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

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! 🙂
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138 Responses to “DIY Crown Moulding Picture Frames- Lowe’s $50 and Change Project Giveaway”

  1. 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.
  2. Connie Dionne
    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.
  3. 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.
  4. I have some really large artwork created on wood pieces that I would like to frame. I too am attracted to the 3 and 4 in crown mound the pictures are multiple sizes but an example is 36 x 24. I have sever of them covering an entry wall none of which have frames. I want to stain the crown molding in different stain colors.

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