Simple Father’s Day Picture Frame…from Scrap Wood

Father’s Day is only 4 days away……ACK, I know!  SO SOON.  I had the best of intentions to have the kids help me make Steve several gifts from the Father’s Day Gift Ideas post a few weeks ago.  Buuuuut, well, I had about 100 other things come up.  But then Home Depot asked me to participate in their Father’s Day Program and well, that got me thinking……..Steve is really into word-working lately and loves his tools.  What he’d probably really love this year more than anything else, is some new kind of drill attachment, a better funtioning tool box, some fancy blade for his monster saws, or I don’t know……some other type of man toy from our closest home improvement store, Home Depot.


So, yep, a gift card it is.  That way, he can pick whatever cool new gadget he wants.  And even though Steve would probably be really happy with a lonely little gift card, I had to pair it up with something.  (Maybe that’s because I don’t just want a measly little gift card, no matter the amount on the card.  I love when there’s a little thought added to gifts.)  So — I transformed a few pieces of scrap fence wood (no, we’re not building a fence….it’s just inexpensive wood that I had on hand from another project), into a little picture frame.  Showcasing his 3 most favorite little people in this world.


Simple Father's Day Picture Frame...from Scrap Wood --- Make It and Love It

***And just remember, this could be a frame for anything.  Not just Father’s Day.  Just imagine how cute this would be hanging on your wall, sitting on a dresser, or up on a mantel…..with any ol’ pictures in there.



However, I had the hardest time choosing between the “sweet and cute little faces” to attach to the frame (option 1) or the “silly and crazy” ones (option 2).


Simple Father's Day Frame...from Scrap Wood --- Make It and Love It



So, I’m giving him both.  And Steve can swap out whatever little crazy faces he’s in the mood for……and keep his frame right on his desk at work.  (Those photos are 4×6 inches in size, trimmed down a bit on the bottom.)


Simple Father's Day Frame...from Scrap Wood --- Make It and Love It



If you look closely, there are just 3 horizontal pieces of wood with some strips of wood on top.  A cute 10 x 18 inch frame, made from two raggedy pieces of fencing wood.  So quick to make and VERY inexpensive……2 of my favorite things! :)


Simple Father's Day Frame...from Scrap Wood --- Make It and Love It

Simple Father's Day Frame...from Scrap Wood --- Make It and Love It



Oh, and each picture is attached by some fat roofing-type nails (that I painted black on the heads).


Simple Father's Day Frame...from Scrap Wood --- Make It and Love It



And yeah, because I couldn’t decide on which photo group, I just put both under each nail.  That way, Steve can decide.


Simple Father's Day Frame...from Scrap Wood --- Make It and Love It



Oh, and the nails aren’t hammered in all the way…..and pull in and out like a thumb tack (but stay really snug, so don’t worry!)


Simple Father's Day Frame...from Scrap Wood --- Make It and Love It



Yes, I’m sure Steve will treasure this frame.

But I know he’ll REALLY love what’s on that gift card. A perfect gift for Father’s Day! :)


Simple Father's Day Frame...from Scrap Wood --- Make It and Love It




Oh wait, did you forget one of you gets a gift card to spend too? 


Yep, you can use it for a belated Father’s Day gift (because this won’t quite arrive in time for Sunday)…..or hey, use it for an upcoming birthday/anniversary/etc.  (Or use it yourself……haha!  I buy just as much at our Home Depot down the road as Steve does.)


But if you don’t win — head to your local Home Depot (or Home Depot online for eGift Cards) and give dad what he really wants this year!


Simple Father's Day Frame...from Scrap Wood --- Make It and Love It

***GIVEAWAY entry down below, after the picture frame tutorial.***





Okay, let’s get started.



  • Any type of 3 1/2 wide wood pieces, about 1/2 inch thick (I bought 2 6-foot pieces.)
  • black/brown acrylic paint
  • white/cream acrylic paint (Or whatever you have on hand.  I used semi-gloss creamy-white paint.  Spray paint would work too.)
  • sand paper
  • wood glue
  • nails for assembling the frame (with a smaller head)
  • 3 1-inch roofing nails (with a really large head)


Now, your supplies may differ a little, depending on the type of wood you buy.  But I bought 2 pieces of fencing wood (which is pretty rough and jagged at some points, but adds to the look of this distressed frame) that were 6 feet long, 3 3/8 inch wide and about 1/2 inch thick.  I cut them down to the dimensions below.


