her wedding reception in November. I thank you for your instructions! I’m also going to paint and glaze…excited.

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