This DIY picture frame easel is such a simple project that can be styled anywhere around the house. It’s an interesting way to display art or family photos than just a typical photo frame. I was able to use scrap wood and supplies I already had, but this can easily be made for less than ten dollars. (post contains affiliate links, see disclosure)
- 1×1, or scrap wood
- a stain of choice, I used Minwax Special Walnut
- super glue or Liquid Nails
- miter saw
- 5×7 picture frames, I used these
- cut 1×1 into (2) 10-inch pieces (2) 8-inch pieces with one at a 15-degree edge, and small 2.5-inch piece
- use glue to attach large front pieces to small 2.5 piece
- attach angled 8-inch piece to the underside of small 2.5 piece
- attach the remaining 8-inch piece to front and make sure it is level
It took me a little while to figure out the angles for the easel. To make it easier, I just glued the two front pieces onto a smaller piece of wood. Then the back piece is cut to a 15-degree angle and glued to the underside of the small piece. This creates the stand for the back. I eyeballed the placement for the front and made sure it was level.
I didn’t like how the wood tones clashed with my original picture frame. Luckily, I have two frames so I used the glass from each and sandwiched my art between them. This art is a free printable from my DIY vintage art post! I’m actually happy this didn’t work out as planned, because it is even better now with just the simple glass.
And if you aren’t in the mood to DIY a picture frame easel, I rounded up a few mini easels and similar frames to shop!