I’m terrible about taking photos. Not instagram photos but like candid shots while out with friends or dinner with Jordon. We’ve been together over 5 years and we have very few photos together from the past few years. It’s so sad!
I’m making it a point to take more photos so we can look back on them years to come and remember all the great memories.
Along with taking more photos, I want to hang more personal photos in our home as happy momentos. Right now we have a few frames with my sister’s wedding pictures but that’s about it.With one niece and another on the way, we get regular photos of the littles and I’d like somewhere to hang them but we just don’t have the wall space.
I made this cute DIY photo display after seeing Shanty 2 Chic post about it. It holds tons of photos without all the frames and makes swapping out photos super easy.
When I print photos I order them online through Shutterfly because they’re super affordable and convenient. Right now they have free unlimited 4×6 and 4×4 photos when downloading the app (available on iPhone, iPad and Android) for a limited time only which is amazing and a perfect opportunity to print those holiday pics. They even have cool editing filters and you can upload straight from your phone, Facebook, or Instagram. Definitely worth checking out!
Here’s how I made the photo display, but you can make it any size you want if mine is a little large.
- 2 – 1 x 1 x 94″ pine wood boards, Home Depot $3
- staple gun
- wood glue
- kreg jig, optional
Take your 2 boards and cut them into 2 sizes: 27″ and 68″. I used pine wood because it’s super cheap, but it’s not the most durable. Since this is a frame that won’t get much wear and tear it’s was fine, but you do need to be a little careful not to split the wood.
Once you have your 4 boards, it’s time to connect them to form the frame. I got Jordon a kreg jig for Christmas so we tried it out for this project. If you do not have a kreg jig you can still make it, you will just need to glue the boards together, clamping them in place until dry.
We used the kreg jig to make 4 holes, 1 on each end of the 2 27″ boards. Then we drilled a screw into the holes we just made connecting the larger boards to the smaller. This is where you need to be careful because the pine easily splits if you aren’t careful when drilling. After we connected all 4 boards I added a drop of glue on each joint to give it extra strength.
An up close of the kreg jig in action (and the 1950s flooring we have yet to replace). It looks super complicated but it’s actually fairly simple and so genius for making joints.
I stained the wood using a greyish Varathane Sunbleached color to give it a weathered look, but you can use whatever you like.
Now’s the fun part! Take your twine and tie a knot on the end and staple it down so it can’t pull through. Then randomly staple the twine from side to side. I just eyeballed it with no rhyme or reason.
Get some cute clips, add your free photos, and you’re done! The cute heart clothespins are from the Target dollar section, but Hobby Lobby sells some mini clothespins too.
I love its rustic look and that it holds so many photos. You can customize the size to fit a certain space or even use an old frame you have on hand, remove the glass, and add the twine for an even easier DIY.
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