Friday, January 20, 2012

pin'spiration: phabulous photo phrame

I've been holding on to this gaudy 3'x2'7" wood and plaster frame for ages now, convinced it would one day emerge from the thrifting mud a beautiful crafty lotus. Last week, when I received my Instagram prints from PostalPix, an idea struck me. An idea so grand, I hopped right on it. Those must-make-it-now projects are so few and so fleeting that on the same day I gushed about my gorgeous 4x4's, I made a b-line to Home Depot and Joann's for the needed supplies.


And here we have a new contender for my most favorite thing in the house.


Huzzah for having some family pictures on the wall! My pin'spiration came from seeing this Instagram display and this photo frame clothesline display. Add a can of Krylon and we've got some magic.


A mega bonus to this clothesline frame is how easy the pictures are to change out. In the spirit of Valentine's day, I added some vintage flash cards with a holiday vibe to them. They just happened to be the same size as the prints which worked out like a dream. The thought of changing out the pictures and flashcards with the coordinating seasons and holidays makes me giddy.



Now for the nitty gritty DIY deets.


For the clotheslines, I wanted to make them rather hidden and not glaringly obvious so that the photos were more of the focus. I contemplated yarn or fishing wire, but thought both would look tacky and cheap. Instead I went with 28 gauge Darice brand silver wire I found in the jewelry section at Joann's. I think it looks smashing. I had thought about painting the wire as well but again, I didn't want them to be obvious and I imagined the paint would start to come of the wire over time because of the clothespins.

My frame lacked any way to hang it on a nail so I picked up two ring hooks that I screwed into the frame back. I went with one in each upper corner and I just made sure to level the nails on the wall. With two ring hooks as opposed to one, I never have to worry about the frame not being level once I hang it.

To hang the frame on the wood paneling, I went with two 20 lbs. Ook hooks. This frame is maybe 10 lbs. if not less but I like to overestimate with these hangers just in case. These are by far my favorite nails for both paneling and plaster. I've yet to have an issue!



For my mini matching clothespins (also bought at Joann's - found in the wood items section), I put all the pins on a piece of cardboard and just spray painted them along with the frame, allowing one side to dry before I flipped and painted the other.


Juni thought these were just too cute and she politely asked if she could have some to keep for her toys.


Thank goodness I birthed a child who loves to get in on the DIY action. She took to "helping" me measure. Girl knows how to earn her keep 'round here.


To attach the clotheslines to the frame, I put in a screw on the right and left side on the backside of the frame to wrap each end of the line around.


To figure out where to place each line, I first measured the inside portion of the frame: 23" from top to bottom. I then measured an inch down and place my first two screws. I then placed a screw every 5.5" after that for a total of 4 lines.



I wrapped the wire tightly around one screw, pulled it taught to the adjacent screw, wrapped that end, then cut. Super simple.The inside of the frame measures 29" across so that was room for 6 nicely spaced 4x4 prints per line.

And that, kids, is how you turn a frumpy thrift store frame into a plucky picture display!

Update (3/28/14):

Two years later and this lovely is still up in the same place! Throughout the years, its purpose has shifted and at any given time, it's holding a variety of goodies. During Christmas and Valentine's, it tends to be covered in cards. I loved how piled up it got this past holiday season. In December, we have two major holidays plus our anniversary and the kiddo's birthday. So the cards flood in and we love having a place to put them all.




As of today, it has been home to our artist study prints. In our homeschooling, we focus a lot of art appreciation and artist exposure. Displaying the prints in our living room has been a great way to familiarize ourselves with works by the artist of the month.




I hope everyone is loving and using their frame as much as we are :)

95 comments:

  1. You are so full of crafty greatness! I wish I could find awesome frames like that. I do have an old window tucked in my storage that has been just waiting for the perfect make-over...and wheels are turning... :)

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    1. Old windows are rife for DIY awesome. I can't wait to see what your creative self comes up with!

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    2. I like the thought of using an old window! Very cool!

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  2. How stinkin' cute!! Love this idea! I'm expecting my first order from postal pix any day now. So excited! Only wish was that I had gone ahead and ordered more.

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    1. Our Beaten Path, I guarantee you will definitely be ordering more! Postal Pix are so affordable and fun. We've been ordering about 30 every month and switching them out ever so often has been a fun activity for the family to do :)

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  3. FANTASTIC! Can't wait to make this for my dorm room!
    Question, though. I've read through it over and over again but I haven't spotted directions of how you connected your clothes pins to the wires?
    Thank you =]

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    1. First Comes, the cloths pins are actual open-close cloths pins so I just attached them like you would any cloths pin. Have fun - this will look so cute in a dorm room and add tons of personality!

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  4. Love the frame!!!
    I also love the question above. :) a good laugh is good for the soul.

