20 Inventive DIY Picture Frame Ideas

Upgrade your photo and art displays with these simple, creative projects

Two side by side frames with a print of trees and fog.

Nadine Stay

Hanging things on your wall without nice frames around them can look unpolished and sometimes downright haphazard. Good frames keep your photos and prints looking elevated and stylish, but they can be expensive, especially if you need a custom-sized one to fit your favorite art piece. Enter creative picture frame ideas you can make.

You can save money on frames without sacrificing style by making them yourself. Consider DIYing beautiful frames for your art, mirrors, and those family photos you never got around to hanging up. These cute DIY picture frame ideas will help your photos pop.

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    DIY Floating Frame

    A painted art print in a wood frame.

    Homemade by Carmona

    The design of floating frames makes artwork look like it's floating within the frame and not squished behind glass, which gives your piece depth and adds visual interest. Purchasing a fancy new floating frame can cost hundreds of dollars, but this tutorial will show you how to make your own for less than $20. It's a surefire way to make your frame look more expensive than it is.

    Floating Frame Tutorial from Homemade by Carmona

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    Shadow Box DIY

    A DIY Shadow Box with Christmas decorations inside.

    The Spruce Crafts

    You can use a shadow box to display almost anything—souvenirs from your favorite trip, school awards, or a winter scene like the one in this tutorial. You can purchase a pre-made shadow box at your local craft store and it makes a great alternative to use instead of a picture frame.

    How to Make a DIY Shadow Box from The Spruce Crafts

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    Clothespin Frames

    Picture frames hung up with clothespins.

    Two Feet First

    This is a stylish, unique way to hang photos, art prints, or even your old postcards for display in your home. Using easy-to-find supplies like plywood, clothespins, and tacky picture strips, this DIY is simple and suitable for beginners and it's a great way to make a cheap picture frame.

    DIY Clothespin Picture Frames from Two Feet First

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    Wooden Hanging Picture Frames

    Wooden hanging picture frame next to a plant.

    Vintage Revivals

    If you’re looking for an adorable way to display your prints, but you don’t have a lot of time to spend crafting, this is the DIY for you. With a few pieces of wood, rope, glue, and five minutes, you’ll be able to make this simple, DIY picture frame that fits all types of decor from modern to coastal.

    5 Minute Wooden Hanging Picture Frame (So Easy!) from Vintage Revivals

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    DIY Box Frame Mirror

    Wood frame bathroom mirror.

    Oh Oh Deco

    Frames aren’t limited to prints. While you’re giving your bathroom a refresh, consider building a DIY box frame around your mirror. The frame doubles as storage space where you can hang a plant and store soap dispensers, as shown in this tutorial.

    DIY Box Frame Mirror from Oh Oh Deco

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    Easy DIY Custom Framing

    Colorful custom picture frames.

    A Beautiful Mess

    It turns out that you can DIY your own custom frames and avoid spending a fortune on them at frame shops. This easy-to-follow tutorial will guide you through the process without having to use any power tools.

    DIY Custom Framing - No Power Tools Required from A Beautiful Mess

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    Acrylic Picture Frames

    Acrylic picture frames with colorful prints.

    Fall for DIY

    No drill? No problem. Frame your artwork with acrylic sheets and use thumbtacks that match your room’s decor to hang it.

    DIY No Drill Acrylic Picture Frames from Fall for DIY

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    Cheap and Easy DIY Frame

    Wood picture frames with pictures of a boy.

    Place of My Taste

    On a budget? Don’t worry, you can still custom frame your prints! Follow along with this tutorial to create beautiful DIY frames for just a few bucks. Plus, all the DIY picture frame materials you need can easily be found at your local hardware store.

    Easy DIY Picture Frame Under $5 from Place of My Taste

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    DIY Timber Picture Frames

    Wedding pictures in light wood frames.

    Al and Imo Handmade

    If you have any scrap wood lying around, use this easy tutorial to make your own DIY picture frame molding. The natural wood look is modern and minimalistic, but you can always stain the wood if you prefer a different finish.

    How to Make DIY Timber Picture Frames from Al and Imo Handmade

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    Hanging Frame DIY

    A hanging frame with a print of a flower and butterfly.

