I’m really excited about today project! It is so quick and turned out so cute! Yardsticks projects are super trendy right now, and yardstick picture frames are a great way to incorporate the trend into your home.
For this project I recycled some old yardsticks and old picture frames. I only had one yard stick that had the aged look I wanted, so I aged the other yardstick myself. There are a couple of ways you can get the aged look yourself. You can google a recipe to make your own “ageing solution for wood”, these recipes will most likely include steel wool and baking soda, or you can buy a mix. I got a mix from DIY Driftwood, it’s very easy to use, you just add water, paint it on, and let it soak in.
After about 20 minutes the chemicals will start to change the color of the wood and give it that aged look. I let my yardsticks dry overnight but you would be able to work with them after about an hour. Of course you don’t need to age your yardsticks, maybe you can find all aged yardsticks or you like the look of the different colors together. After you have figured out if you would like to age your yardsticks or not the frame will come together really quickly.
Cut your yardsticks to the size you need for the frame you are using. My frame was an 8×10, I cut my pieces of yardsticks a little longer so I would have plenty of space to glue them together. You will want to make sure to measure your yardsticks against your frame before you cut. Cut the yardsticks to length using a hand saw, or circular saw.
Place the yardsticks on your frame how you would like them. This will depend on the frame you are using. I used a very smooth frame so it would be easier to glue the yardstick down.
It takes a pretty good sized dob of glue to get your yardsticks to stay together. If you don’t have a high heat glue gun you could also use E6000, super glue, or another epoxy.
After gluing your yardsticks together to create your frame, glue the yardsticks to the old picture frame. Make sure you get plenty of glue around the corners.
If you use hot glue it will be dry very quickly, if you use an epoxy then you will need to let it dry and cure overnight.
I really love the way they turned out and how they look on my spring mantle!
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