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  5. -____- oi vey... i thought the wires were vertical...man oh man. im sorry haha i get it now xD

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  6. How do you keep the picture from rolling up or curling at the corners?

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    1. Over time, the pictures do start to curl slightly. But when they aren't on the frame, I keep them in a photo album with pages that fit 9 prints. After sitting in the album, the pictures flatten out in a few days and can be swapped out again.

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  7. hello! found you off pinterest and am making this baby!. i'm originally from thomasville, so i feel like i found a 'neighbor'!

    this is great, thanks!

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    1. Ivey, I'm glad to hear my picture is being credited on Pinterest! I've noticed dozens of people pinning it with no credit :/ I'm glad to have inspired you though and howdy neighbor! We drive up to Thomasville every so often to visit the sweet shops and my daughter's pediatric dentist :)

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  8. I posted about this tutorial yesterday and linked to your site!

    http://missdiymonster.blogspot.com/2012/05/pinspiration.html

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    1. Thanks for the shout out :) Please share a picture if you get around to making one!

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  9. I painted my frame yesterday and I'm getting ready to do the wires. Love it! Thanks for the idea!

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    1. Yay!! Please share a picture, Lacy Lou :) I'd love to see!

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  10. I am going to make this this week!
    Thanks for sharing x

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  11. I have seen a lot of frame uses, this way .. but this is my favorite one ! thanks for sharing ! Danielle - craftplaylove.com

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    1. You're so sweet, Danielle! I was inspired by similar projects and was thrilled to find a use for this old frame I just couldn't let go of.

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  12. This is great - I have something similar and I used chicken wire inside frame and display my kiddo's art work. cute.

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    1. I've seen those frames with chicken wire. So clever!

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  13. Looks fantastic. will need to try out soon!

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  14. What color spray paint and brand did you use? I love it!

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    1. Thank you! The paint is Rust-oleum Painter's Tough Ultra Cover 2x in Satin Aqua.

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  15. This is soooo cute. I made one of these a year or so ago, but I like yours so much better! Time to re-do mine. Thanks for the detailed tutorial and info on where you got your pictures printed. The uniformity is party of what makes it so awesome!!

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    1. Thanks so much! I am so in love with Postal Pix :)

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  16. I bought my frame yesterday and I can't wait to make this!!

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  17. Hi I don't have an old frame. Where can I get an inexpensive one to paint? Also what kind of paint dido you use and how many coats? Beautiful!!!! Thanks!

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    1. I tried Goodwill- ended up getting two huge frames (with art work in them that i had to remove) for 5.00! Others were more money, but they were all a much better deal than buying a big frame at a craft store or store!

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    2. Yes, Goodwill! Go in to any one and you should find something :) I used 2 coats of Rust-oleum Painter's Tough Ultra Cover 2x in Satin Aqua.

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  18. LOVE this idea! You totally inspired me to make one myself. All my friends are jealous. Totally sharing you link with all of them :)

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    1. Awesome!! Please share your frame, I'd love to see it :)

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  19. So cute, hope you don't mind that I pinned it!

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    1. Don't mind at all. Yay for recycling crafts ;)

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  20. I made two of these for my dorm room and they look great. Any ideas of how I would hang it since I can't nail into the wall? I was thinking of using ribbon to hang on a command hook but I think it might look a bit tacky and detract from the rest of it. What do you think?

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    1. I'd put hangers on the back of the frame an just use Command Hooks! Oh man, how I wish those 3M products were around when I lived in a cinder block dorm room, ha!

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  21. I'm having a pinterest party this weekend and I'm making this one for my bedroom! How do you fasten the mini clothespins to the wire?

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    1. Yes, how did you attach the mini clothespins to the wire?

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    2. They are real working clothes pins that just pinch on :)

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  22. I'm totally doing this! Thrift-store here I come!

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  23. I made mine yesterday!! Thank you do much for the inspiration and instructions!

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  24. Hello :) Just wanted to let you know you have totally inspired me to make my own one of these photo displayers!! .. I too, have a blog and would love for you to stop over, www.jhousetawk.blogspot.com.. When and if I do post my version I will post a link to your site :) If you don't mind.. Thanks again, Jordann @ jhousetawk.blogspot.com

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    1. Can't wait to see it! And no, I don't mind :)

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  25. Love the project, found you via LWP Wall Art Wednesday! Would you share your source for the print displayed with your project? If feels good to get stuff done speaks to me... ca_scapper at yahoo dot com

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    1. That print was actually a "Thank You" card I received from the seller of this print (https://www.etsy.com/transaction/66735008). I liked it so much I had to frame it :) Both prints are now b'loved pieces on our walls!

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  26. Making this bad boy right now :-) Except, my frame is being made out of left over (gorgeous) crown molding that I just used to frame our bathroom mirror. Thank you for the awesome idea! You rock!

