DIY Peg Board

I am always on the search for a big, chunky picture frame but they are dang hard to find because everyone else in the world is looking for them too. Even the thrift stores have caught on to this little gem stone, they charge an arm and a leg whenever any come in. So, years ago I started making my own out of wide crown moulding and it works like a charm; plus, it costs a fraction of the cost. Total score!

Normally I use the frames showcasing pictures and artwork, but I wanted to make one and turn it into a peg board to use above my desk to help keep it organized in a beautiful way. The great thing about using crown moulding, or even decorative baseboards for that matter (I’ve used both,) is that they come in a variety of different widths and designs. Also, they are already primed and ready to go, all you have to do is cut, glue, paint, and hand. My daughter was wanting one for her room as well but she wanted hers made from barn wood. So, I’m going to show you the difference between the two as I go through the process.


  • Miter saw
  • Glue gun
  • Screw driver


  • Roll of cork
  • Crown moulding
  • Hardboard
  • Wood glue
  • Ratchet tie down
  • 2 Flat corner braces
  • Contact cement
  • Hanging brackets
  • Spray paint


Start by deciding how big you want your frame to be. Always measure from the inner portion of the frame instead of the outside measurement.

Cut your pieces out on a 45 degree angle on the miter saw.

Then glue each angle together.


Use the ratchet tie down around your frame to hold it together as the glue dries. I usually let it dry overnight.

Once set, paint the frame with spray paint to the color of your choosing. I decided to go with a metallic brass finish.

Cut out your cork board so there is a little overlap around the inside part of the frame and cut a piece of 1/8” thick hardboard to the same size as the cork. Use contact cement to glue them together and let it dry.

 Now you can hot glue it into place on the back of your frame, attach your brackets and hang on the wall. Done! Wasn't that super easy?

You can use this frame technique to display art, mirror, cork, chalkboards, etc. Just have fun and let your creativity flow! Don’t forget to take photos and post it on the brag board so I can see your beautiful creations!


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