It’s so easy to make your own photo frame with timber moulding and Selleys products .

For a personalised gift or to add a rustic vibe to your décor, its a great little project to try at your place.

Beginner Intermediate Advanced
24 hours

What you need 

  •  Selleys Aquadhere Quick Set
  •  2 x long frame edges (timber colonial moulding, 287 x 41 x 18mm)
  •  2 x short frame edges (timber colonial moulding, 225 x 41 x 18mm)
  •  1 x backing piece (plywood, 283 x 221 x 3mm)
  •  Mitre box
  •  Tenon saw
  •  120 grit sandpaper
  •  Double-sided adhesive tape
  •  Masking tape


Step 1: Cut The Frame Edges

Step 1: Cut The Frame Edges

Measure the photo you wish to frame, then use a mitre box and tenon saw to cut lengths of moulding for the frame edges. Sand off any splinters using 120 grit sandpaper.

Step 2: Prepare The Backing

Step 2: Prepare The Backing

Test-fit the frame edges together and cut a rectangle of 3mm plywood to size, then sand the edges with 120 grit sandpaper. Use double-sided tape to attach the photo in the centre.

TIP: Cut the backing a few millimetres smaller than the size of the frame.

 Step 3: Glue The Frame Together

Step 3: Glue The Frame Together

Apply Selleys Aquadhere Quickset along the back of the frame pieces and on the mitre cuts. Carefully arrange the pieces around the backing and hold in place using masking tape until dry.

Step 4: Add A Stand

Step 4: Add A Stand

For a freestanding picture frame, simply use Selleys Aquadhere Quickset to glue an offcut of moulding to the backing, holding it in place using masking tape until dry.

 Step 5: Decorate!

Step 5: Decorate!

Give the frame a personal touch by staining, painting or decorating the edge once the glue has has fully cured.

How to measure mitre cuts

The lengths of framing for this project are measured from the exterior side of the mitre, or the maximum length of each piece.

To frame a larger or smaller picture, simply take its measurements and subtract 5mm so the frame will slightly overlap the edges of the picture. Make the first mitre cut, then mark the length on the interior side of the frame edges.

What is a tenon saw?

A tenon saw is a type of handsaw used to make precise cuts in timber. It has a reinforced back to make it more rigid, and finer teeth than an average handsaw, allowing it to make neater cuts.


Selleys Aquadhere Durabond

Selleys Aquadhere Durabond is suitable for bonding wood to almost anything, is easily sandable, paintable & stainable. Perfect for jobs requiring extra durability.

Selleys Aquadhere Exterior

Selleys Aquadhere Exterior produces bonds stronger than most woods and is weatherproof, so it is excellent for exterior projects.

Selleys Aquadhere Interior

Selleys Aquadhere Interior is a high quality interior PVA wood glue that is suitable for everything from woodwork to craft.

Selleys Aquadhere Quick Set

Selleys Aquadhere Quick Set is a quick setting PVA wood glue that is suitable for all types of wood, sets twice as fast compared to normal PVAs.

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