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DIY: Frame Shelves

By Katy Sommerfeld

If you’ve been thinking about adding more shelving to your home, don’t shop online or go to the store just yet. Chances are, you may have all the supplies you need to create beautiful, one-of-a-kind shelving right at home! In this DIY, we’ll teach you how to make picture frame shelves that will display your favorite items in a completely unique way. If you’ve had your photos digitized with Southtree, you may have less use for picture frames around the house. Don’t let those pretty frames go to waste - this DIY will give your picture frames a new life!

Supplies needed:

  • 1x2-inch boards 
  • Six 2-inch screws
  • Drill
  • Wood glue
  • Level
  • Wooden picture frame
  • Saw
  • Two wall hangers
  • Screwdriver
  • Two drywall anchors
  • Paint (any color you like)

Step one

First, measure each side of your picture frame. Then, mark these measurements on your 1x2 boards minus ¼” or so, depending on the thickness of your picture frame. The 1x2 boards will follow the entire perimeter of the picture frame, creating the ledge on which you can set decor, pictures, etc. You will need the 1x2 boards to rest in between the outer and inner perimeters of the picture frame, so make sure you mark measurements slightly smaller than the outside perimeter of the frame on the 1x2 boards.

Step two

Cut the 1x2 boards on the marks you made using the saw. Be careful!

Step three

Paint the cut boards in any color you like. Let the paint dry entirely before handling or adding a second coat, if necessary. 

Step four

Layout the cut 1x2 boards in the shape of your picture frame. Place your picture frame on top of the boards to make sure the measurements are correct - the 1x2 board frame should be hidden behind the picture frame. Assemble the 1x2 boards together by drilling two screws into each corner of the rectangle they form.

Step five

Lay the 1x2 board frame down so that the opening is facing up. Line the perimeter of the board frame with wood glue, then press the picture frame down onto the 1x2 board frame, holding it there for 30 seconds before letting go. Let the wood glue dry for a few hours before handling your picture shelf again.

Step six

Fasten two wall hangers to the top of your frame using a screwdriver, in the upper right and left corners. 

Step seven

Locate at least one stud in your wall where you would like to hang your picture frame shelf. Once it is located, install two drywall anchors in the wall equidistant to the length between the two wall hangers fastened on your frame. 

Step eight

Using a screwdriver, screw two screws into the drywall anchors, leaving a bit of the screw projecting out of the wall. Hang your frame shelf onto the two screws using the wall hangers. 

Now you are ready to place any pictures, decor, candles, and more on your brand new shelf! This DIY is surprisingly so easy if you have the tools, and it makes a unique display for your favorite items in your house that will impress your guests. 

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