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!
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.
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.
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.
How to Make a DIY Pallet Wood Picture Frame in 10-Minutes
Now, let's get down to the nitty gritty!
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
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!)
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.
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.
Would you like to add a special touch to your picture frame? Leave your signature or initials with a branding iron to highlight your home-made feel. Branding irons are a great addition to your tools kit because you can literally sign any wood project. Gearheart Industry creates torch-heated and electric branding irons made in the USA and hundreds of happy customers.
How to Make a Pallet Wood Picture Frame
- 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.
- Carpenter Square
- Sawtooth Hanger
- 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.
As with any of my recipes, calorie counts and nutritional information varies greatly depending on which products you choose to use when cooking this dish.
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.
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.
Beautiful and so creative MaryBeth. The gilded jar is just the right touch. Thanks for your inspiration!!
Make it a lovely day.
Thank you, Meegan! *hugs*
So rustic and lovely. I just love the contrast between the pallet frame and the gilded mason jar. Thanks for sharing, Mary Beth!
Thanks so much, Jen!
I can think of so many ways to use this frame. I love a project that is quick and easy!
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.
I love the rustic look of your frame Mary Beth! The gilded mason jar looks perfect in the middle!
Thank you, Shanna!
Love your rustic DIY to ease into Fall with Mary Beth. Pretty Pallet frame, Pinning! Try to say that fast 5 times 😉
LOL I can't even say it one time fast! 😉 Thanks so much for stopping by, Therese.
Such a great idea! Love the metallics with the rustic! ~Christy
Thank you, Christy ~ I'm thinking of that combination of metallic and rustic for my Christmas decor.
Love the frame!!! Simple but beautiful Fall decor!! 🙂
Thank you, Nancy!
I love this project! Perfect for fall!
Thank you, Leslie!
I love rustic touches for Fall. This frame is perfect!
Thank you, Christy. I'm becoming a rustic convert. I find I'm using it more in more in my decorating.
Mary Beth, this is so creative! It's definitely one of those why didn't I think of that projects! ~Jeanette
Thank you, Jeanette!
Love your rustic pallet frame Mary-Beth and love that it only took 10 minutes to make!
Thank you, Marie! hugs, mb
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:)
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.
Love the rustic look! Nice work.
Thank you, Kelly!
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!
I think that looks amazing, & especially so with the gilded mason jar & Fall flowers!
Thank you, Carol!
Love, love, love this!
Love this idea Marybeth !! Thanks for sharing 😊
Your very welcome, Bridgette! I'm glad you like it. xo