Whoa baby! I’m excited about this one. You all as excited about creating a giant frame on the cheap as I am? I must give credit where credit is due, so thank you Mountain Modern Life for popping up on my Pinterest feed one day, and helping to set this idea into motion. I knew I wanted something BIG, but I also knew I wanted something that wouldn’t break the budget…and this truly delivers.
I didn’t notice until after we had done the same, but they too had updated their version to the changes we made as well. I will detail the steps below to make this a DIY project for any level of experience.
Let’s get our DIY on!!!
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
1X3 Pine Wood (cut at 50 inches for the top and bottom)
Paint or Stain to create the finish you want (Suggestions below)
FOAM BOARD (36X48 – think Elementary Science Fair Project board…that’s what we used)
Make a trip to your local Lowe’s or Home Depot and pick up the pine wood you will need for this project. Pine is super reasonable in price (a single board cost us less than $4)! Unfortunately they didn’t carry a piece long enough for me to get 2 pieces of the cut I needed in a single board so I had to get 2. If you decide you do not want any over hang around the picture, you could have them cut the boards at 48″ instead of 50″ and you would be set with only purchasing one board. I will likely use the scraps from the 2 pieces I purchased to do something similar on a smaller scale.
Tip: Let where you purchase your wood, cut your wood for you! One less step you need to complete at home! And one thing that will allow you to complete this project even if you do not have tools! Score!!! It’s usually FREE or very cheap per cut!
While you are there, think about the color you are wanting to finish the wood. Need paint? Grab a sample size to some money. Using spray paint? I suggest Rustoleum. If you are looking for an off white, Heirloom White is my favorite. Choosing to stain the wood? There are smaller stain sizes in a couple brands. My favorite is Rustoleum in American Walnut.
If you aren’t typically a DIY’er, do not worry! You can do this! You can do this almost entirely without any tools if you were to choose to do so. You could probably do this completely without tools, but for the size and integrity we opted for tools on a few parts.
You will also need to pick up your foam board. You can purchase it here, or even better use a 40% off coupon and grab it at Hobby Lobby!
Lastly, order that engineering print from Staples. You will need to have the picture sized correctly in order to do this. If I’ve taken pictures for you, you are welcome to shoot me a picture, and I’ll check to make sure it will print correctly. You can also easily resize at PicMonkey using their free 7 day trial. If you don’t want to mess with that, you can shoot your picture file over to firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will resize for $3.
Still with me? We’re practically half way done! Let’s get to work!
STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS
Start by staining or painting your pine wood. If painting, I often do 2 coats. Staining just one, unless the desired outcome is not as dark of a finish you were wanting. With both, you want to give it ample time to dry. We had some paint samples left from Sherwin Williams, so ours pictured is in Alabaster. You can go and grab a paint sample there for $6, or any paint scraps you have around your home will work as long as it’s your preferred color choice. All of my other paint suggestions are above in the Pre-Work section.
In the time your wood is drying, go ahead and get your Engineering print attached to your foam board. I choose do put my picture on the back side of the foam board vs the front, but honestly either will work just fine.
Through trial and error, of course, we found the easiest way to do this was using double sided tape. We started at the top corners and worked our way down ensuring there was no slack or bunches in the picture. BE CAREFUL HERE! The Engineering print is just paper, and imperfections can show easily unfortunately.
After your wood has dried completely, you’re ready to put this baby together. Yes, you’re almost done!!! (I apologize I don’t have pictures for the above steps…first DIY fail)
Our picture had a lot of open space at the top and bottom so we weren’t worried about losing the 3″ inches at the top and bottom of the picture where our pine wood would be aligned to our foam board. The picture below is skipping ahead, but shows exactly what I am trying to explain as far as placement.
You will also want to measure and make sure your overhang is equal on both the right and left, top and bottom wood pieces.
Once we had the picture aligned perfectly, Jeremy pre-drilled holes with a really small drill bit where our screws would go.
Once we had several pre-drilled holes across the top, Jeremy filled each of the holes with the 1/2″ screws. I wouldn’t suggest screws any longer based on the thickness of the pine wood selected for our project here.
Once the top is completed, flip and do the last 2 steps for the bottom pine wood piece as well.
Same picture as above, but here’s what you will have!
You may not think the final project would be light, but it is incredibly light! We used only command strips to hang onto our wall.
We used way more strips than necessary. We chose to place one in each of the 4 corners of the foam board, and also directly in the middle at both the top and bottom of the foam board. Needless to say, this is not going anywhere! Until we want it to…that’s the beauty of command strips!
And viola! You are done! Nora is ecstatic we are finished. She is DIY done.
For us, we had most of the supplies needed in our home already. We spent less than $15 to complete this entire DIY project. If you are having to grab all supplies, the first one you make will likely cost you closer to $30, but will leave you with lots of extras to make the cost go down for any additional you make or gift for someone else.
You now have likely the biggest and least expensive framed piece of art in your house. And it might very well be your favorite. It is mine.
I’m super pleased and ready for another.
Now I really need someone to take this on, and let me know how it goes based on these steps! Who’s up for it? Any TAKERS?!