DIY Open Frames

A couple of months ago, we remodeled the fireplace in our lower level. I think I was more excited to have a lower mantle to decorate for the holidays on than I was about the actual fireplace. I knew I wanted to be able to change the mantle decor with the different seasons and holidays so I wanted something that could be versatile so I didn’t have to rethink the entire thing. So I figured open frames would work well and could be used all year round.

DIY open frames

I went to the store to pick some up thinking they would be really cheap since there isn’t much to them but nope. They were more expensive than I would have thought at around $35 each for open back frames. I knew I could make my own for half the price so off to Menards I went! I made 2 different frames so I got different pieces of moulding for each.  I spent a total of $17. I used thicker moulding for the larger frame and a little bit thinner moulding with a different design for the smaller one.

DIY Open Frames

I measured out the space I wanted them to cover on the mantle and cut the pieces to size. The larger frame is about 17″ x 18″ and the smaller one is  about 13″ x 9″.

The ends are cut at 45 degrees to make the square corners.

DIY open frames

Then each piece is nailed together using a nail gun.

DIY open frames

I thought about adding some color to one of the frames but decided it would be more versatile if I went neutral with them (go figure) and then I can add color through other seasonal decor pieces. I went with “classic gray” stain and “espresso” stain.

DIY open frames

I like the frames but I need to add some more pieces to the rest of the mantle. Until I get around to that, I have a small boxwood wreath from Target and the candlesticks are from Pier 1. I like that the frames give me the ability to switch things up and since I’m a Christmas freak I’m already picturing some holiday cheer up on the mantle even though it’s only July 🙂

DIY open frames

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