This DIY wood plank wreath frame is the perfect backdrop for hanging a wreath. The best part is that you can easily change the style of your wreath with the seasons.
Do you think using cotton bolls for home decor is a trend or a classic? Will cotton boll stems displayed in a blue glass vase one day be the glass grapes that were on widespread display in homes in the 70’s?
I hope it’s a classic. I love to decorate my home with anything that makes it feel more warm and cozy. And what says warm and cozy more than the origin of our favorite throws that we snuggle up with or lounge pants that we can’t wait to put on as soon as we walk in the door?
I absolutely love all of the cotton boll wreaths, like this, popping up everywhere. I had wanted one for a few months, but the only place I could think to put one was on the front door.
The problem is that I rarely enter my house through the front door, (as I mentioned here) so I would never see it.
But when I came across this one at Hobby Lobby a couple of months ago, (this is not a sponsored post) I decided I had wanted one long enough. I should just get it and figure out where to put it.
I brought it home determined to find just the right spot for it. Then I came across this picture of Christina’s family room and knew that a DIY wood plank frame was just what I needed to display the wreath.
After a few trips to Lowe’s and some plotting and planning, here is what I came up with. I know it seems like a lot of steps, but this project is very doable and so worth the time. I absolutely love the end result.
4- pine plank panel boards (3-9/16″ x 5/16″ x 8′) (I found mine at Lowe’s, it was the EverTrue Edge V-Groove Economy Plank Paneling as pictured above)
2- 8 ft. 1″ x 4″ boards
3- 4 ft. 1/4″ x 1-1/2 ” boards (these were in the craft boards section at Lowe’s)
1/2 inch wood screws
14- 3 x 5/8 inch mending braces
Stain and white paint
Single robe hook (to attach to the front of the frame for hanging the wreath)
Here is a picture of the backside of the frame to give you a visual of the assembly:
Step 1. Cut four of the 8 ft. plank boards in half so that you have eight boards that are 48 inches long.
Step 2. Stain either the front or the back side of the boards. I wanted to use the back side of the boards because that side had a rougher, more rustic look to it. If you want a smoother, more finished texture, use the front side of the planks. The stain color I used was a tiny bit of dark walnut mixed into classic oak. Use one of the extra plank boards to test your stain color before applying to your assembled planks.
Step 3. After the stain is dry, turn the planks over so that the stained side is face down. Connect each plank using their tongue and groove edges. Once the boards are all connected, lay 2 of your 1″ x 4″ boards on either side of the planks (as pictured above) to be sure they are lined up evenly. Straighten any that need it.
Step 4. Cut your 1/4″ x 1-1/2″ boards so that you have 3 pieces that measure 28 inches each. Run a bead of wood glue down the middle lengthwise of 2 of the pieces and place them about 4 inches in from the sides.
Step 5. Carefully, so that none of your wood slips around, use your 1/2 inch wood screws to attach the 1/4″ x 1-1/2″ inch boards to the planks. It works best if you attach one screw at the top and bottom first. Place the screws so that they go into the middle of the planks (see picture below). Continue adding screws until you have one attaching the length of the 1/4″ x 1-1/2″ boards to each plank.
Step 6. Attach the 3rd 1/4″ x 1-1/2″ board to the middle of the planks using the same method described in Step 5.
Step 7. Now that your plank boards are assembled, the next step is to make the frame. Begin the frame assembly by first cutting the top and bottom boards. Using your 1″ x 4″ boards, cut 2 pieces that measure 55 inches long (your plank boards measure 48 inches long + the two 1″ x 4″ boards that will be the side pieces of the frame are 3.5 inches wide each for a total of 55 inches needed across the top and bottom).
Step 8. Line up the 1″ x 4″ boards you just cut along the top and bottom of the planks. Measure the distance between the 1″ x 4″ boards on the left side to determine how long to cut your first side piece of the frame. This should measure approximately 28 1/2 inches but since things can get off a little in the assembly of the planks it’s best to measure so you can make the exact cut needed.
Step 9. After cutting the first side piece for the frame, place this side piece between the top and bottom boards. Once things are evenly lined up with the 3 pieces of the frame that you have now cut, measure the length needed for the final piece of the frame. This should also measure approximately 28 1/2 inches.
Step 10. Prime and paint your frame pieces. Painting the back side of the frame is optional, depending on your preference.
Step 11. Attach all 4 pieces of the frame on the backside using the mending braces. Use 2 braces on each piece of the frame. If there are any gaps between your frame pieces you can fill these with spackling and add another coat of paint or two once the spackling dries.
Step 12. Insert the wood planks assembly into the center of the frame. From the backside attach the wood planks to the frame by using the mending brackets to attach the tops and bottoms of the three 1/4″ x 1-1/2″ strips of wood to the frame (see picture of the backside of the frame above).
Step 13. Attach the single robe hook to the front of the frame. I used the 1/2 inch wood screws to attach the robe hook to be sure the screws that came with the robe hook didn’t poke through the back side. I hung the hook about 5 inches down from the top in the center of the frame.
That’s it, your DIY wood plank wreath frame is assembled!
I am loving the cotton boll wreath on it right now, but already can’t wait to hang a snow tipped wreath with pine cones this winter or a boxwood wreath in the spring.
If you have questions on any of the steps, let me know. I’d love to help!
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