The three pieces on the left are for the base of the frame, the 2 pieces on the right are for the more narrow framing on the top of the frame.  But both of those will be cut in half lengthwise, creating 4 total pieces.   But in case your wood is a little different width and such……this is how I figured out those measurements.  I first decided how wide I wanted to make my frame and I decided on 18 inches (so that it would fit four 4×6 photos inside the added framing on top).  Then, I had to decide how many pieces I needed and if it would stack tall enough to fit the picture size I wanted.  When I stacked those 3 pieces together, the height was about 10.25 inches and I knew that would work, if I cut down my 4×6 pictures just a tad.  So I went with it.  And then I decided that I would stack the more narrow frame on top, about 1/2 inch from the edges.  So I cut a piece of wood that was 1 inch shorter than the length of the frame and another piece that was 1 inch shorter than the height of the frame…….which is where I got my 17 inch piece and my 9.25 inch piece.  Make sense?




Okay, so with the 2 shorter pieces of wood (shown on the right in the photo above), we cut right in half lengthwise.




Then, we cut each end off those 4 pieces, at a 45 degree angle (making sure you cut the 45 degree in the correct position so the pieces will fit together as a frame—see below).




Here are all 4 pieces, with their ends cut off at a 45 degree angle.




See how nicely they fit together?




Now, line up your 3 base pieces in front of you (I kept an ever so slight crack between the 3 pieces…..just for effect).  Then, center the top frame pieces on top of that.  Add some wood glue to the back of the frame pieces and then place them right back where you had them.  Once all is glued, nail each piece in place.  (I used a nail gun, so all my nails were buried.  If you’re using a hammer and nails, just buy a small nail head and nail them right in.  This is more of a distressed look, so if your nails show a bit, don’t worry….it’ll still look great!)  Oh, and you can add more nail holes and/or dent up the wood a bit more, if desired.




Now, you can either add a picture hanger to the back to be hung on the wall……or create 2 little legs for your frame to stand with on a desk/shelf/table.  Cut 2 pieces from your leftover wood that are 3.25 inches long.  Then, cut one end off at a 20 degree angle.  (Or a 70 degree angle……however you look at it!)




Once you place the long edge of the wood on the table, you’ll see the angle that you cut gives the frame the perfect angle to rest against.




Then place some glue along the angle of the 2 wood legs and place along the back (and bottom edge) of the frame.  Positioning can be a little tricky though, so I placed the frame halfway off the edge of a table facing up, so that I cut see where I was placing each leg.  I placed it directly below the thickest part of the frame, so I could nail through that frame that’s set on top of the base……so that the nail holes would kind of blend in with the others.  I added my first nail hole where the arrow is above and then several more behind the first, securing the rest of the leg in place.




Then, I added a bit more glue to the sides of each leg, for added stability, and then let the whole thing dry completely.




Okay, next…..painting.  How your frame looks is completely up to you.  You could stain, paint, or even sand it a bit and leave it alone.  However, I decided to go with a more shabby rustic look.  And I wanted a lighter frame, so that my black/white photos would show up a little better.  But before adding the white paint, I mixed some brown/black acrylic paint…




…and then painted it onto all of the edges and corners of the frame.  I didn’t cover it completely because I didn’t want it too dark but mostly the areas I knew that I would be sanding later on to reveal the dark edges.




Once, that was dry, I painted with a creamy white paint.  (I have some from our baseboards we’re painting.)  However, you could use more acrylic paint, some spray paint, or whatever you have on hand. :)




Once that’s dry, grab some sandpaper and start roughing it up a bit, letting some of that dark paint come through.  You can now seal with some clear glaze (you can purchase it in a spray can, which is super easy to apply) or you can just leave it plain…which is what I did.




Now, decide on some photos and print them out. (If you need to buy letters, you only need one “D” and one “A”, since the letters never appear in a photo at the same time.  Or, you could cut letters out of thick poster board.  Or cardboard.  Or whatever you have on hand!)


Oh, and 4×6 inch photos are a little too tall for this frame so I had to decide early on if I wanted to add one more piece of wood to the base and make it 4 pieces tall……but decided that would swallow up the pictures a bit.  So, I decided I would print pictures that had some empty room at the bottom that could be cut off about 3/4 of an inch.


Then, I used short and squatty roofing nails (with a nice big head) and nailed each picture in.  However, I only nailed them in slightly so that I could pull them out to swap pictures.  And since the nails have such a big head, they pull in and out like a thumb tack.




