Picture Frame Shelf – DIY Project Instructions

Dress up any wall with this modern picture frame shelf that only takes minutes to create! Adjust the project to your desired measurements to fit the number of frames that works for you.


  • (1) 1″ x 2″ Hardwood Board
  • (1) 1″ x 3″ Hardwood Board
  • (1) 1″ x 4″ Hardwood Board

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Follow These Steps:

  1. Using 1″ x 4″, 1″ x 3″, and 1″ x 2″ pieces of hardwood, cut to your desired length using a circular saw and 24 Tooth blade. We recommend cutting each board to 28″ in length to fit three 5″ x 7″ picture frames.
    • a. 1″ x 4″
    • b. 1” x 3″
    • c. 1″ x 2″
  2. Sand all pieces of wood using a 1/4 Sheet Sander and 100 grit sandpaper before assembling.
  3. Using the Bauer Titanium Drill Bit Set (Item 63911), drill pilot holes through the 1″ x 4″ into the edge of the 1″ x 3″ board. Secure with 1-5/8″ wood screws.
  4. Attach the front piece, the 1″ x 2″ piece of wood cut to your desired length, using framing nails and a hammer.
  5. If desired, stain the assembled shelf using an interior grade wood stain.
  6. Using the appropriate mounting brackets for your surface, mount two brackets on the rear of your shelf, 1″ in from each side.

Picture Frame Shelf - DIY Project Instructions - Harbor Freight Tools

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