DIY Rustic Wood Frame + Psalms 23 Chalkboard Printable

 Hey y’all!  Thanks for stopping by today :) You’ll be glad you did!

I’m gonna show you how you can create a massive piece of wall art – 18 x 24 inches to be exact – for only $1.67!  Yep, you read that right!  If you read the blog, or follow me on Facebook, Bloglovin, or Twitter, you know I am working on remodeling our 1970’s bathroom.  That’s the beadboard and trim I installed! :)DIY Rustic Wood Frame for Large artwork plus free 18x24 scripture chalkboard printable from TheDomesticHeart.com I am beginning to put the finishing touches on our main bath DIY remodel that I’ve been working for for ages (since March).  Yeah, I’m one of those 90% people.  You know, always starting projects that seem to stay 90% finished for years on end…LOL.  Guilty.  I must have 20 different projects, big and small, and in all stages, going on right now.  But I digress.

Today is about this lovely and large wall art you can easily make for under $5.  If you have reclaimed wood lying around, it will only cost you $1.67.  How? Well, I’m offering this Psalms 23 chalkboard printable (18″ x 24″) for free to all my followers, so if you aren’t a subscriber, mosey on over to the sidebar and enter your email.  I promise I won’t spam you – 3-4 posts per week (on a good week!).

The question you are probably asking right now is, “Shelly, that’s great you’re giving me the printable file, but how do I get it onto my wall??”  Did you know you can print 18 x 24″ prints in black and white for only $1.67?  Crazy, right?  They are called engineering prints.  They also print 24 x 36″ and 36 x 48″!  This works out great for me because I love to make, and decorate with, chalkboard art.  Yay!

So part one is become a subscriber, get the print, and have it printed at Staples (it takes about 2 days).  Next, I’m gonna show how I made this simple rustic frame out of scrap wood. During the bathroom remodel we ripped out the old vanity.  I saved or sold most of the wood, so I grabbed these from the scrap wood pile.DIY Rustic Wood Frame for Large artwork plus free 18x24 scripture chalkboard printable  from TheDomesticHeart.comIf you don’t have scrap wood you can buy hobby boards at the HD or Lowe’s.  You can use any dimensions you want, but my scraps were roughly 1 x 2s.  1 x 3s would work great too.  Being scrap wood, I needed to pull all the nails out of them.DIY Rustic Wood Frame for Large artwork plus free 18x24 scripture chalkboard printable  from TheDomesticHeart.comI just used some flat-nosed pliers and “elbow grease.”  After I removed all the nails, it was time to get down to the business of measuring and cutting for the frame.  The chalkboard printable was almost exactly 18 x 24″.  This meant I needed the opening of the frame to be less than that.

I’m going to go over the process I used for this size but you should be able build a frame of any size using this method. I decided a 1/4″ overlap was enough because I was simply going to tape the picture to the back of the frame.  Other options would be to increase the overlap enough to be able to use tacks for attaching the picture, or, you could attach it to a piece of cardboard the same size as your frame and tack that to the frame.  That’s what I originally intended to do but I didn’t have any cardboard that large.  I think it will look better though, so next time I come across some, I will switch it out. DIY Rustic Wood Frame for Large artwork plus free 18x24 scripture chalkboard printable  from TheDomesticHeart.com Ok, so you are going to put the frame together as shown above.  You will want the sides shorter than the length of the picture, because they are going to butt up against the horizontal pieces. For the vertical pieces, I figured if I cut them to 23 1/2″ that would give me the 1/2″ of overlap for the paper.

For the horizontal length I wanted the opening to be 17 1/2″ (1/2″ smaller than the picture).  But the horizontal pieces have to span that 17 1/2″ (or whatever the size of your opening) + the width of the two vertical boards.  I simply added their width to the overall measurement.  My two vertical boards were 3″ wide total.  Here’s the math for the cuts:

Vertical pieces: (height of picture) – (amount of overlap desired) = length of vertical boards;  for me this was 24″ – 1/2″ (1/4″ for top and bottom) = 23 1/2″

Horizontal pieces: (width of picture) – (amount of overlap desired) + width of two vertical boards = length of horizontal boards; in my case, (18″ – 1/2″) + 3″= 20 1/2″

I cut my boards accordingly with a miter saw and then I sanded and sanded and sanded with my Makita Random Orbit Sander{love it}. I wanted to remove all the old layers of paint, finish, and glue.  I was planning on staining the wood, so you really have to get down to raw wood so it will take the stain well.

