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Chic décor for your wall

Home Care

Learn how to make this minimalist picture frame.

High-end furnishing stores aren’t the only place to find unique pieces for your home. Are you a crafty, do-it-yourself (DIY) kind of person? Why not spruce up your environment with this DIY project?

A wood panel frame is a beautiful way to display photos, artwork or an inspirational quote to motivate you as an ABO. If you’re an entrepreneur who works often from home, creating a pleasant atmosphere is especially important. This project only requires a few simple woodworking tools and a stroll down the aisles of a hardware store. Visit the picture frame section to find two matching frames. For the wood background, look for the colour and texture that appeals the most to you. The wood panel could be made from a shelf, a wooden shutter or even terrace flooring.

You’ll need:

  1. Two frames in different sizes

  2. Glue compatible for adhering frame material to wood

  3. Unvarnished wood panel that is thinner than the larger frame

  4. Sandpaper

  5. Drill

  6. Electric jigsaw (power tool)

  7. Pencil

  8. Ruler

  9. Damp cloth

  10. Clamps (optional, but recommended)


  1. Gather the supplies listed above.

  2. Remove the backing and glass from the larger frame and trace its inner edges on the wood panel.

  3. Centre the smaller frame inside the traced shape and trace its outer edges on the wood panel.

  4. Drill holes near the inside corners of the smaller traced shape, drilling as close to the line without crossing it. The holes should be large enough to allow a jigsaw to turn the corner.

  5. With the jigsaw, cut along the traced line, carefully turning at the corners to cut out the inner shape. Check to see if the small frame fits in the cut space. If it doesn’t, use the jigsaw to shave off a little more wood until the frame fits snugly in the hole.

  6. Cut out the larger traced line and check to see if the wood panel fits inside the larger picture frame. Sand the cut edges of the wood frame and use a damp cloth to remove any dust.

  7. Draw a bead of the adhesive around the inner cut of the wood panel and slide the smaller frame into the hole. Wipe off any excess glue and let it completely dry. For a firmer set, use clamps to tighten the wood panel around the small frame.

  8. Draw a bead of adhesive around outer cut of the wood panel and slide the larger frame around it, wiping off any excess glue and clamping the outer frame around the wooden frame until it is firmly set.

Note: How your frame looks will be different depending on what kind of wood panel or picture frames you select.

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