How to Make a DIY Photo Frame

A favorite way to personalize a space is with your own photos. Once you get your pictures printed, you’ll need a space to show them off. This simple wood and leather frame idea created by The Merrythought lets the focus be on your photos; and by hanging the photos with clips, you can easily change out the photos displayed whenever you like. You can spice up any wall space with a DIY photo frame to add a bit of charm and character to your home.

Materials Needed for Your DIY Photo Frame:

  • birch plywood
  • table saw
  • miter box
  • wood glue
  • nail gun & nails
  • drill with 3/16” drill bit
  • sandpaper
  • leather lace
  • clips to hang photos with
  • photo prints


Once you’ve got your materials, you can follow these easy directions for making your wood and leather DIY photo frame. Some materials are interchangeable, such as the leather lace or clips. You can choose different colored leather or clips based on what you like the most. When it comes to photo prints, you can mix and match your favorite photos or consider one theme or event. A photo frame with vacation pictures or your favorite quotes printed can make for a great idea.

Step 1: Using a table saw, cut 1-1/2” wide pieces out of the plywood. Cut to length using the miter box; cut two pieces 8” long, and two pieces 18” long.

Step 2: Glue and nail the 18” pieces to the ends of the 8” pieces.

Step 3: Drill a 3/16” hole in the center of each 8” end using a block of scrap wood underneath to keep the wood from splintering.

Step 4: Sand as needed.

Step 5: Measure a piece of leather lace 4 inches longer than your frame length. Thread the leather through the holes and knot each end. Trim excess leather as desired.

photo prints with clips hanging

Step 6: Clip your pictures to the leather and enjoy!

diy photo frame above desk space with plants

You can create a photo frame for your own space or consider making this idea as a gift for a loved one. Adding memories to your wall area is an easy and stylish way to freshen up your space with some originality and warmth. If you’re in need of more inspiration, visit our guide on wall art ideas for more creativity.

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