How to Make an Item Frame in Minecraft

Whether you want to have a feast at the Round Table or you just want to put up your prized possessions, like the Elytra, you’ll need to have an Item Frame. These have been in Minecraft for more than a decade, but many new players don’t know how easy it is to craft one. So, let’s take a look at how to make an Item Frame in Minecraft.

Where Can You Find an Item Frame in Minecraft

Finding an Item Frame

Originally, you could only craft Item Frames, but after several years of that being the case, two ways to obtain these were added. Namely, these are getting one from an End Ship and trading with a Cartographer for one.

End Ships will always spawn with an Item Frame, which will be holding the coveted Elytra. So, as long as you locate one, you can get yourself a sweet, sweet Item Frame (and an even sweeter Elytra).

To obtain one from trading, you’ll have to trade long enough with a Cartographer so that they become a Master. I have to say that this isn’t worth it at all since it’ll take a lot of time time to get the Cartographer to level up, and they’ll charge you a whopping 7 emeralds for the trade. So, it’s better to just craft one.

How to Craft an Item Frame in Minecraft

Item Frame Crafting Recipe

To craft an Item Frame, you’ll need some very simple materials, as you can see in the recipe above. In fact, all the recipe requires is the following:

  • 8 Sticks
  • 1 Leather

Getting the sticks is very easy, as you’ll essentially just need 1 piece of Wood to make them, and leather can be easily obtained by killing a cow.

How to Use an Item Frame in Minecraft

Now that you’ve crafted your very own Item Frame, it’s time to actually use it. The primary use of an Item Frame is to… well, frame items. What I also like to do is treat one as a plate, creating a sort of dining table for an entire server.

A great feature of these is that you can rotate the item you’re framing. There are 8 different orientations an item can take, so feel free to be creative with it.

You can also create a Glow Item Frame by combining one with a Glow Ink Sac. While this doesn’t emit any light, it’ll always keep your item shining. For example, I like to frame a clock inside a Glow Item Frame in every base I build, just so I know what time it is at all times.


And that’s how simple it is to make an Item Frame in Minecraft. While it’s certainly not an essential thing to have, it does make your base look cooler, especially if you frame your spoils from all the raiding you do. What’s the rarest or most valuable item you like to frame in Minecraft? Let us know over on the Minecraft Forum!