Once I was finishing hammering the nails and positioning them just how I wanted them, I pulled them out and painted the nail head black.




And that’s it!!!


This would be darling in any room.  Or on any shelf.  Are the ideas brewing in your head?

Simple Father's Day Picture Frame...from Scrap Wood --- Make It and Love It


Have fun with it!



Okay, ready for the $100 giveaway??  Yeah, me too.  This is the fun part! :)




Good luck!


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Need MORE Father’s Day inspiration??

Check out these 40 DIY Father’s Day Gift Ideas

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Or how about these 25 Handmade Father’s Day Gift Ideas


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346 Responses to “Simple Father’s Day Picture Frame…from Scrap Wood”
  1. 1
    tara says:

    Not sure how I would package it, but I sure could use one:)

  2. 2
    Amanda says:

    What about wrapping in brown paper, thats been stamped with a potato “dad”. Coupled with a hand made tag and card.

  3. 3
    Yvette says:

    Hide it in a jar of candy,
    Combine the card with some paint swatches and a”honey do” list card

  4. 4
    Amy says:

    I would tuck it into his pillow, then ask him what he dreamt about…

  5. 5
    Amna says:

    Very simple and creative. I have one son so I will use his picture holding all the letters.

  6. 6
    Ali Aguilar says:

    I love the idea of hiding it in a jar of candy! Or maybe make one of those pop-top cans and put it in that (with candy of course…) :)

  7. 7
    Rebecca says:

    Hide it under the sand paper on his new Makita palm sander! Sure would love the gift card as we’re working on our new fixer-upper house on a budget.

  8. 8
    Jan says:

    I’d make his favourite chocolate cake and stand it up as a decoration with cut outs of a hammer and a saw.

  9. 9
    Carla says:

    What a cute and fun idea.

  10. 10
    Diana says:

    What a lovely idea .. thanks for the chance to win !

  11. 11
    Jess M says:

    I would wrap it in the shirt that we are giving to the hubby.

  12. 12
    Anika says:

    Such a cute project! I am sure he will love it!

  13. 13
    Stephanie says:

    I’d hide the gift card under a plate full of brownies. Treats and tools- can’t get better than that :)

  14. 14
    Nikolette B says:

    I probably wouldn’t package it very creatively, but he would definitely be excited to receive it!!

  15. 15
    Gina says:

    I would hide it in something he uses everyday – like his bunker gear. Great giveaway!!!! Thanks!

  16. 16
    Vanessa says:

    I would hide it in a tool chest, get the children to help hide it and write ‘treasure’ clues. Then the kids could dress up as pirates and ‘help’ him find his treasure.

  17. 17
    Kate says:

    I’d probably have my girls make him a card and put the gift card in there – not too original but it would be appreciated! We just bought our first home and the projects are starting to pile up!

  18. 18
    Atalie says:

    Love the frame. The card would be the perfect addition to it! Thanks for your great blog!!

  19. 19
    Christy says:

    I would put it in a pop top can I filled with goodies. Thx for your website!

  20. 20
    jodi says:

    i would knit him a cozy!

  21. 21
    Tracy Hoover says:

    It would be cute to have one of the kids holding the gift card. Then, “hide” it somewhere on the frame.

  22. 22
    Susan M. says:

    I’d tuck it in his special 2x/year 6-pack of beer. Ha! He’d never be the wiser!!

    Thanks so much for the opportunity — my fingers are crossed! And BTW – thank you THANK YOU for not making us complete 98 different things for a chance to win.

  23. 23
    Lindsey says:

    I have a tshirt to give my husband for Father’s Day so I would wrap the gift card in the tshirt. James would flip out he has a Home Depot list a mile long : )

  24. 24
    Patty says:

    I would place it in the center of the picture frame, over the pictures with tape!

  25. 25
    vic says:

    I would wrap it in something that didn’t look so important so it would be a surprise.

  26. 26
    Sharon says:

    I would make the envelop into a bookmark by putting a tassel on it and hiding it in the book he is getting and see how long before he realizes it is not an ordinary bookmark.

  27. 27
    sandi h says:

    in a masculine pop out card

  28. 28
    Jaime says:

    Make another small frame and put the gift card in the frame. He will get the gift card and another frame for his favorite photo.

  29. 29
    Nancy says:

    I would probably make a gift card holder, which is not as cute or as clever as your frame.

