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Wood Block Floating Picture Frames | Pretty Handy Girl

We are days away from Christmas and I’m sure there is someone on your list that you just can’t figure out what to get for them. I have the perfect solution! Make them a wood block floating picture frame using scrap 2×4″ lumber and plexiglass.

If you don’t have scrap 2×4’s lying around, you can purchase a 2x4x8 foot stud for less than $4! You could make 16 photo frames out of that one board! (Granted, you’ll need to buy the plexiglass for each.)

Materials:

  • 2 – 2 x 4s (cut to 6″ lengths)
  • 4 – 6″ x 9″ pieces of plexiglass (3/32″ thickness)
  • Ipswich Pine Stain
  • gel stain or Minwax Express color
  • small detail paint brush
  • pencil or pen
  • photos
  • tape
  • rag
  • optional: scrapbook paper, double stick tape

Tools:

Instructions:

Set your table saw to a 10 degree bevel.

Wood Block Floating Picture Frames | Pretty Handy Girl

Set the saw blade to a depth halfway through your block (about 7/8″ deep.) Set the fence to 2″ from the blade.

Wood Block Floating Picture Frames | Pretty Handy Girl

Use your GRR-RIPPER to safely guide the 2×4 over the saw blade. Check to see if two pieces of plexiglass will fit in the groove created by the saw blade.

Wood Block Floating Picture Frames | Pretty Handy Girl

If not, nudge the fence over slightly and make a second pass over the blade. Check to see if the plexiglass will fit now. If not, repeat the process until they fit snugly.

Wood Block Floating Picture Frames | Pretty Handy Girl

Sand all sides of the 2×4 block.

Wood Block Floating Picture Frames | Pretty Handy Girl

Stain the blocks any color you like. I used a natural stain to give the wood a slight glow.

Wood Block Floating Picture Frames | Pretty Handy Girl

While the blocks are drying, print out your words using a computer. Cut out the words. After the blocks have dried, position and tape the words onto your blocks.

Wood Block Floating Picture Frames | Pretty Handy Girl

Use a pen or pencil to trace the letters. Use firm pressure while tracing.

Wood Block Floating Picture Frames | Pretty Handy Girl

Remove the paper and you should be able to see the tracing on your blocks.

Wood Block Floating Picture Frames | Pretty Handy Girl

Paint inside the letters with your stain. A gel stain works well because it doesn’t spread as much and it has a thicker consistency.

Wood Block Floating Picture Frames | Pretty Handy Girl

Alternatively, you could outline the letters and use the stain to color the rest of the block.

Wood Block Floating Picture Frames | Pretty Handy Girl

Wipe stain onto the rest of the block sides.

Wood Block Floating Picture Frames | Pretty Handy Girl

Sand the edges of your cut plexiglass until they are smooth.

Wood Block Floating Picture Frames | Pretty Handy Girl

Sandwich a photo between the two pieces of plexiglass and insert it into the groove in the block.

Wood Block Floating Picture Frames | Pretty Handy Girl

This project is a great way to use up your wood scraps and give something unique to someone you love.

Wood Block Floating Picture Frames | Pretty Handy Girl

If you prefer, you can slip a piece of scrapbook paper (cut to the same size of the plexiglass) behind the photos.

Wood Block Floating Picture Frames | Pretty Handy Girl

Which do you like better? The natural blocks or the black ones? Scrapbook paper or none?

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Disclosure: As a #LowesCreator, I was provided with a Lowe’s gift card to purchase supplies for this post. I was not told what to write. All ideas and words are my own.

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