How to Make a DIY Rustic Wooden Frame for Magnet & Chalkboards

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As promised in my prior post on how to make a magnetic map for all those travel magnets you’ve been collecting, I’m covering how to make a DIY rustic wooden frame. This will finish off your magnet board and make it worthy of displaying anywhere in your home. You can complete this project without power tools and it is appropriate even for a beginner in woodworking. Furthermore, this frame could be used for any size or type of magnet or chalkboard. Just adjust measurements and you’re good to go!

Here’s what you’ll need to make a DIY rustic wooden frame:

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32×50 inch magnetic map you’ve made from my prior post (see link above)

2 1 inch x 4 inch x 8 feet boards (note, we used 2×4 boards because we happened to have some already, but 1 inch thick makes a nicer frame)

Quick square (like this one)

Tape measure

Hand saw (like this one)

120 & 220 grit sandpaper

Orbital sander (if you have one, otherwise you’ll sand by hand)

Wood stain in color of choice (I like this one)

Painter’s cloths

Small foam brush

Wood glue

Finishing nails


4 90 degree flat corner braces (like these)

16 1/2 inch screws

Drill or screwdriver

D Ring picture hanging kit with screws (like this one)

2 50lb picture hanger hooks with nails (like these)


  • First use tape measure to measure two 30 inch boards and two 48 inch boards. Mark measurements with pencil. These measurements will serve as the inside edges of your frame.
  • Then use quick square to measure a 45 degree angle from the marks on each board. Trace the angle on each side of each board with pencil.
  • Double check all measurements to ensure they are correct!
  • Use the hand saw to cut each traced angle.
  • Place the 4 boards together in a square to ensure each corner meets and forms a 90 degree angle. If they don’t, use hand saw to adjust as needed. Note: With a hand saw you can only be so precise. There may be a few gaps, which is why we’re calling this “rustic.” 🙂
  • Next use the 120 grit sandpaper on each board and then finish with the 220 grit sandpaper to obtain a smooth finish. Make sure to sand the edges of each board so they are not sharp or splintered.
  • Wipe excess dust off the boards with a clean painter’s cloth.
  • Now use a foam brush to liberally apply wood finish to the top and edges of each board. You only need to apply finish to the sides you will see when the picture is hanging.
  • Allow the finish to sit for a few minutes to sink in. Then wipe off the excess finish with a clean painter’s cloth.

DIY rustic wooden frame

  • Wait 24 hours for the finish to dry completely.
  • Next apply wood glue to the angled corner of each board. Press the corners together to form a 90 degree angle.
  • Apply glue to one corner at a time and then use finishing nails on the outside edge to hold the pieces together so the glue can fuse. We used 4 finishing nails on each corner. Note: this step will likely require two people. One to hold the boards together and one to nail. If you have clamps you could do this step on your own.

DIY rustic wooden frame

  • Allow glue to dry overnight.

DIY rustic wooden frame

  • Now place the magnet board with the top facing down on the back of the frame.
  • Place 90 degree flat corner braces on each corner toward the inside of the frame so that the braces also covers the corner of the magnet board.
  • Insert 4 screws in each corner brace, attaching the magnet board to the frame.

DIY rustic wooden frame

  • Attach D Ring picture hangers to either side of the frame about 5 inches below the top of the frame.
  • Determine where you want to hang the board and then place picture hanger hooks and nails in wall. Make sure the hooks are level!
  • Finally hang up your magnet board and start traveling so you can fill it!

I’d love to hear about your experience with and improvements to my DIY rustic wooden frame. So please comment below!

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