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    1. Huzzah for using what you already have :) I bet it looks smashing!

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  27. Ok. I think this would be perfect for all those super cute intagram pictures I have. Might have to try this out. Thanks for sharing and I'll be putting it up to share on my FB today.

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    1. This is my favorite way to display them!

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  28. Wondering how you printed out the pictures? I love the border around them and also how they look "instagramish" . Would love for mine to look like that!

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    1. Just kidding. I actually read all the other comments and figured it out! Loved this idea! Thanks for sharing! :)

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    2. Glad you figured it out :) I love PostalPix!

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  29. I was looking for a tutorial on how to do this! Love it! Thank you!

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  30. This is fantastic, I am just going out to buy the stuff now. I have been wanting to make it for a while. I see you have wire running horizontal for the clothespins, and vertical. What are the vertical wires for? And how did you space them?

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    1. I never realized that those look like vertical wires! I actually only have horizontal wires in the frame. What appear to be vertical wires are the grooves in the wood paneling on the wall. So, no vertical wires :)

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  31. I just found your blog on Pinterest and I'm in love with all your crafty ideas! Love how you can transform something old to something so chic!

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    1. You are so kind! Thank you :) I love giving new life to old things.

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  32. I bought myself a cute furniture piece for an Xmas gift a few years back;a "butlers table" with a framed glass top that came off like a tray. I loved it but boy was I living in the wrong house!! One day the inevitable happened and the glass shattered. I kept the table but the ornate top was kind of worthless. I kept it as it did run me a few bucks and always thought, "this would make a good frame". I am not a crafty person but am now addicted to Pinterest and grabbing finds at theft stores and side of the road. What a GREAT idea!!! I am so glad to have found you as I think even I might be able to do this :-) Thank you for sharing!

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  33. That's a great idea!! I am looking for some DIY for a art wall and this is perfect!! Thanks!

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  34. The minpins are sheer genius! I love this idea as I am an empptynester/soon to be fully retiree and have old computer paper boxes filled with picures that never hit the big time album statis.

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  35. So there is no backing/ mat behind the wires and pics? Cool! I kept looking through the directions trying to figure it out. I love this and esp the color! I have this color in my bedroom, awesome idea!

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  36. This is so cool!!! My Christmas goal is to make as many homemade gifts as I can and this is my first project! I also have to make one for my living room as well! :) I pinned it but am new to pinterest and am not sure how to give you the credit for this fabulous find. I had an idea to simplify it though: glue the clothespins to the back of the picture frame with wood glue so you don't have to measure (I hate measuring lol). Thanks for the great idea!

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    1. That could work with the wood glue! I personally would still measure :) Best of luck!

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  38. I think I will try this. Thank for sharing.

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    1. Of course! Have fun with the project :)

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  40. I found this last year on Pinterest and FINALLY Found a frame worthy of this project!! can't wait to finally have a place to hang pictures of my son in a neat and fun way! thanks for posting!

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    1. Finding the perfect frame is key ;) I hope you enjoy the end product!

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  41. I'm in the process of making this and wanted to share that you can order 4x4 pictures printed on cardstock (with white borders even) from shutterfly.com - hoping this takes care of the issue with pics curling!

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    1. Oops - snapfish.com, not shutterfly...

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    2. Thanks for the suggestion! Could you share a picture of what they look like? Now I'm curious :)

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  42. I think I will make one of these to display many pictures I have hidden in storage! I can change them occasionally ! That will be one one to share with everyone without sitting down for a whole day to go though old pictures!!

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    1. That is my favorite part of this frame! Being able to view so many photos at once :) For the holidays, we used it to display all of the cards we received and it was so fun to see it fill up!

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  43. I have 2 frames like this that I bought in a garage sale several months ago! I'm totally doing this.......your so creative. Question: are there several colors in the spray paint? Was the turquoise a spray paint as well? I really like the idea of card stock on the back of the pics as well. :-) yea I can't wait.

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    1. Huzzah for garage sale finds! The blue was indeed a spray paint and there were plenty of fun colors to pick from :) Have fun!

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  44. This is completely genius. Walgreens will print instagram photos, but they curl. I'll try gluing them to cardstock or getting them printed at Snapfish. I'm so glad I found your blog! I live in Tallahassee, too.

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    1. A fellow Tallahassee-ian! Hello! I've thought about getting Instagram pics printed locally for our flat photo book, where curling wouldn't be a concern. I'm glad to know they can do it!

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  45. Did painting the pins help them to slide apart less? Got the small wood ones at Joann's, but, as some Amazon reviewers noted, they can come apart quite easily when you pinch if you don't do it just right. Hoping spray paint may help bind the wood and metal together and create less sliding. Wondered what your experience had been with the painted version.

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