While I was waiting for the paint to dry on our little desk, I wanted to think of a birthday present for my friend Alyssa.

Her husband Tim was throwing her a surprise 30th birthday party, and I wanted to make her something unique. (Don’t worry, the party was on the 11th, so I’m not ruining the surprise.)

Anyway, Alyssa has such a strong faith and love of family, that I thought she might enjoy a handmade picture frame with a picture of her two boys.

I had just enough leftover wood from making the frame around the bathroom mirror to make a picture frame.

First, I needed a picture of the boys. Every Christmas I take a picture of them by this Santa who stands by our front door. It’s fun to see how much they change from year to year.

Plus last summer when Wade and I went to Atlanta for the blogging conference, I got this jig kit from Kreg. I have been wanting to try my hand at using it and figured I would start small with a picture frame.

I wanted to paint the frame white so, I changed the current photo from colored to black and white using the handy-dandy PicMonkey editing tool.

I printed the picture itself to be 3 ½ x 4 ¼ inch. With that dimension, I wanted a one inch border around the picture. That makes the inside of the frame 4 ½ x 5 ¼ inches.

Now that all of the dimensions were calculated, it was time for cutting.

Using “measure twice cut once” as a rule of thumb, I cut the four sides of the frame using my miter saw with the laser beam.

From here, I set up the jig to drill the holes for the screws which hold everything together.

The tricky part about this was the set up. But fortunately Wade was home to help me read all of the directions and attach it correctly.  Truth be told, it wasn’t that tricky, it just took some patience, something I am always short on.

Using my drill with a bit that is supplied in the kit, a quick back and forth motion created the spot where the screw is inserted to attach the two pieces.

I wish I could tell you that this frame turned out A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.!!

But yeah, no, it wasn’t perfect. In fact it wasn’t even close enough.

However, it does look really cute in my barn red cabinet.

Round two will be better suited for a birthday gift.  🙂

~Wendy