Lay out the cut and sanded boards and make sure you are happy with the size, etc.  If so, its time to build.  Now as far as joining the boards, you have a few options.  You definitely will want to use wood glue – I used Elmer’s Wood Glue. Then you can either join using finish or brad nails, upholstery staples, or with pocket holes using a Kreg Jig.

If you plan on doing any type of woodworking, I definitely recommend getting a Kreg jig -it just makes everything easier, and the joints are super strong.  I used a Kreg jig to build my farmhouse dining table.

I used 2″ finish nails in my brad nailer.  You will also definitely want to use a carpenter’s squarefor making the corners square. DIY Rustic Wood Frame for Large artwork plus free 18x24 scripture chalkboard printable from TheDomesticHeart.com Putting it all together:

  • Start in any corner.  Line up the boards so they are flush and square with the carpenter’s square.  Now, I’m not gonna lie to you: this part is annoying if you are doing it by yourself.  Even more so if you have a screaming infant and barking dog “helping” you out.  So I’d recommend getting some assistance with holding the two pieces together.  If you have a workbench (I don’t -*tear), you can clamp the corner down so it doesn’t move.
  • Apply a bead of glue to the end of the vertical board, line up and secure the corner, then shoot 3-4 finish nails from the bottom into the vertical piece.
  • If you are using heavy duty staples, place staples across the seam between the two pieces.  For pocket holes, you would drill those first then simply screw the two boards together.   This is my preferred method – especially because it makes getting the corners square easy – but my Kreg jig is in storage right now.

DIY Rustic Wood Frame for Large artwork plus free 18x24 scripture chalkboard printable from TheDomesticHeart.comJoin all four corners.  Check for square by measuring the diagonal distance between opposite corners. The measurements should be the same.  Adjust if necessary, before the glue dries.  Now, I’m gonna be honest here…

My frame is not completely square – gasp!  See that little strip of white on the bottom left?DIY Rustic Wood Frame for Large artwork plus free 18x24 scripture chalkboard printable from TheDomesticHeart.comI haven’t decided yet how much this bothers me.  I will most likely end up making this again when I get my Kreg jig.  This was my first attempt, so its ok that its not perfect.  DIY is all about the learning experience.  Each project adds to your skills, and the next time it turns out even better!  You just have to have the gumption to give it a shot!  And since I didn’t spend any money on this frame, I’m not too upset about it. :)

After the frame was built, I sanded the edges and then stained with Minwax Dark Walnut using an old rag.  I lined up my picture the best I could with my crooked frame ;) and taped it to the back of the frame using scotch tape.

I’m pretty happy with it overall.  It really makes a statement in the small room, and I enjoy seeing one of my favorite passages of scripture on the wall everyday.  And the best part is that when I feel like it, I can easily change this out.DIY Rustic Wood Frame for Large artwork plus free 18x24 scripture chalkboard printable from TheDomesticHeart.comDIY Rustic Wood Frame for Large artwork plus free 18x24 scripture chalkboard printable from TheDomesticHeart.comDIY Rustic Wood Frame for Large artwork plus free 18x24 scripture chalkboard printable from TheDomesticHeart.com

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and make your own frame sometime soon :)  And be sure to subscribe and then download the chalkboard printable I used by clicking below!DIY Rustic Wood Frame for Large artwork plus free 18x24 scripture chalkboard printable from TheDomesticHeart.com

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Comments

  1. Laurie Mullenax says

    I must be doing something wrong. I subscribed but all it lets me do is Pin the Psalms 23 printable. Is there something I am not doing right? Thank you!

    • says

      Hi Laurie, try right clicking on the printable and then choose to save it to your computer. Make sure you don’t click on the “pin it” button. If you can’t get it to work, let me know. I’d be happy to email it to you!

  2. Christina says

    Good Morning.

    Love love love this. But can you please help me with the process of having this printed at Staples. I can’t seem to find it on their website.

    Thank you so much ♡

  3. Lisa says

    i subscribed and then tried right clicking to save the image and the image was very blurry. could you please email me the file. thanks

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  1. […] Last but not least is the cake table.  I used my antique console table that I painted a gorgeous robin’s egg blue a few years back, flocked by two lighted evergreen trees.  The back drop is a simple curtain I made from painter’s drop cloth that normally serves as our closet “door.”  We hung silver snowflakes from the ceiling with thread.  I took the photo at Yosemite and had it printed at Staples in an 18×24″ size, which was surprisingly affordable.  The frame is the same one I made in my DIY Rustic Frame post. […]

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