  30. 30
    Sadie says:

    Hide the gift card behind one of the photos.

  31. 31
    Lisa says:

    Love this idea! Just don’t have enough tools to complete it, guess that’s where the gift card could come in handy… :-)

  32. 32
    Jess says:

    In the next clean diaper for his turn at the changing table.

  33. 33
    bonnie says:

    This would be great to by a new sander. Mine is on its last legs….

  34. 34
    JOHN says:

    I would just put it in with his father’s day card.

  35. 35
    NaDell says:

    Maybe I’d package it up with some little project I need him to fix or a honey-do list. =)

  36. 36
    Randi says:

    I’m not sure how I would package the gift card if i won, but he would LOVE to get it!

  37. 37
    Angela Johnson says:

    I’m not very creative, but if I make this picture frame, which I would love to do, (and win the gift card) I’d just stick it in the envelope that went with the gift…. Great idea!

  38. 38
    Ali k says:

    I’d be lame and just stick it in a card…

  39. 39
    Jessica w says:

    I would buy some of his favorite kolaches, and put the card in there

  40. 40
    Abbie says:

    I would stay simple and stick the gift card inside a greeting card.

  41. 41

    I would wrap it up nicely and put it on his tools. We are renovating our house right now, so it would be the perfect spot for him to find it.

  42. 42
    Kathy C in OR says:

    Ned to make one for our son and one for our son-in-law.

  43. 43
    Tracy says:

    I would take him to HOME DEPOT and have had hidden it in his wallet, right at the front!!!

  44. 44
    Kira says:

    I would tape it to his favorite coffee cup!!

  45. 45
    Karie D. says:

    I’d probably pair it up with his favorite treat. :) Great giveaway!

  46. 46

    I would have our two daughters make a card and put it in there. And then tell him to use it to buy me a new drill!!!

  47. 47
    Jessica says:

    I would put it between sides of his biscuit at our Father’s Day breakfast.

  48. 48
    Jen R. says:

    I would tuck it into a pair of sweat socks, wrap them in a small box, the a medium box, then a larger box. My boys love the idea he has to keep unwrapping, and they giggle the entire time.

  49. 49
    Tracy says:

    I want to make that frame and present the gift card in that! :)

  50. 50
    Sara says:

    I would package the Home Depot gift card with something sweet. Probably homemade Reese’s peanut butter eggs. My hubby loves chocolate and peanut butter together. (And so do our girls!)

  51. 51
    Krista v says:

    I would probably make a cute gift card holder with my Silhouette machine!

  52. 52
    Amy D says:

    Brown card stock and washi tape

  53. 53
    Laura says:

    I would very carefully open a bag of skittles, put the gift card inside like a prize in a cereal box, and then reseal the bag. Skittles are my husbands fav candy and who doesn’t love awesome “prizes” :)

  54. 54
    Melissa M says:

    I would put it in a tool belt

  55. 55
    Shandell P says:

    My son loves to color paper and wrap with it so we’d do that.

  56. 56
    amanda a. says:

    Im thinking brown paper with something stamped on it..maybe some twine of some sort as well.

  57. 57
    Michele E says:

    I would hide it in orange slices, the candy ones, his favorite!

  58. 58
    Sarah says:

    I would attach it to a nice home made chocolate bar that says dad with a crown over it wrapped in foil. I don’t know where or when my mom got this candy mold but it is super cute! Likely 30+ years old too.

  59. 59
    Karen says:

    How handy that you have three kids! I love your creative and thrifty ways–the dynamic duo in my book :-)

  60. 60
    tanya says:

    I’d tuck it into the pocket of a new pair of carpenter jeans. Of course id have it in a cute scrapbooked card holder.

  61. 61
    Lindse says:

    Love this idea! Always looking for ways to use my scrap wood!

  62. 62
    Lisa Clawson says:

    I love it. I think I have all the supplies except the letters

  63. 63
    Rebecca says:

    I am so making this! I’ll need to squeeze 4 pictures in!

  64. 64
    Kristie P says:

    Wrapped in a “Honey Do…” list

  65. 65
    Bonnie says:

    I would use my silhouette to make a nice little gift card card for Father’s Day…and yes, just give it to him late because, well, late is better than never at all!

  66. 66
    Andrea says:

    Great Idea!!! With my 5 kids I would change it to DADDY!! Thanks!!

