Crafty Home

How To: Instagram Photo Board


I spend countless hours loving all of the funny and charming photos of my nephews and nieces that are shared digitally. But when it comes to having some printed copies of those great photos I tend to be at a loss. I don’t print photos at home, and we rarely have prints made with an online printing service, so those photos aren’t shared throughout our home. Recently I decided that needed to change; I wanted a photo display solution that would allow me to swap out photos as new photos become available (kids grow fast, don’t they?!) so I could archive the older photos to enjoy later on.

I found that one of the large, ready-to-craft wooden boards found at Joann Fabric and Craft could make a great photo clip display board. Looking at close-to-home printing solutions, my local Walgreens offered quick photo pick-up as well as a variety of photo print sizes. If I took advantage of their Instagram square size, they’d fit perfectly on an 11 x 14″ wooden plaque. Here’s how I made mine.


  • Wooden craft board/plaque, 11 x 14″
  • Oversized craft clothespins
  • Cording
  • Craft paint and paintbrush
  • Screw eye hooks
  • Ruler and marker
  • Adhesive craft felt sheet
  • Scissors
  • Wood glue


Start out by painting your wooden plaque. If there are any rough spots, give the piece a quick sand. Let the paint dry completely. Make sure you’ve painted all sides and filled in any trim areas, too.


Along one horizontal side of your piece, measure in 2″ from each end and make a small dot with your marker.


At the marks you made on the top of your plaque, insert your screw eye hooks. I used my drill to start the hole, but don’t drill too much. You don’t want to accidentally crack the piece. Slowly twist the hooks into place. If the wood splinters at all, lightly sand it away and touch up with matching paint.


There are so many different types of clothespins available today to use with general crafting or paper crafting projects. I actually found these jumbo clips for Easter at Joann. I wanted black clips, so I decided to flip over the bunny side and use the plain side as the side I would see. Place your square images onto the front of your plaque and position them where you’d like them. Place your clip above the photos and make a small mark with your marker. Apply a thin layer of wood glue to the back of the clip and adhere to the wood. Apply pressure for several seconds before releasing your hand. Repeat for the other two clips.


Once your clips have dried on the front of the plaque, gently turn it over. With adhesive felt, cut four triangle pieces. Remove the paper backing and adhere to each corner of the plaque. This will help the plaque not bang on a door, if you choose to hang it there. Add your cord, knot, and clip your photos into place.

How-To: Faux Duct Tape Mosaic Flower Pot


This past weekend I gave my succulents some New Year’s TLC – checked on their pots, cleared away old leaves, etc. I also had a few new succulents left over from my Christmas centerpieces that I had purchased from Lowe’s. I felt so bad for these poor plants – they were tucked away on dark shelves and seemed like they were in desperate need of water. I put some of them into my Christmas plants and saved the others to plant in pots I had on hand.


For one of the succulents I decided to give a plain 4″ terra cotta pot a quick makeover. Metallic duct tape, from Duck Brand, was one of my favorite New Year’s Eve crafting mediums not too long ago, so I used a Ducklings mini roll to make a faux mosaic-covered pot.

How-To: Fall Harvest Vase Wraps


It’s officially fall in Michigan and I’m trying to enjoy every second of this always-short season here in the Mitten State for as long as I can. There’s lots of plaids to wear, warm tea to sip and beautiful plant colors to gaze upon.

If you’re in the mood for more harvest hues in your home, you can add a simple canvas-denim-shirting wrap to any plain vase for a quick fall upgrade. This wrap is easy to sew; add it to your own vase for a harvest centerpiece or use it wrap around a bunch of flowers at the end of a dinner party to send home with guests. (more…)

We All Scream for Uber Ice Cream


It’s a bit of a joke that our local ice cream truck has a slightly creepy vibe to it. The people who run it are wonderful, but the ice cream mix tape they play has definitely worn out and ranks high on the “oh my…” creepy scale. Luckily Uber Detroit was here to save the day last Friday with ice cream on demand.


As part of the celebration of National Ice Cream Day, Uber had on-demand ice cream available in markets across the country. Luckily Detroit was one of them and even luckier Royal Oak was on the list for local delivery. I waited and waited and waited hoping that the ice cream delivery would be available in Royal Oak. It took a while as the service was super popular, but eventually a shiny red car pulled up in our driveway with a cooler full of delicious Treat Dreams ice cream.

Not much of a crafty update, but an awesome update nonetheless.

Canvas Table Runners Three Ways

A few of the Handmade Detroit gals got together last week to each make our own canvas table runner as part of Meijer’s National Craft Month project. (As you may remember I took part in the challenge on my own, too, making St. Patrick’s Day beer bottle gift tags.) You can check out our Handmade Detroit blog to see what we did and how we were inspired. As an added bonus, if you’re looking to do some crafting in honor of this month’s crafty holiday, we’ve got a Meijer deal for you! Use the mPerks digital coupon code “c4tb8d” to receive 20% off your craft purchase now through April 1.

Clothespin Card Wreath

Martha Stewart's Clothespin Wreath

During after-Christmas sales at Crate and Barrel, I spotted this ornament chandelier hanging behind their cash registers. I was immediately intrigued – just think of all the greeting cards you could hang from it! But upon closer inspection, the all-metal chandelier looked flimsy and not all that well put together. I passed on the chandelier, but kept my eyes open for another solution.

Over at Target I saw a wreath, similar to this one, that was advertised as a card display wreath. But this one was worse than the Crate and Barrel option. It was barely painted and seemed like a major waste of $10. It was officially time to consult the Internet for a solution.

It’s not surprising that the project I went with was from Martha Stewart. It’s pretty simple – the inner hoop from an embroidery hoop is paired with wooden clothespins. Her crafters kept it natural, but I decided to give mine a coat of paint and add these canvas and red miniature clothespins from Paper Source. Alternating the clothespin openings allows you to get the maximum amount of display space in this easy-to-make wreath. The instructions said to use wood glue, but as I didn’t have any and wasn’t in the mood to leave my craft room, I used a strong epoxy I had. I also used a smaller ribbon for hanging, this daffodil stitched grosgrain from Stampin’ Up, instead of a fluffier satin ribbon.

Martha Stewart's Clothespin Wreath

I love how the wreath turned out. From start to finish it didn’t take all that long to make and was definitely inexpensive when it came to gathering supplies; I’d say the assembly time was stretched out for an hour or so due to drying time for the paint, glue, etc. If you wanted, you could make holiday-themed wreaths to display that season’s cards, too.

My wreath is hanging on my craft room door. Now I just need some more mail to add to it!