DIY Minimalist Oak Picture Frames

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Amanda Hastings

Framing a print, quote or even wrapping paper is the perfect way to add personality and style to a room.  However if you are savvy like me in how you source your artwork, you have probably noticed that it’s often more expensive to frame the print than it was to buy it. For this reason I began making poster hangers from Tasmanian Oak,  and now by following my simple instructions below you can add a minimal, customised designer look to your artworks for less!


You Will Need:

  • Artwork
  • Tasmanian Oak Finishing Strips
  • Paddle Pops
  • Chain
  • Thumb Tacks
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Double Sided Tape
  • Hack Saw
  • Scissors
  • Pliers
  • Pen
  • Sandpaper
  1. Start by measuring the width of your artwork. Adding on overhang for the edges. I added a 7mm overhang to each side of my frame.

“The dimensions of this frame are customizable based on your artworks size, making this is a great solution for framing awkwardly sized artworks.”

2. Using a hacksaw cut the Oak to size. Following this use the sandpaper to smooth the wood and remove any splinters. 

“This is where things get a little weird, but trust me it works great!

3. Take your paddle pops and cut the ends off to remove any potential overhang on the sides of the artwork,

4. Using a hot glue gun attach the paddle pop stick to the Oak. Be careful to keep the bulk of the hot glue on what will be the back of your frame. The front of the frame will need to have the Oak and the paddle pops free of glue so that the artwork can easily stick flat and flush. 


5. Measure and cut the chain to length, using thumb tacks to fasten the chain to the frame. 

“Customise your frames further by changing it up – stain or paint the wood. Use a leather strap in place of the chain. The possibilities for uniqueness are endless.”

6. Stick double sided tape to the paddle pop part of the frame and then go ahead and attach your print 


“Pro tip: If you want to avoid permanently sticking your artwork, use come Command removable picture hanging strips.

And you are done! – If you are inspired to make these be sure to tag me on instagram @shethemaker. Click the link to check out my YouTube video on this DIY and more. 

Amanda Hastings

Eclectic Creative Blog Contributor

Amanda Hastings of ‘She The Maker’ is an all-embracing creative with a multifaceted interest in the handmade and the crafty. Finding it difficult to limit herself to one creative outlet Amanda creates unique handmade furniture combining welding and resin, dives in to creative DIY’s for her home and brings a constant source of affordable and stylish ideas to her youtube channel.

“I know when I DIY something for my home I not only love the item so much more than if had of bought it in a store but I also find the process of creative something somewhat recuperative. And that’s exactly what I hope to share with others.”

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