$1 Cross-Stitched Frame

April 7, 2016Allison Murray
Turn a cheap wood frame from the craft department into a stitched dream for only $1!

Turn a cheap wood frame from the craft department into a stitched dream for only $1!

This Christmas Rob took my new favorite photo. After opening gifts he snapped a pic of me and my sister and our momma. I wanted to display it in my office but I didn’t have a good frame for it. Everything seemed so boring and I wanted something just as unique as each of us are.

I mean, it’s amazing how people can’t tell which one of us is on the phone because our voices all sound so similar. We essentially have our own language and can talk about things and leave everybody else scratching their heads. As my dad says “its crazy when you say the “thing” and you all understand what it is without any explanation.”  We all love thrift stores and animals and we all have more pets than most :) We all dig making things, though I’ve taken it to a bit of an extreme!

Though similar, we are different. My sister is the caregiver. She’s a nurse and she likes to take care of people. I couldn’t do that for anything in the world. My Momma is the type who would drive across the country to help you move. And, to be honest, I’m not sure where I fit into the grand scheme of things but I do.

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Turn a cheap wood frame from the craft department into a stitched dream for only $1!

But I’m getting sidetracked here… I wanted a super awesome but inexpensive frame and I went to my stack of $1 wood picture frames from Plaid. Literally I have like 8 of these things and I tried to dream up something awesome. And when I remembered how much I loved my cross-stitch vase I made a while back ago, and actually saw it right next to my monitor it was awesome idea time, baby.

Now to be brutally honest, drilling all of these holes is a bitch. And I should know because I did it not once, but twice. Yep, You might notice 2 different tones of wood because the first one I did I made my template wrong and didn’t have enough holes for my design. That sucker got chucked in the trash and I had to start all over again. Meh. But in the end I’m so pleased with what I got that I’m all about it and I’m strongly considering making one for my mom and my sis, too. That is if another fab idea doesn’t strike shortly!

For this project you will need:

Turn a cheap wood frame from the craft department into a stitched dream for only $1!

Print your hole guide (link in project items list above) and attach to the front of your frame with repositionable spray adhesive for easy removal.

Turn a cheap wood frame from the craft department into a stitched dream for only $1!

Sit back and get ready to drill a bazillion holes. In truth it takes about 20 minutes total and I broke that up into about 5 minute increments but I’m totally whining about it anyway :) 7/64 worked well for me.

Turn a cheap wood frame from the craft department into a stitched dream for only $1!

Because these cheapie frames are made of layers of wood the back one is going to shred into something that will give you a wicked splinter. (note to self: awesome band name – wicked splinter)

Turn a cheap wood frame from the craft department into a stitched dream for only $1!

Luckily all you need is something sharp, like a razor blade, to peel away that weird layer that has gone haywire. As is always the case, please be super careful when using sharp things!

Turn a cheap wood frame from the craft department into a stitched dream for only $1!

Finish both sides with a quick hit of fine grit sand paper to smooth out the holes and clean up the back to be less dangerous :)

Turn a cheap wood frame from the craft department into a stitched dream for only $1!

Stain your choice of color (my first choice was pecan and my second was mahogany) and allow to FULLY dry.

Now take care when staining as wood has a tendency to swell. My first go I was super careful to not allow the stain to settle in the holes but on my second go I was trying out gel stain for the first time and it got ALL up in those holes and they decided to go on and swell up on me making passing a needle through difficult enough that I got to drill holes for a THIRD time using a bigger bit. Meh.

Turn a cheap wood frame from the craft department into a stitched dream for only $1!

Now it’s just a matter of finding the perfect yarns from your stash you need to bust to stitch this baby up! Because of my change in wood stains I actually made 2 different color charts – one mostly green to go with mahogany, and one mostly purple or maybe pink to go with pecan.

Turn a cheap wood frame from the craft department into a stitched dream for only $1!

Now isn’t that lovely? In the end I was an idiot so it took so much more work than it should have, but to be honest, I’m so in love with the way it looks that I would (and probably will) do it all over again! Luckily I learn from my mistakes and you don’t have to have the same troubles I did making this a more fun project from the outset!

I’m not sure where I’m going to put this. I had said my office but I really want it on my nighstand, I think. We’ll see where it goes but no matter where, it’s still my fave picture and it will always be one of my favorites no matter what.

Turn a cheap wood frame from the craft department into a stitched dream for only $1!

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Comments (3)

  • Marie Dabbs

    April 21, 2016 at 12:12 PM

    I love this project! I’m considering trying something similar with some peg board I have. Your project made me think of something I saw at Target called the Embroidery Board by Hand Made Modern. It already has the holes, but no cut out for the photo. I wonder how hard that’d be to cut out, lol? Anyway, your’s looks fantastic!

    1. Allison Murray

      April 21, 2016 at 12:33 PM

      Thanks so much! I’ve seen that peg board because I LOVE the craft section at Target! I have a really hard time cutting out things like that. I think you’d need a jigsaw and I don’t know how to work one of those. If you have a friend that is good with power tools it probably wouldn’t be very difficult and you’d save drilling all of those holes!

  • Pat Schwab

    May 21, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    Hi Allison, I just saw this featured on CraftGossip. Congrats, Pat S

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