Hi everyone! It’s been a while since my last post. What can I say…back from Europe, back to real life and back to the daily grind. It’s definitely much less fun than travelling and exploring different cultures; but being back home has also allowed me to venture into new art mediums and hobbies.
One of the things I’ve been experimenting is turning wood into pretty things. This all started with Instagram…
If you’re like me, you have tons of pictures on your Instagram account. For the longest time, my pictures could only be admired from a phone until I recently printed out my favourite ones for display.
But as I was in search of that perfect frame, I realized that it was going to be impossible to find something big enough to hold all my favourite memories – I’m not very good at picking favourites when there are so many favourites! The solution? A DIY custom frame with the help of my handy assistant, Marc. Because…pourquoi pas?
After a quick trip to Home Depot and $3 later (that’s right!), we got the wood materials we needed to make the frame.
This is what we made! Not bad for our first wood project!
I still have tons of photos that didn’t fit, but the great thing about this is that I can easily change the photos whenever I want. If you like this, keep reading to find out how we made it.
This project was very inexpensive because we had most of the materials around the house and you probably do as well. Below is the full list of supplies we used.
- Two wood sticks (1x2x8 feet) ~$1.5 each
- Finishing nails
- Wood stain
- Thumb tacks
- Mini clothes pins (you can find them at the dollar store or craft stores)
Making the Frame
The most time consuming part was actually the planning. I knew that I wanted something off the floor and big enough to hold at least 20 pictures. Given the wood length of 8 feet, a 3×5 feet frame was a perfect size and super easy to execute since it only required one cut on each piece of wood.
To connect each corner of the frame, Marc simply hammered in two nails at a diagonal angle. A staple gun and wood glue would work as well. Nails are probably not the prettiest option, but we wanted to use what we had on hand. Plus, no one checks the backside anyway!
Finding the Right Spacing
I arbitrarily placed the pictures to see how much vertical spacing I wanted in between photos (which are 10×10 inches). Remember that you’re marking where the twine sits while the photo will sit slightly lower. I used a 20 inch spacing in between and placed small marks at back of the frame for later.
Painting the Frame
You can pick whatever colour you prefer for the finishing. I wanted the frame to complement the decor of my reading room so I used a grey wood stain by Varathane. Simply apply with a lint-free cloth and let it dry for a few hours. I used two coats to achieve the look I wanted.
Adding the Twine
In my opinion, this is the part that will define the ‘feel’ of the frame. You can have a more relaxed look with loose twine, a more structured look with no slack in the twine or opt for an entirely different material like metal wires. I preferred a more uniform look (because I’m slightly OCD haha). To achieve this look, hammer the thumb tack half way into the wood using the marks made earlier. Then make a knot with your twine under the head of the thumb tack before hammering it all the way in. This will ensure that the twine is secured underneath the nail and won’t sag.
The Fun Part
Once this is all done, time to select your photos! Marc and I picked our top 28 and the hanging begun! These cute mini white clips from Michaels were perfect. They add some light accents without overwhelming the photos.
So here you go! Hope this inspired you to roll up your sleeves and display your beautiful Instagram memories.
Leave a comment and let me know if you would like to see more creative posts like this!
Thanks for reading et à la prochaine!