Wood vs Metal – Which Is Best for a DIY Photo Frame

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When it comes to DIY photo frames, there are two main materials you can choose from – wood or metal. So, which is the better option?

There are pros and cons to both materials, and a lot depends on both personal preference as well as what type of setting the photo frame is going in. 

Let’s take an in-depth look at both.

Wood for DIY Photo Frames

Let’s start with wood. Wood is a classic material for picture frames, and it has a certain natural charm that metal simply can’t match. It’s also relatively easy to work with, so you can create some truly unique frames if you’re feeling creative.

If you have a small independent sawmill nearby you might even be able to get some nice scraps for free or next to free just for picking it up and hauling it away. Different woods can also create very different looks making it a versatile choice.

On the downside, wood is susceptible to damage from humidity and light, so it’s not the best option if you want your frame to last for years. And if you’re not careful, it can be quite easy to accidentally damage a wood frame when you’re trying to put it together.

Pros of using wood for DIY photo frames: 

– Classic look

– Natural charm

– Relatively easy to work with

– Versatile

Cons of wood for DIY photo frames: 

– Can be expensive for really nice wood

– More susceptible to damage from humidity and/or light

– Accidental damage is a bigger worry

Metal for DIY Photo Frames

Metal, on the other hand, is much more durable and resistant to damage. It’s also generally easier to work with than wood, as long as you are going for something basic or already pre-fabricated, so you won’t have to worry about making any mistakes.

The downside of metal is that it can be quite expensive, and it doesn’t have the same natural charm as wood. It’s more sterile, though it does fit in with modern offices or modern settings better. Also, if you don’t want anything basic and want to get creative, working to fit, shape, and mold metal can require more tools and special training.

But if you want a frame that will last for years, metal is definitely the way to go.

Pros of using metal for DIY photo frames: 

– More durable than wood, likely to last a very long time

– Easy to get pre-fabricated kits

– Resistant to damage

– Can be easier to work with for very basic designs or finding “fit together” DIY kits

Cons of using metal for DIY photo frames: 

– Lacks the classic natural charm of wood

– Aesthetic can seem “cold”

– Can be expensive 

– Less versatile than wood without additional tools and/or skills

So What’s the Verdict?

So, which is the better option – wood or metal? Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference. If you want a classic, natural look, wood is the way to go. But if you want a durable, long-lasting frame, metal is the better choice.

Personally I generally prefer wood due to the look and versatility. The fact cedar, walnut, and mahogany call all look so different, and you can use different stains or polish to further change or enhance the look the way you want, is just an incredible combination in my eyes.

Not everyone will agree. Metal has a lot going for it. The material lasts forever, there are many DIY kits that make it easy, and for a modern office or a cubicle it will fit in much better with the overall aesthetic.

Both are worth exploring for the first time DIY crafter to see which he/she likes best.

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