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A great frame, rustic ... and contains 6 small frames ready for your family portraits ...

multi frames lay out

It tempts you to make your own? No technical difficulty ... No special tools ... Nothing out of the ordinary: a picture framer saw with its stop, some standards cleats , plywood or hardboard off cuts, just a little glue and paint ... Its all!

The plan and dimensions.

When finished, the large frame measure 50cm x 40cm and contains 6 smaller frames, hung on pitons with a string of flax.

In order to avoid monotony, these small frames are all different sizes and locations may be interchangeable:

multi frames plan
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1 rectangular frames: 10x12cm
1 rectangular frames: 12x14cm
1 rectangular frame: 10x14cm
1 square frame of side 15cm.
1 rectangular frame: 10x11cm
1 square frame of 12 cm square.

To convert... 1cm = 0.4"
(1mm = 0.04")

The big frame consists of a bottom in plywood 6 or 10mm on which is stuck an 30x10 entourage wood cleat.

Of course, all lengths given here (and completions) are only indicative and fully editable, you will adapt them according to your personal circumstances.

The largest frame

Start by cutting out the bottom as a rectangle of plywood or medium 50cm x 40cm. All DIY stores have a cutting department of timber that can cut for you this plate ...

With the picture framer saw , regulate the stop with 50cm and cut with 45°miters the 2 horizontal sides of the frame from 30x10 cleat. Set then the stop to 40cm and cut the two other bars.

multi frames backing
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Paste bevels and the back of the frame sides, set up and tighten during the drying of the adhesive.

Give to finish a sandpaper blow on the edges for smoothing the unit.

You can now give a light coat of paint (i choose dark and light grays).

Making of small frames

Each small frame consists of a piece of hardboard or 6mm plywood on which is glued an entourage consisting of 20x10mm cleat.

With the picture framer saw, cut the 20x10 cleat with 45 ° bevels to the precise length of the sides of frames. For more precision, use the stop of the saw.

cutting frames edges

Then glue the frame sides on the bottom (don't forget to paste the bevels).

joining frame sides

Place them one by one on the bottom of the small frame and arrange it as best you can to tighten during the drying time ... half-buried nails, clamps or framer press.

clamping frame sides

For my part I used two small clamps as on the photo... after having checked the squareness.

Finishes small frames

Sand the small frames (top and sides) before giving them a light coat of paint of your choice. Feel free to dilute the paint so it does not mask the wood fibers ... it must simply tinting.

I chose for this example of neutral gray tones light and darker. I gave several very thin coats alternating light and dark gray then I sanded to reveal nuances.

Petit cadre

The inside the frame is completely hidden by the mat ... therefore unnecessary pay attention to have a fine painting!

By places, wood appears under painting... its the rustic fintion touch !


If you prefer a more rustic color, stain with diluted walnut the edges of small frames, wax after drying (clear polish) and have a fine steel wool to give a satin appearance.

We must now fix the suspension strings. If you work with the provided Plan, you see than small top frames are aligned in the top row and in the lower row, the bottom of the frames are too.

Fixing a wire on the frame


This means strings of equal length at the top (the suspension pitons are aligned) and staggered hooks downstairs. You will set the strings for your convenience : the most practical is to staple them to the back of the frame ... Form a loop to enhance the setting ...

Installation and finishing of the large frame

In the 30x10 cut batten tab amounts to be stuck on the bottom. In the same way as for small frames, sized edges and bevels songs and put up the amounts. Tighten.

So that the small frames have a good contrast with the bottom, paint this one with a darker painting

Place the small frames in seeking an arrangement that pleases you.


achieved multi frame


Depending on it, insert slightly small nails which serve to hang the small frames.

Eventually, with a cutting pliers, reduce their length if needed ...


hooking the frames


At the back of the frame, attach two small eye bolts and stretch a wire (in this context, it is always preferable for a frame to be hung on the wall: with a wire ou a suspension string, you can still easily horizontal adjust it !).


How to place your photos?

If you can print your own pictures then this is the "on-action" ... Cut with a cutter to a size just slightly higher than within small frames ... and enter them into forcing a little ... The picture completely fill the frame.


a photo in a small frame


If you've already practiced framing pictures... you can even, for each small frame, build a mat dressed in cartoline paper of your choice.

Attach your photos to the back of the mat ... It's longer, but the result is worth it!