How to build an oversized frame

I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend!  We had grand plans to finish the bathroom but I’ve been battling a fever for the past 3 days that just knocked me down.  I couldn’t quite give my 50%, but Mike did a great job.  Hopefully I’ll be back in action soon so we can wrap that room up.  I will say it is looking soooo good:)  We went down to the cabin for a night and I was finally able to snap a picture of the oversized frame we built for Mike’s parents.  You may remember me mentioning a tutorial way back when we built our oversized living room wall art and am finally delivering.  Here is the frame we made for the cabin that I’m sharing the tutorial for today.

We used the same method for the living room, but adjusted the size to fit the wall.  The frame for the large map at the cabin was about 5’x5′ and cost around $25 to make.  Here is what you’ll need:

  • quarter round trim {to fit inside the larger boards}
  • pin boards {to the length you want}
  • kreg jig
  • screws
  • miter saw

Mike started by cutting the large boards to size.  He cut the ends at a 45 degree angle for a nice corner seam.

Then we laid those out and measured the trim to fit tightly inside the large outside boards.

We laid out the trim and boards to mark where we would attach the corners.

Once everything was nicely lined up, Mike marked two spots on each corner where he would attach the two boards.

Then we took the boards over to the workbench and lined up the Kreg jig with Mike’s marks and he screwed in pocket holes.

Then we laid everything back out on the ground and lined the holes back up with the lines he originally drew.

And screwed them back together.

Once the outer part of the frame was complete, it was time to attach the inner trim.  This just helps it look rounded off and finished.

We propped the whole frame up, sanded the corners down, and stained it to match the cabin.  Mike’s parents added a couple more coats of stain once they got it down there to match the other wood in the house.

My sister-in-law and her husband created the giant map for Mike’s parents and it was already hanging so they just had to hang the frame around it.


This project can be used for so many different things.  To frame a mirror, create your own art, etc.  It took us about 30 minutes to make and was inexpensive, especially for its size.

Ok, who is ready to build a giant frame?  Anyone accomplish any big projects this weekend?

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  1. How did they have the map mounted before you put the frame around it? We have a giant similar map at our cabin but the giant chunk of thin glass makes us all nervous….

    • They taped the maps together on the back and then taped the outside of the large map to the wall. The big frame hides the tape used and keeps it in place:)

  2. Great to know! I love old maps but the sizes are always odd. Thanks for sharing!
    Lori In Atlanta

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