Easy How to Make a Picture Frame for a Printable

June 3, 2021

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A picture frame is one of the easiest DIY’s to take on. I have fallen in love with all things Juniper Prints! Have you seen their work? Beautiful! Basically the concept is: you find a print you like on their site and they mail it to you protected in a hard tube.  With so many gorgeous prints to choose from, it was hard to narrow it down to one. In the end, I chose the Otis..

Juniper print The Otis in family room

And then the Mesa came too (because of a shipping error) and Juniper told me to keep it…

Juniper Print The Mesa in Dining room

Nice! I couldn’t have picked two prints to complement one another better than these two…

2 Juniper prints with diy frames

With so many sizes to choose from, I knew I wanted two long but narrow prints to fill two of my walls. The 22×55 print was the perfect size! However, finding a frame for it wasn’t so easy–especially one that didn’t break the bank.

But building my own frame did prove to be very easy!! Let me show you how I did it!


Materials Needed:

4X8 sheet of underlayment (all you need is a thin sheet i.e: 1/5 or 3/16″ ) (If you don’t have a table saw, have Home Depot cut it to the size that you need)

1x2x6 Select Pine Board (number needed is based on size of frame–I used 5 boards for my 22×55″ print)

Flex Shot (a strong wood glue would also work-but I love the strength of Flex Shot) (Amazon Affil. Link)

1 1/2 ” nail gun nails

Mod Podge

Small paintbrush 

Stain or paint (I used Golden Oak) (Amazon Affiliate Link)

Tools Needed: 

Miter Saw



Table Saw (Optional)

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Step One: Rip the underlayment

Rip the underlayment for the same dimensions as your picture. You’ll want to rip it about a half inch shorter all around, so that you have some overlay. For example, if your picture is 22×55 rip your underlayment to 21.5×54.5 inches.

Underlayment 4x8 sheet

Step Two: Cut your 1×2’s

Cut your 1×2’s to make a border around the edges of the underlayment. Attach using Flex Shot. Use clamps to get a tight grip for Flex Shot to take hold. This border will be on the back of your underlayment and allow for your frame, in step 4, to have something to attach to…

Underlayment for frame with 1x2's around the border

Step Three: Attach your print (picture)

Ensure that your picture is going to cover the entire underlayment sheet before attaching…

Juniper print on underlayment fit to size

Then use Mod Podge and a small artist brush to attach the print to the underlayment.

Mod Podge with bowl and brush to attach print to frame

You’ll want to start on one end of your picture and glue that edge down first. Use a thin layer of Mod Podge, so that it doesn’t bubble. Then add another thin layer of Mod Podge vertically and flatten the artwork down. Keep doing this til you get to the opposite edge. Now you’re ready to go back and Mod Podge the entire perimeter of the print. (In the picture below, you can see where I added a thin layer of Mod Podge vertically)….

Juniper print rolled up ready to be attached to frame with mod podge

At this stage you’ll probably have some of your picture hanging over the edges of the underlayment. Use an exact-o knife to cut this off, so that you have a smooth edge.

Step Four: Attach the frame

Cut 1×2’s to fit the ends of your picture. Stain and let dry before attaching. Attach with 1 1/2″ nails to the border on the back of the underlayment (from step 2)….

Juniper print on underlayment fit to size

Then cut 1×2’s to fit the top and bottom of your picture. Stain and let dry before attaching. Attach with 1 1/2″ nails to the border on the back of the underlayment…

Juniper print with a diy frame

That’s it!! Four easy steps!! The perfect addition to our family room and dining room…

Family room and dining room with two Juniper Prints and a homemade frame for each



Until next week,

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