Easy Barn Wood Frame from An Old Picture Frame

Happy Spring to all lovely Remodelaholics!! I just flew here from A Piece Of Rainbow =) ! Remember that concrete picture frame we made here? Today we are making something equally simple and fun – we are transforming an old and plain picture frame (or art / poster frame)  into a BARNWOOD frame!

Turn a regular photo frame into a reclaimed barn wood photo frame -- so easy!

The rustic charm of barn wood or reclaimed wood is simply irresistible! There are so many great ways to bring it into our home, such as this amazing barn door made by Cassity and Justin!

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How to Make an Easy Reclaimed Barn Wood Frame

Materials and Tools:

  • a picture frame, I used a simple 8×10 frame here. Frames that don’t have too much bumps will work better as you will see in later steps
  • barn wood: oh no, I see no barns in San Diego!! Well, these reclaimed fence wood are almost just as beautiful, right?
  • tools for marking 45 degree angles, and a saw for cutting the wood. Miter saw would be perfect, we used a circular saw, which requires a little more strategy!
  • hot glue and glue gun.
  • a couple of small screws for attaching hanging wire


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How to:

First step, measure the wood.

The opening of a standard 8×10 picture frame is about 7.5″x9.5″, like the one I have here. Measure the wood so the finished opening of our wood frame is no bigger than 7″x9″, smaller is fine. This will give u extra room as to accommodate the rustic irregularities of the reclaimed wood.


Step 2: Cut wood. If you are using a miter saw, it will be more accurate. If you use a circular saw with a guide, then cut 3 of the 4 pieces first, use them to mark the 4th piece. The frame is meant to be rustic looking, so even if it does not fit totally perfect, it can still look very nice!

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Step 3: Finish wood frame. Now that you measured the last piece according to the first three, it will fit snugly. Use plenty of wood glue. The key is to glue the pieces one at a time, wait till the glue dries before gluing the next piece. You can use staples to add some extra support.

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Step 4: attach picture frame. Isn’t it great we already have a picture frame with the backing and glass? All we need to do now is to use hot glue and glue it to our wood frame. Center the old photo frame, flip them over carefully, hold the frames down, mark with a pencil and use plenty of hot glue to glue it to the wood frame.

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The final step is to add a couple of small screws for the hanging wire / string to attach to. Now we have a beautiful barnwood frame!

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Can you recognize this frame from before? This would make a lovely gift too, Mom’s and Dad’s Days are almost here!

Turn a regular photo frame into a reclaimed barn wood photo frame -- so easy!


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If you love reclaimed wood for the home, you will love these pallet wood storage crates!


And these beautiful scrap wood wall hanging art with free vintage seed printables!

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For an entry wall, this reclaimed wood and faucet coat rack would be so fun!

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Thank you all! Wish you a charming and rustic day!!


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Ananda is an artist and garden designer. Her work in landscape architecture and art led to many creative diy ideas and projects that she shares here at Remodelaholics and at her popular blog, A Piece Of Rainbow.

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