  67. 67
    Raeanna Dickert says:

    would add it to the frame somehow! Such a cute project!

  68. 68
    Jennie says:

    My girls always make their own cards, so I would put the gift card inside a card they make. I’m thinking about making this frame for my husband too, thanks for the great post!

  69. 69
    Anna says:

    I would put it in a little box that I make super heavy so he doesn’t guess what it is.

  70. 70
    Diane W says:

    I think i cud make that frame. Easy enuf.

  71. 71
    Candy says:

    So many great ideas! Our family has an ongoing joke where we hide a plastic black rat. The person who finds it, hides it for the next person. So I could use the rat to actually hold a good surprise and put the card with the rat on his pillow or something b

  72. 72
    Cassie Raney says:

    As a bookmark in his favorite book :)

  73. 73
    Lorene says:

    LOVE the frame! I KNOW I won’t get it done for Father’s Day, but I am thinking {my son’s} wedding, for my husband’s office, as gifts — oh, I can’t wait to get at it! Thanks for your cute site :)

  74. 74
    Amy says:

    I would probably put it with my husband’s favorite candy.

  75. 75
    bianca says:

    in a homemade card!

  76. 76
    Jeanine says:

    I’d tie it to a tool and add a cute note.

  77. 77
    Kim says:

    This is a great idea AND the two sets of photos are just so sweet! Thanks for the post!

  78. 78
    Taya says:

    I would add it to a candy bouquet that the kids help me put together!

  79. 79
    Kaila says:

    I love this idea!

  80. 80
    Danielle Churchill says:

    I’d hide it in his sock drawer so he finds it when he’s getting ready.

  81. 81
    Shermi says:

    I wouldn’t bother packaging it creatively, we would both find that too annoying. I’d just give it to him.

  82. 82
    Eileen Saunders says:

    Sadly, my dad passed away at the age of 60 but he was a master carpenter and I inherited his love of tools and woodworking. If he was here, I’d find a cool gadget at Home Depot that he didn’t have (a real challenge!) and attach it to a bag of Hershey Kisses! My brother inherited his amazing talent so I guess he would get the gadget and candy.

  83. 83
    James says:

    Dad loves fishing, so probably with a new lure.

  84. 84
    Angie says:

    What a fun project! Could be cute to cover the pictures with a large card so all he could see was the wooden outline and the card on the front. Saves some wrapping but leaves the surprise! Plus my kiddos love making cards or pictures for any event.

  85. 85
    Destiny says:

    I’d just wrap it up with his favorite candy bar.

  86. 86
    Clair says:

    I would wrap it up in craft paper tied with a big bright orange ribbon :)

  87. 87
    Deborah Nowland says:

    Absolutely darling! I love the paint job! And the silly photos are darling!

  88. 88
    Kristen says:

    I’d package it with my husbands traditional Father’s Day gift of Ibc root beer! Two of his favorite things for sure as well as some cute little cards from his 3 favorite people (four I guess if you count me!)

  89. 89
    Kelly Aubert says:

    I saw a thing where words were etched on a hammer saying – you nailed it. That would be cute to pair up with a gift card!!

  90. 90
    Lindsay says:

    I would tuck it in some new socks for my husband. He actually gets excited about new socks :)

  91. 91
    grace says:

    will ask my son to draw picture and write a note for his dad :-) thanks for the chance.

  92. 92
    Crystal says:

    I really love this idea to creatively package the gift card from Home Depot.

  93. 93
    Gail says:

    What a memory this dad will have! Cute!

  94. 94
    shirley elizabeth says:

    Probably hide it inside a new pair of work gloves. He can find it next time he does yard work…or maybe I’ll be nice and tell him about it.

  95. 95
    Amber Arnold says:

    I the middle of a giant jar of red vines, mostly because that is what my husband would really love for father’s day!

  96. 96
    Sadie says:

    Let our 3 year old daughter surprise him with it!!

  97. 97
    Lena says:

    Love the frame and “DAD” photo idea! As for packaging a gift card, my older two kiddos are really into making cards so we’d probably go that route.

  98. 98
    Rana says:

    I would put it with the gifts the kids made for him. They are so excited to give him the drawings they made for him.

  99. 99
    LaTrese says:

    Great giveaway, thanks. I am making his favorite dessert so I would put the gift card on the plate and top it with a slice of strawberry cheesecake.

  100. 100
    Melissa says:

    I would create a treasure hunt.