I love finding unique ways to showcase some of our photos, like these unusual curly whirly jewelry wire frames or easy this yardstick photo display. But I’m over the moon with how our hinged picture frame turned out.

 

If you’re looking for a fun way to display some of your special snaps, you’re going to love this hinged picture frame made from scrap wood. Both the outside and inside can be customized to suit your décor style and it’s super easy to change the photos or pics around without having to remove the glass and backing first. They make lovely gifts too. #HingedPictureFrame #DIYPictureFrame #TableTopFrame #ACraftyMix #DIYHomeDecor #EasyDIYFrame

It looks so pretty on the shelf and folds open and closed

 

If you’re looking for a fun way to display some of your special snaps, you’re going to love this hinged picture frame made from scrap wood. Both the outside and inside can be customized to suit your décor style and it’s super easy to change the photos or pics around without having to remove the glass and backing first. They make lovely gifts too. #HingedPictureFrame #DIYPictureFrame #TableTopFrame #ACraftyMix #DIYHomeDecor #EasyDIYFrame

The tabletop frame only took about 30 minutes to put together. I think I’ll make a few more as Christmas gifts for the special people in our lives? Right, before we get to the good stuff, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram. And don’t forget to subscribe so you’ll never miss a post!

What you need to make the scrap wood picture frame

For this project, you’ll need scrap bits of wood roughly the same thickness. Lucky for us we have a big pile of pallet wood that we salvaged so I just dug through that. Don’t you just love how versatile pallets are? If you don’t have any scrap wood lying around, you can make this hinged frame using cardboard and clothespins.

 

Our pile of scrap pallet wood

You’ll also need:

  • 2 small hinges and wood screws
  • Wooden skewers or dowels
  • Drill and saw
  • Sandpaper – 80 grit, 100 grit, and 120 grit
  • Wood glue
  • Craft paint and stencils (optional)

 

For the hinged tabletop picture frame you'll need scrap wood, skewers and two hinges

How to make a hinged picture frame from scrap wood

Figure out how big you want each hinged panel of your picture frame to be. The two panels that make up our “frames” measures 24 cm x 20 cm (about 9.5” x 8”). From my experience, most pallets tend to be full of splinters and they’re rough sawn and filled with dings and dangs. It’s one of the downsides of using free wood, so I had to sand them first, before cutting them to size.

 

Cut the pallet wood into 6 equal sized pieces

The other problem with pallet wood is that the planks are usually only around 9cm wide (3 ½”) so you need to join them side-by-side to form the panels that make up the frame. And since I wanted the hinged picture frame to look good inside and out, I had to use butt joints.

Butt joints are probably the weakest kind of joins, so I reinforced the join with dowels. Well actually they’re skewers with their tips chopped off, but hey who cares, they still work.

 

Skewers can be used instead of dowel sticks to make butt joints

How to make a butt joint without a jig

When reinforcing butt joints the key to success is making sure that the drilled holes in the side-by-side pieces link up precisely. I don’t have jigs or any of that fancy stuff so I used this easy trick to make sure those holes are in exactly the right place.

Drill two small holes and insert nails. Hilti nails are great since they don’t have a head. If you don’t have any Hilti’s, just cut the head off an ordinary nail with side cutters.

 

Insert a headless nail into the hole

Line up the pieces you’d like to join and press them together firmly.

 

Line the pieces of wood up and push together firmly

The nails make small indents that show you exactly where to drill 😉

 

The sharp point of the nail will make a mark in the wood

Use a drill bit that’s the same size as your dowels and drill a hole on the mark made by the nail head. .

 

Drill a hole on the mark made by the nail

Insert the skewer and trim to fit.

 

Insert the skewers into the holes and trim to size

Add a little glue in the holes, insert the dowels, and join the two pieces together.

 

Add glue to the sides you'll be joining together

Clamp and wait for the glue to dry.

 

Glue and clamp the pieces together

And that’s it. Easy right!?

