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Clever and Unique 10-Minute Pallet Wood Picture Frame DIY

Super easy pallet wood picture frame DIY!

If you've ever taken apart a wooden pallet or salvaged some barn wood this project is for you!

Pallet Wood Picture Frame made from salvaged wood pallet scraps - could also use barn wood. Simple and no mitering needed.

You probably have some smaller pieces of wood lying around and you aren't quite sure what to do with them but you aren't going to part with them, right?

I mean, this wood is so pretty and so versatile but not quite big enough for a large DIY pallet project and that's what makes it perfect for something smaller and less intricate.

That's where this DIY pallet wood picture frame comes in.

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Small, easy-to-make (you only need 10 minutes!), and a great way to use up any extra reclaimed wood.

Another plus, no mitering or miter saw needed.

If you have an old pallet and aren't sure how to take it apart, you can find my handy tutorial on disassembling a wood pallet here.

How to Prep Pallet Wood for Indoor Use

Unless you're buying a new pallet it's important to properly prepare the wood for indoor use before starting any pallet project.

Prep is simple and involves scrubbing the wood well with bleach or soapy water.

After the cleaning process is complete, rinse the pallet (or pallet boards) with a power washer or a hose.

Leave the wood out in the sun until completely dry. The UV rays of the sun have disinfecting properties and this gives an extra boost of "clean" to the wood.

DIY Pallet wood picture frame Frame

 

How to Make a DIY Pallet Wood Picture Frame in 10-Minutes

Now, let's get down to the nitty gritty!

Supplies:

DIY Pallet Wood Picture Frame made from salvaged pallet wood

4 pieces of pallet wood. I used 2 shorter pieces and two pieces that were a bit longer. If you want the frame to be square, use 4 pieces all of the same length.

8 screws. You'll want to use screws that will go entirely through one layer of the wood but not all the way through to the second layer. You'll see why as you read the directions below.

Drill - this is the drill I have an use all the time

Screwdriver 

Carpenter Square or another device to mark where your pallets will be joined

Picture Hanger, i.e. sawtooth hanger (You'll only need a picture hanger if you'll be using the finished wooden frame for wall decor and I recommend these sawtooth hangers - no nailing needed and great reviews on Amazon!)

Salvaged pallet wood being measure and squared before making a pallet wood picture frame

Start with the 4 wood pieces marking an even distance on the backside of the two shorter pieces and then drilling holes to go through the bottom piece but NOT all the way through the top piece.

The top pieces are the area that will be visible once the frame is completed.

Pallet wood scraps used in pallet wood picture frame step-by-step tutorial

Add screws through the drilled holes to hold the pallet wood picture frame together.

You don't need to worry about all of the cuts being perfectly even because with the step of attaching the wood to the back and allowing a bit of an overlap any discrepancies can be easily hidden.

Pallet wood picture frame on buffet with wreath hanging from center

If you'll be hanging this on a wall add a picture hanger or sawtooth hanger to the center of the top piece on the backside of the picture frame.

How to Make a Pallet Wood Picture Frame

Super easy tutorial for how to make a pallet wood picture frame. You can also use barn wood or any wood scraps you have on hand. No mitering or special tools needed. Start to finish in 10 minutes. Great pallet project.
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10 mins

Supplies

  • 4 pieces Pallet Wood I used 2 shorter pieces and two pieces that were a bit longer. If you want the frame to be square, use 4 pieces all of the same length.
  • 8 Screws You'll want to use screws that will go entirely through one layer of the wood but not all the way through to the second layer. You'll see why as you read the directions below.
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Carpenter Square
  • Sawtooth Hanger

Instructions

  • Start with the 4 wood pieces marking an even distance on the backside of the two shorter pieces and then drilling holes to go through the bottom piece but NOT all the way through the top piece.
    The top pieces are the area that will be visible once the frame is completed.
  • Add screws through the drilled holes to hold the pallet wood picture frame together.
    You don't need to worry about all of the cuts being perfectly even because with the step of attaching the wood to the back and allowing a bit of an overlap any discrepancies can be easily hidden.

Video

Author: Mary Beth
Cost: $1.00

Pallet Wood Picture Frame Display Inspiration

Once my frame was all together I used it as a backdrop for a Gilded Ball Mason Jar Vase that I made a few years ago.

Pallet wood picture frame on buffet with autumn wreath, orange flower in glass vase, and vintage wooden spools

This rustic picture frame is a perfect handmade gift and is extremely versatile for most home décor.

If you have more pallet board wood on hand and would like some simple pallet ideas you could also make this darling pallet sign or even this super useful farmhouse style pallet wood memo board.

Pallet Wood Picture Frame on Wall with wreath

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36 Comments

  1. Beautiful and so creative MaryBeth. The gilded jar is just the right touch. Thanks for your inspiration!!
    Make it a lovely day.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Meegan! *hugs*

  2. Jen @ Girl in the Garage says:

    So rustic and lovely. I just love the contrast between the pallet frame and the gilded mason jar. Thanks for sharing, Mary Beth!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Jen!

  3. Paula@SweetPea says:

    I can think of so many ways to use this frame. I love a project that is quick and easy!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Paula. I'm already considering moving the frame around. I was originally thinking of using it as a wreath on my front door. I might put something spooky in it for Halloween.

  4. Shanna Gilbert says:

    I love the rustic look of your frame Mary Beth! The gilded mason jar looks perfect in the middle!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Shanna!

  5. Therese @ Fresh Idea Studio says:

    Love your rustic DIY to ease into Fall with Mary Beth. Pretty Pallet frame, Pinning! Try to say that fast 5 times πŸ˜‰

    1. Mary Beth says:

      LOL I can't even say it one time fast! πŸ˜‰ Thanks so much for stopping by, Therese.

  6. Christy @ Our Southern Home says:

    Such a great idea! Love the metallics with the rustic! ~Christy

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Christy ~ I'm thinking of that combination of metallic and rustic for my Christmas decor.

  7. Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule says:

    Love the frame!!! Simple but beautiful Fall decor!! πŸ™‚
    Nancy

  8. Leslie @ House on the Way says:

    I love this project! Perfect for fall!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Leslie!

  9. Christy@Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer says:

    I love rustic touches for Fall. This frame is perfect!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Christy. I'm becoming a rustic convert. I find I'm using it more in more in my decorating.

  10. Mary Beth, this is so creative! It's definitely one of those why didn't I think of that projects! ~Jeanette

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Jeanette!

  11. Marie@The Interior Frugalista says:

    Love your rustic pallet frame Mary-Beth and love that it only took 10 minutes to make!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Marie! hugs, mb

  12. Wendi @ H2OBungalow says:

    Simple and lovely. Love the contrast of the gilded mason jar with the rustic pallet. Such a creative way to say hello to fall and fall colors:)

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Wendi. I love that gilded mason jar ~ I've used it all through the summer and now into the fall and it only took a few minutes to make ~ almost makes me feel like I'm cheating when it comes to decorating.

  13. Love the rustic look! Nice work.

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  16. I love that frame! It can be used for so many different seasons too. The gold mason jar is awesome too. You did such a beautiful job on this!

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  19. I think that looks amazing, & especially so with the gilded mason jar & Fall flowers!

  20. Angie @ Knick of Time says:

    Love, love, love this!

  21. Bridgette says:

    Love this idea Marybeth !! Thanks for sharing 😊

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Your very welcome, Bridgette! I'm glad you like it. xo