    Postcards from the Ridge

    Our favorite thing about this DIY is that you can easily interchange photos, which is great for those of us who change our decor frequently. All the supplies needed for this project can be found at your local craft or hardware store, and it only takes about an hour (or less) to make the frame look perfect.

    Simple DIY Hanging Frame For Art and Printables from Postcards from the Ridge

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    Transparent Photo Frames

    A floating black frame surrounded by eucalyptus.

    Hugo's Adventures

    DIYing transparent frames is a great hack for when you decide to frame something, but your frames are a bit too big. With a few tricks, you can make your print fit and still look ultra stylish. All you need to do is omit the cardboard backing that typically comes with a frame, position the image using a tiny bit of invisible tape, double-sided tape, or glue dots, then add a sawtooth picture hanger on the back of the remaining frame.

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    Modern Wood Frame and Artwork

    A woman putting up framed art onto a wall.

    Nadine Stay

    Nothing ties a room together like big, beautiful wall art pieces. This blogger shared step-by-step instructions on how to make your own modern frames and hang art properly.

    DIY Modern Wood Frame + Artwork from Nadine Stay

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    DIY Painted Picture Frame

    A painted picture frame on a table with other decorations.

    The Spruce Crafts / Caylin Harris

    You can decorate a cheap frame and make it look like a million bucks with a touch of paint. This DIY painted frame is perfect for old picture frames that need a refresh. If you don’t have any old frames, pick a few out at the thrift store. Since you’ll be painting them, they don’t have to look perfect.

    DIY Painted Picture Frame from The Spruce Crafts

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    Framed Canvas

    A large canvas painting framed in wood leaning against the wall.

    Lolly Jane

    In less than 20 minutes, you can create your own DIY framed canvas like the one shown in this tutorial. Canvas prints are classy and timeless, so decorating your home with one that's slightly elevated with a frame is always a great idea.

    DIY Framed Canvas from Lolly Jane

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    Framed Chalkboard

    A large framed chalkboard behind a dining table.

    A Hosting Home

    Adding a chalkboard to your home decor is a fun way to enliven the space. The great thing about chalkboards is that you choose what you write on them, meaning you can change things up frequently. Plus, your kids will have a blast drawing on your chalkboard.

    DIY Framed Chalkboard Wall Tutorial from A Hosting Home

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    DIY Grow Frame

    A white frame with plants inside.

    Farm Life DIY

    Greenery can single-handedly brighten up any space. Display your favorite houseplants with this DIY grow frame made from simple materials.

    DIY Grow Frame from Farm Life DIY

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    DIY Hidden TV Art Frame

    A TV hidden by a large art piece.

    House Mix

    Televisions are such a nice luxury to have in your living room. How else are you going to catch up on your favorite renovation shows? But tech isn’t always fun to look at. This DIY allows you to hide your TV with a beautiful framed art piece that will keep your space looking stylish and relaxing.

    DIY Hidden TV Art Frame from House Mix

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    DIY Jewelry Holder Frame

    A DIY framed jewelry holder.

    Centsational Style

    Picture frames are obviously great at displaying pictures, but did you know you can use them to display jewelry, too? Go thrifting and find an old, large picture frame. Then use a screen or chicken wire, which you can purchase at a home improvement store, to hold all your fun jewelry. These jewelry holders look fun and make getting ready much quicker.

    DIY: Recycled Frame Jewelry Holder from Centsational Style

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    DIY Wood Picture Frames

    DIY layered wood photo frames above a couch.

    Jenna Kate at Home

    These DIY wooden picture frames are simple yet modern and elegant. And, as a bonus, they’re budget-friendly. The layered coloring makes these frames look intricate and expensive, but the staining technique is actually relatively simple with layers of dark stain with a gray stain over top.

    DIY Homemade Picture Frame from Jenna Kate at Home

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    Simple DIY Frames

    Simple white art print frames.

    Simple Made Pretty

    If you have a dollar and some basic crafting supplies, you can make one of these DIY frames. Give dollar-store picture frames a simple but stylish makeover by following this tutorial. There are multiple designs to choose from—pick the one that speaks to you!

    6 Boho Dollar Tree DIY Picture Frames from Simple Made Pretty