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
- Craft paint and paintbrush
- Screw eye hooks
- Ruler and marker
- Adhesive craft felt sheet
- 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.