Craft Tools For Beginner Picture Framing

In the Arts & Crafts introduction, we discussed how to make picture frames using conventional picture frame molding. In this blog, we will discuss making large or odd size frames from crown molding, a task even beginners can accomplish with the right Hand Tools, tool kit and directions. Practice truly does make perfect when it comes to making your own ‘custom’ frames. Even beginners can develop experience quickly. And, using crown molding will likely be a snap, especially since you will have already gotten comfortable with your hand tools by now.

Required Craft Tools

craft toolsYou likely have acquired most of the craft tools listed below. If not, check out’s hand tools section to buy anything else you need to complete your project:


    • Crown molding (buy extra length)
    • Measuring tape
    • Pencil or crayon marker
    • Wood glue
    • Miter saw
    • Staple gun & staples
    • Stain or paint
    • Paint brush
    • Glazier points
    • Wire & wire cutters
    • Flat-head screwdriver and screws

Simple Directions For Custom Framing

    • Artwork: First, measure the artwork by both height and width.
    • Crown Molding: Next, use a pencil or marker to mark the exact artwork’s measurements on the inside of the crown molding.
    • Miter Saw: Once marked, take the crown molding and use the meter saw to cut the first end at a 45-degree angle. For the second section, cut a 45-degree angle at the opposing angle of the first piece.
    • Wood Glue: Take the first two pieces and ensure they line up properly without gaps. Next, use a small amount of wood glue on each end and press the opposing ends together tightly, wiping off any excess.
    • Staple Gun: Use the staple gun to staple the frame’s backside with wood staples. Repeat the process of cutting, gluing and stapling until your frame is formed, making sure that the frame will lie flat.
    • Painting: If you plan on painting, once the glue has dried you may begin. If you have chosen to stain your frame, you will have done that before cutting or gluing and can skip this step.
    • Glazier Points: Add glazier points to the frame’s backside. Heavy artwork may require glazier points on each corner, as well as between them.
    • Wire: Next, measure wire with the tape measure allowing a little slack, adding about 6 more inches to secure the ends. Then, drill screws to the frame’s top two corners without penetrating the front of the crown molding. Insert the wire through each screw, wrapping the excess several times to secure it.
    • Insert Artwork: You are almost done! Place your artwork into the frame and secure with a flat head screwdriver at the glazier points. You are now ready to admire your handiwork by hanging your project on the wall and enjoy!