Cut basswood to the following lengths with miter box:4 pieces 2 inches longer than exterior length of frame (1, 2, 5, 6)2 pieces to fit the width between 1 and 2 (7, 8)2 pieces 5 inches longer than exterior width of frame (3, 4) \8 pieces 1 inch long (see shading)
Using a flat brush, glue pieces to the frame and one another according to the numbered diagram, sanding ends of wood as necessary for a good fit. Attach 1-inch pieces last.
After glue has dried, use another brush to apply 1 coat of primer, let dry, and then apply 2 coats of paint
1/2-by-1/2-inch basswood, in various sizes, davinciartistsupply.com
Miter box, acehardware.com
Wooden frame, 8 by 10 inches or larger
Sandpaper, fine grit
Tacky glue, such as Aleene's
Primer and paint, in Blue Suede, by Martha Stewart Living Paint, from Home Depot and in Mulholland Yellow, benjaminmoore.com
Mini Moldings, 1/4 by 9/16 inches, by Artistic Woodworking, from acmoore.com
Embellish store-bought frames with strips of wood. Hang them together gallery-style to link a trio of pictures. The simple black-and-white photographs pop against a bold paint color.
After cutting all wooden pieces, glue them to the frame following the order of the numbered diagram.