Tuesday, May 13, 2014

How to Make a Beadboard Picture Frame

Today I'm going to show you how to make my latest beadboard project. This beadboard frame is designed to not only look cute, but to be functional and versatile as well. In the kitchen you can use it as a recipe card holder. In the living room, it can hold pictures. In the office, it could hold important memos.

how to make a beadboard frame

This frame has been turned into a mini easel, by adding a hinged board.

How to Make a Recipe Card Holder Frame

This allows the frame to be set on any surface. If you are using it as a recipe card holder it's convenient because the recipe is upright as opposed to sitting flat on the counter. You can check it easily with a quick glance.

Want to make your own Beadboard Picture Frame?

You will need:
5 X 7 frame {preferably black}
bead board {just a couple small scraps will do}
large paint stick
small hinge
E6000 glue
wood glue
staple gun
1/4" staples

Let's start by cutting our wood.

How to Make a beadboard picture Frame

 You will probably need two pieces. It will vary depending on the type of beadboard and the frame you are using. I measured across the frame and then cut the wood to fit. I did have to cut a tiny bit off the bottom piece of beadboard as well to make it fit. The above picture shows what it should look like from the back and the front.

Now it's time to paint.

How to Make a Recipe Card Holder Frame
I wanted it to match my Menu board, so I used the same colors as I did for that. The beadboard is painted with a brown chalkboard paint. The frame and clothespin {taken apart} are painted Light Houser Green. {Chalkboard paint is not necessary at all, I will probably not ever use it as a chalkboard. But  I wanted it to match my Menu board, so I used the same colors as I did for that.} I always do three coats of paint.

Now it's time to sand off some of that paint on the frame. This is where it gets it's character.

How to Make a beadboard picture Frame
 Just grab some sandpaper and rub it along the frame. Take off as much or as little paint as you like. This is where it's nice to have a black frame to begin with. If you use a frame that is not black to begin with, you will want to paint a few coats of black paint on before painting your chosen color.

How to Make a Recipe Card Holder Frame

Now it's time to glue the bead board to the frame. I always do a dry fit one last time before adding the glue. Just add a little bit of wood glue along the frame as picture above.

How to Make a beadboard picture Frame

Place your beadboard in the frame and fold down the metal clips.

How to Make a Recipe Card Holder Frame

Now turn your frame over. You will probably have a little glue squeezing out in a few places. It is very important that you clean it off while it is still wet. Just grab a damp paper towel and it will wipe right off.

How to Make a Recipe Card Holder Frame

If you want to hang this on the wall, just add a sawtooth hanger to the back and you're done.

But I wanted my frame to stand on it's own. So I had to think of a way to make that happen. I found a paint stick in the garage, cut it to 8 1/2" and sanded down any wording that was on it. I drilled a hole in the center of one end.

How to Make a beadboard picture Frame
 Then I added the paint stick to the frame using a small hinge. I found that the wood in this frame was VERY hard. I ended up pre-drilling two small holes to get the screws in. They went into the paint stick wood a lot easier.

How to Make a Recipe Card Holder Frame

Now staple a piece of twine to the bottom of the frame.

How to Make a beadboard picture Frame

Then insert the twine into the hole and tie a knot.

The last step is to put your clothespin back together and attach it to the beadboard. I used E6000 glue. You could use hot glue, but it isn't as strong.

DIY Beadboard Picture Frame

There you have it. How will you use your frame?

You may also like my Chalkboard Menuboard:


  1. Your frame is beautiful! I love that green. Pinning this to try in the future :)

  2. I love this project, and you make it look so easy! When I saw the blank frame I wasn't sure where you were going with this but with the photo in the whole thing looks great. I like the step by step for adding the hinged bit too, very clear and straightforward. Thanks

  3. Thanks so much for linking up with us at Teach Me Tuesday! Hope to see you again this week.


    Have a great week!!

    PS..great job on the frame!