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DIY Baby Photo Frame


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Looking for a monthly photo prop for your new baby? Look no further than this DIY Photo Frame! Perfect to stage with your infant and capture their month-to-month growth with the erasable chalkboard. Once they reach 1 year, this photo prop transitions into a display frame for their nursery - so you can showcase 12 months of adorable pictures!

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

      CUT LIST: 2 Pieces 3-1/4" Base Moulding @ 26" each (at a 45 degree angle on both sides); 2 pieces 3-1/4" Base Moulding @ 20" each (at a 45 degree angle on both sides); 2 pieces Pine Detail Moulding @ 9" (45 degree angle on both sides); 2 Pieces Pine Detail Moulding @ 7" (45 degree angle on both sides); 1 Piece Sanded Plywood 8"x6"

    2. Step: 2

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      Measure and make your cuts from the cut list above using a Miter Saw for the Base Moulding and Detail Moulding.

    3. Step: 3

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      For Sanded Plywood, measure and make your cuts using a circular saw. Before moving on, ensure that corresponding frame pieces are cut to same length and are perfectly flush

    4. Step: 4

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      Start by assembling the larger frame. Take your 4 pieces of base moulding and dry fit corners to ensure they all line up. Start with one corner of the frame, flip boards over (face down), add a small amount of wood glue and press together to make sure corners are lined up.

    5. Step: 5

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      Use Narrow Crown Stapler to attach the seam together using (3) 3/8" staples. Repeat process with gluing and stapling for all 4 sides.

    6. Step: 6

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      Next, you will complete the smaller chalkboard frame portion. Take your 4 pieces of detail moulding and dry fit corners to ensure they all line up. Start with one corner of the frame, add small amount of wood glue and press together. Hint: Use a small square of scrap wood to help hold up the moulding with clamps when fixing the corners together.

    7. Step: 7

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      Use a 23GA Pin Nailer (using 1" pin nails) to attach the corners together. Use 1 nail on the side of each corner. Repeat the process for all corners, 8 nails total.

    8. Step: 8

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      Stain both frames to your liking. Let dry.

    9. Step: 9

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      Paint plywood with chalk paint. Let dry. Note: make sure you do this BEFORE assembling the plywood backer to the small detailed moulding frame.

    10. Step: 10

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      Once dry, place a small amount of glue inside the back of the small detailed moulding frame, and fit the plywood securely inside. Attach the plywood to the frame using the pin nailer and 1/2" pin nails around the outside edge of the plywood.

    11. Step: 11

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      You're done! Use chalk to write the on the small chalkboard each month to use this as a photo prop with your baby!

    12. Step: 12

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      EXTRA FUNCTIONALITY: After this frame and chalkboard has served its purpose as monthly photo props, you can turn this into a lasting photo frame for your wall! Use stapler to attach twine strands across the back of the frame. Clothes pins can be used to hold photos into place. You can use wood glue and a few pin nails to attach the chalkboard piece to the larger frame.

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DIY Baby Photo Frame

by RYOBI Nation
Mar 22, 2019
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Looking for a monthly photo prop for your new baby? Look no further than this DIY Photo Frame! Perfect to stage with your infant and capture their month-to-month growth with the erasable chalkboard. Once they reach 1 year, this photo prop transitions into a display frame for their nursery - so you can showcase 12 months of adorable pictures!

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1

    CUT LIST: 2 Pieces 3-1/4" Base Moulding @ 26" each (at a 45 degree angle on both sides); 2 pieces 3-1/4" Base Moulding @ 20" each (at a 45 degree angle on both sides); 2 pieces Pine Detail Moulding @ 9" (45 degree angle on both sides); 2 Pieces Pine Detail Moulding @ 7" (45 degree angle on both sides); 1 Piece Sanded Plywood 8"x6"

  2. Step: 2
    Huge ac85c7ff 994b 4ac7 93d4 8fca3570ef57

    Measure and make your cuts from the cut list above using a Miter Saw for the Base Moulding and Detail Moulding.

  3. Step: 3
    Huge a1e05fd1 3e57 4a74 b52b 154ae0da8b1b

    For Sanded Plywood, measure and make your cuts using a circular saw. Before moving on, ensure that corresponding frame pieces are cut to same length and are perfectly flush

  4. Step: 4
    Huge 89ba5a3f 8b07 4fde 8e9b 4e8e0eb4cf15

    Start by assembling the larger frame. Take your 4 pieces of base moulding and dry fit corners to ensure they all line up. Start with one corner of the frame, flip boards over (face down), add a small amount of wood glue and press together to make sure corners are lined up.

  5. Step: 5
    Huge 3c4ca324 a715 4f9d bb31 f90ade1372bb

    Use Narrow Crown Stapler to attach the seam together using (3) 3/8" staples. Repeat process with gluing and stapling for all 4 sides.

  6. Step: 6
    Huge cb48b3a1 0fec 42e0 b9f3 872bf45eb7f2

    Next, you will complete the smaller chalkboard frame portion. Take your 4 pieces of detail moulding and dry fit corners to ensure they all line up. Start with one corner of the frame, add small amount of wood glue and press together. Hint: Use a small square of scrap wood to help hold up the moulding with clamps when fixing the corners together.

  7. Step: 7
    Huge bfc0f04c 1fcf 4c0c a792 21735f724e4c

    Use a 23GA Pin Nailer (using 1" pin nails) to attach the corners together. Use 1 nail on the side of each corner. Repeat the process for all corners, 8 nails total.

  8. Step: 8
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    Stain both frames to your liking. Let dry.

  9. Step: 9
    Huge c3273e26 4ea0 40d9 b179 c78c135eeec2

    Paint plywood with chalk paint. Let dry. Note: make sure you do this BEFORE assembling the plywood backer to the small detailed moulding frame.

  10. Step: 10
    Huge af484948 1d81 402a 8040 95df78b50e90

    Once dry, place a small amount of glue inside the back of the small detailed moulding frame, and fit the plywood securely inside. Attach the plywood to the frame using the pin nailer and 1/2" pin nails around the outside edge of the plywood.

  11. Step: 11
    Huge 924494f5 aee4 4bc8 9bac 131a3f7d8374

    You're done! Use chalk to write the on the small chalkboard each month to use this as a photo prop with your baby!

  12. Step: 12
    Huge 2a1c7824 3ebe 4730 9dff 31bd807ad2b4

    EXTRA FUNCTIONALITY: After this frame and chalkboard has served its purpose as monthly photo props, you can turn this into a lasting photo frame for your wall! Use stapler to attach twine strands across the back of the frame. Clothes pins can be used to hold photos into place. You can use wood glue and a few pin nails to attach the chalkboard piece to the larger frame.