DIY Shiplap Frame (and Free Printable for Fall!)

I love that September hit and it instantly cooled down to temps in the 60s and 70s here in Chicago!  I seriously cannot. get. enough!  This is my favorite time of year hands down, and I’m always eager to get out the pumpkins, plaid blankets, spiced coffee, and scarves!  I was excited to come up with a cute fall phrase and a frame to give my home some new fall decor.  I asked my brother (who also happens to be a graphic designer) to whip up some pumpkins and gourds for me, so I could make my print extra festive!

After I told him the phrase that I came up with, here’s what he sent back to me.

So cute, right?!  I loved the water color vibe, and wanted to keep the frame light and casual.  Since I have major home decor commitment issues and can’t bring myself to shiplap a wall in my house yet, I decided to make a shiplap frame.  Much less permanent, but just as cute! 😉

I remembered from my DIY Crawl Space Barn Door project that Home Depot had these inexpensive poplar boards in all different sizes.  I bought a few 1/4″ x 3″ x 3′ and had a Home Depot employee cut them into thirds for me, making each of my boards 12″ in length.

I grabbed my wood glue and a foam brush.

I started by brushing the wood glue on the 1/4″ side of the board.

I glued the wood together to resemble shiplap.

I ended up making my frame six boards tall, to give a good size border around my print.

Once I had my boards glued together horizontally, I took two additional boards and glued them to the back of my frame going vertically, to keep it extra sturdy.

I let the glue dry, and flipped it back over to the front.

Side note: I made sure to wipe the extra glue off the front before it dried to keep it looking clean


I had leftover white chalk paint from my Kids Table Makeover, so I used that to paint the frame.

I only did one coat of paint to make it look like more of a “white wash” instead of a solid white.

I attached the print to the the boards by wrapping twine around the corners of the frame.  I also secured the print on the frame by adding a couple small pieces of masking tape on the back of the print.

Be sure to click below to print your Free Fall Printable!


Isn’t it a great addition to my fall mantel?!  I love the texture the frame adds to the space!

In case you missed it earlier in the post, you can CLICK HERE to print your own “Pumpkin Spice and Cozy Nights” Free Fall Printable!

I hope you all have a wonderful Fall, full of pumpkin spice and cozy nights! XO

8 thoughts on “DIY Shiplap Frame (and Free Printable for Fall!)

  1. Kathleen Rupp says:

    I love that frame! That is adorable….and would be great to switch out the printables for the season. Thanks so much for the instructions. Found your feature from Remodelaholic:) Love your site, first time here:)

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