How To Make A Frame Barn Quilt?

By Harry RamosLast update: 2024-04-07

One of the worthiest-trying DIY projects to decorate your home is making a frame barn quilt.

Don’t worry, it isn’t as hard as it seems, especially once you follow our guide. We’ve jotted down all the ingredients you should prepare, things to take note of, and steps to follow.

Now, let’s get started!

How To Make A Frame Barn Quilt?

How To Make A Frame Barn Quilt

What You Will Need

Here is everything you should prepare before making a frame barn quilt:

  • Staples
  • Pneumatic staple gun
  • Wood stain
  • Pattern template
  • Wood putty
  • Two 1’ x 3’ x 8’ sheet of plywood for the mat
  • Two 1’ x 4’ x 8’ sheet of plywood for the frame
  • One 4’ x 8’ x ¾” sheet of plywood
  • Picture hanging wire
  • D-rings
  • Circular saw
  • Painter’s tape
  • A roller, paint brushes, and paint
  • Straight edge and measuring tape
  • Exterior-grade screws
  • Drill

You can buy sheets of plywood online or at HomeDepot. You can change the size of these sheets depending on your space. The sheet sizes listed in this article is for a 42” x 42” frame barn quilt.

Note that barn art is traditionally square, ranging anywhere from 4 to 12 inches square.


Step 1: Choose your favorite barn quilt template and download it

How To Make A Frame Barn Quilt?

Step 2: Cut the 4’ x 8’ sheet of plywood into a 42” x 42” piece. Use a mitre saw or a circular saw to cut the 1’ x 3’ matte to the canvas length with 45-degree mitered corners. Remember to test fit by laying it on the canvas.

How To Make A Frame Barn Quilt?

Step 3: Add a base coat to the plywood sheet to keep the paint from absorbing. It’s best to use a mixture of primer-and-paint-in-one products.

How To Make A Frame Barn Quilt?

Step 4: Mark out your design on the plywood sheet after the coating is dried out completely. Also, note down the paint color for each section to avoid mistakes. Leave a 2.5” border on all sides for the 1’ x 3’ plywood sheet.

Step 5: Mark off the sections for the lightest color with painter’s tape. Start painting from the lightest colors to the darkest.

How To Make A Frame Barn Quilt?

After finished and before the paint is completely dried out, peel off the painter’s tape. To peel them more easily, lift up the tape at an angle of 45 degrees and start peeling.

Step 6: Wait for the paint to dry out 100% before starting to paint the next color. Repeat the process until you’ve done with the last color.

Step 7: Use a pneumatic staple gun to staple the 4 boards of plywood together, then starting painting as planned.

How To Make A Frame Barn Quilt?
Paste wood glue to the matte’s back before laying it on the top of your barn quilt art. Assemble the matte onto the canvas.

Step 8: Fit the frame outside the matter and assemble it to the canvas’ and matte’s edge. Cut the end of 4 frame boards to the length of 42-3/4”, using a miter cut.

Remember to test fit and paint as planned before laying the frame around the canvas and attaching them together with screws.

Step 9: Install two D-rings on the back of the frame barn quilt. Use a wire to run through and wrap around these D-rings, then hang them on the wall.

How To Make A Frame Barn Quilt?

Some Tips And Tricks For Beginners

When painting your barn quilt

To prevent the plywood from water and warping, apply a couple of paint coats on both sides, the whole board, and especially the backside. But beforehand, it is necessary to seal the edges of plywood with latex painter’s caulk.

For small frame barn quilts

To add rigidity and stability to your barn quilt, attach a frame to its backside.

How To Make A Frame Barn Quilt?

Apply caulk to the end grain on the frame, the plywood edges, and the joints between the plywood and the boards for waterproofing.

For large frame barn quilts

It’d be easier to use two full sheets of plywood, then connect them together by the frame. But if using this method, water is prone to enter your barn art. A trick to avoid such that issue is to caulk the seam between the two halves when connecting them together.

Instead of caulking them from the outside, run a caulk bead down the plywood edge, between the two halves, then wipe off the residue.

You can fill the holes with wood putty, wait for it to dry out completely, then sand the surface smoothly.

What To Consider When Choosing Materials For Making Frame Barn Quilt


You can use any plywood type for making a frame barn quilt but the best one is signboard since it has a smooth surface.

How To Make A Frame Barn Quilt?

If this type is hard to find in your area, MDF or sanded softwood plywood is a great alternative.

How To Make A Frame Barn Quilt?

It should be no thicker than ½”. The larger the frame barn quilt that you intend to make, the thinner the material should be.


Don’t go for high-gloss paints because they will reflect sunlight, which makes it hard to enjoy the art, especially if put outsides. Moreover, this type of paint attracts dirt a lot and it gets dull faster over time.

How To Make A Frame Barn Quilt?

Instead, go for satin, eggshell, or full sheen paints. They eliminate these annoying problems pretty well.


DIY a frame barn quilt isn’t a really difficult project as it seems. It is a fun activity to try with other members or friends on the weekend. Make it a cute and joyful memory of you! Hopefully, this article is helpful in guiding you on how to make a frame barn quilt at home. Thanks for reading!

I’m Harry Ramos, who's crazy about all things green. I’m here to share some experience in my gardening adventure and how to choose the best products for your garden. Let's dig in, get our hands dirty, and celebrate the simple, earthy pleasures of the garden together!

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