In this Instagram-on-demand-Snapchat-digital world we live in, who the heck actually still prints out photos? Well I do! Just remember, technology isn’t always reliable and that prized selfie you took in front of a once in a life time visit to the Eifel Tower could disappear with one big technological glitch. Besides, I like to display my pics so I can instantly remind myself of fond vacation memories, fun times spent with friends and family, or a unique moment in nature I was lucky enough to capture. Always on the lookout for the next best DIY project, I came across this cute, stylish picture frame project made from Inteplast Building Products prefinished decorate polystyrene moulding. I put this together in just a couple of hours! To get started, here’s all you need:
Materials To Get:
The first thing you want to do is determine the size of frame you want. I made my frame with an 18-in. opening.
Put on those safety glasses and you’re ready to go. I measured and cut 4 pieces of moulding with 45 degree cuts on each end to make the frame. Make sure you are measuring the inside of the frame to get the correct opening size that you want. I made mine 18-in.
As a side note, it was easiest for me to keep track of which way the cuts should go by cutting the same angle, one with the finished side of the moulding facing up, the other facing down.
Next, start assembling by fitting two pieces together to form a corner of the frame and stapling along the seam with the staple gun (be sure not to get too close the edges, you could cause the staple to go through to the surface). Be careful with your frame, if you can just move around the table to do the next corner, if you pick up the pieces before the whole thing is secured you could pull out the staples (I speak from experience).
After you’ve secured all of the seams, pick the two sides that you’ll be using to secure the string or cord to and mark at 4.5-in., 9-in. and 13.5-in. on both sides, these are where you will be stapling the cord to the frame.
Cut 26-in lengths of cord and tie a knot in one end of each. Then secure the knotted end of the cord to the frame with a staple on one side of the frame.
Pull the cord to the other side of the frame, pulling taut to determine where you should tie the additional knot then secure that side down with a staple as well. Turn the frame over and inspect to see if there are any gaps in the seams, if there are fill them in with a little plastic wood putty and let it dry according to the instructions on the package then stain using a stain pen that matches the color of the moulding.
You are done! Find a place to hang it on the wall. I used 3M Command Strips to secure it to the wall.
The hardest part about this project is deciding which photos to use! The good thing is you can easily switch out your pictures as the mood hits. Talk to you soon.