 

Here's an easy trick to line up butt joints precisely when you don't have any fancy tools. #ButtJoints #Tipsandtricks #woodworking

Finishing off the hinged picture frame

Almost done 😉 Once the glue is completely dry we can screw on the hinges between the two panels and decorate the inside and outside of the frame. I used a mandala stencil for the outside and a squiggly text for the inside.

 

To finished off the hinged tabletop picture frame add a pretty stencil

Add a special quote or your favorite photos and you’re done.

 

If you’re looking for a fun way to display some of your special snaps, you’re going to love this hinged picture frame made from scrap wood. Both the outside and inside can be customized to suit your décor style and it’s super easy to change the photos or pics around without having to remove the glass and backing first. They make lovely gifts too. #HingedPictureFrame #DIYPictureFrame #TableTopFrame #ACraftyMix #DIYHomeDecor #EasyDIYFrame

To attach two of my favorite pics of our kids on either side of the frame, I just used washi tape.

 

If you’re looking for a fun way to display some of your special snaps, you’re going to love this hinged picture frame made from scrap wood. Both the outside and inside can be customized to suit your décor style and it’s super easy to change the photos or pics around without having to remove the glass and backing first. They make lovely gifts too. #HingedPictureFrame #DIYPictureFrame #TableTopFrame #ACraftyMix #DIYHomeDecor #EasyDIYFrame
If you’re looking for a fun way to display some of your special snaps, you’re going to love this hinged picture frame made from scrap wood. Both the outside and inside can be customized to suit your décor style and it’s super easy to change the photos or pics around without having to remove the glass and backing first. They make lovely gifts too. #HingedPictureFrame #DIYPictureFrame #TableTopFrame #ACraftyMix #DIYHomeDecor #EasyDIYFrame

If taping pictures down isn’t your thing, you can add a piece of string on each panel, and peg your pics on instead. And when the frame is not being used, I can just fold it up and still use it in our decor.

 

If you’re looking for a fun way to display some of your special snaps, you’re going to love this hinged picture frame made from scrap wood. Both the outside and inside can be customized to suit your décor style and it’s super easy to change the photos or pics around without having to remove the glass and backing first. They make lovely gifts too. #HingedPictureFrame #DIYPictureFrame #TableTopFrame #ACraftyMix #DIYHomeDecor #EasyDIYFrame

The scrap wood picture frame would make a lovely gift too. And you don’t even need to wrap it. Just tie a pretty ribbon or strings around it and you’re good to go.

If you like the idea of making a hinged picture frame, don’t forget to pin it for later.

 

If you’re looking for a fun way to display some of your special snaps, you’re going to love this hinged picture frame made from scrap wood. Both the outside and inside can be customized to suit your décor style and it’s super easy to change the photos or pics around without having to remove the glass and backing first. They make lovely gifts too. #HingedPictureFrame #DIYPictureFrame #TableTopFrame #ACraftyMix #DIYHomeDecor #EasyDIYFrame

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Here's an easy trick to line up butt joints precisely when you don't have any fancy tools. #ButtJoints #Tipsandtricks #woodworking

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Loew-Cornell 1021173 Woodsies Dowels 12'-3/16' 20/Pkg
DecoArt Americana Decor Mandala 12' X 12'
Darice Unfinished 6 x 14 inches Wood Pallet, Natural

And if you prefer to buy rather than DIY, then maybe these beauties will appeal.

 

Rustic Birch Wood Log 4x6 Photo Frame (Horizontal)
U.S. Art Supply 11' Small Tabletop Display Stand A-Frame Artist Easel - Beechwood Tripod, Painting Party Easel, Kids Students Classroom Table School Desktop - Portable Canvas Photo Picture Sign Holder
Rustic Wooden Picture Frame 4x6 Inch - Set of 2-100% Natural Eco Solid Barn Wood with Real Glass - Made for Wall and Tabletop Display - Old Dark Grey

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