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Easy DIY Photo Display for Beginners

Learn how to make a simple DIY photo display using supplies from the hardware store – and Mod Podge! Very easy to personalize.

Learn how to make a simple DIY photo display using supplies from the hardware store - and Mod Podge! Very easy to personalize.

Hi! It’s David from Cheltenham Road.

Do you find that your not-as-DIY-inclined friends tend to ask you to make them things? Mine do and I’m usually up for the challenge as it often makes me think a bit outside my own sandbox.

When my friend Aimee pulled me into a local home store, pointed at a picture display thingy and said “can you make that for me?” I naturally said “Sure!” and then set about figuring out how.

This photo display proved to be super easy and used odds and ends I pretty much had on hand.

I hope you’ll enjoy making your own version.

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DIY Photo Display

I started out with the following:

  • Four (4) two inch by 12 inch strips of craft wood (Home Depot carries it in the lumber area)
  • Three (3) 8 inch strips of scrap wood (backing strips to join it together)
  • Scrap paper
  • Matte Mod Podge
  • Bulldog Clips
  • screws
  • Antique White Spray Paint
  • E-6000 Glue
  • One (1) D-ring hanger
  • screwdriver (with a long neck)
  • craft knife
  • Drill (helpful but not totally necessary)
  • White craft paint
  • Sandpaper

I gave the edges of the craft wood strips a quick coat of white paint. I also painted the three scrap wood backing strips white.

With the scrap paper cut down into 2″ wide strips I Mod Podged it into place on the craft wood. Once it had dried I trimmed away any excess and then sanded the edges to give it a distressed look.

While that dried, the bulldog clips got a quick dusting of spray paint. I didn’t want to totally cover them but I did want them to have some color and look a little distressed.

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Using the E6000 I glued the scrap wood strips onto the back of the craft wood ( super genius that I am, I managed to glue the first two on upside down).

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Important Note: Since the craft wood is fairly thin and I was going to screw the bulldog clips into place I positioned the backing strips where I would want the clips to go. That way I would be screwing through the craft wood and into the backing strips.

Once the E-6000 had dried, I turned the piece over and drilled my pilot holes for the bulldog clips (trust me, pilot holes will make life much easier):

Easy DIY Photo Holder Cheltenham Road for Mod Podge Rocks

I also took a second (since I had the drill out) to attach the D-Ring hanger on the back.

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Before I attached the bulldog clips I gave the whole face a coat of Mod Podge for protection and durability.

I screwed the clips in place using that long-necked screwdriver (this was actually the only part that was challenging as I had to hunt all over the house for a screwdriver that would go through the hole in the bulldog clip.  I am the owner of A LOT of fat screwdrivers apparently).

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And then it was all done and for its close up.

Learn how to make a simple DIY photo display using supplies from the hardware store - and Mod Podge! Very easy to personalize.
Learn how to make a simple DIY photo display using supplies from the hardware store - and Mod Podge! Very easy to personalize.

Actually, this DIY photo display project was so easy thatI made another version using a blown-up print of a vintage postcard that I like.

Learn how to make a simple DIY photo display using supplies from the hardware store - and Mod Podge! Very easy to personalize.

There are tons of possibilities here. You could leave the wood raw or you could just paint it. You could make the whole thing bigger or smaller – pretty much the sky is the limit!

As always I will monitor the comments for a while if you have any questions or if something was unclear. Let me know if you attempt this DIY photo display!

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Christina

Sunday 13th of September 2015

Thank you for being a craft genius and for your easy to follow instructions. I'm new at this photo display is the first real project I figured I could do. I'm working on Christmas presents now. Thanks again for the inspiration and I wish and yours a wonderful life.

Teddee Grace

Wednesday 19th of August 2015

I like your style! I am making you an honorary member of my club, "Monkey Do, Monkey Finally See"! I related to the bit about attaching the backing pieces upside down. I'm subscribing!

Wanda Rodgers

Friday 7th of August 2015

Have you made one to be really rustic and used rough wood like cedar fencing. I am wondering if this would be to splintery? I like the look of cedar and have leftovers from making benches for my plants.

David

Monday 10th of August 2015

Hi Wanda. I haven't used rough wood like cedar but I think if you gave it a nice sanding you would be fine. The sanding wouldn't smooth it out entirely so you'd keep the character but it would give you a good enough surface to apply the paper. The roughness might actually make it even cooler/more rustic looking. Or you could skip the paper (sorry Amy) and just make nifty, weathered display. Send pics whatever you decide to do! - David

Carla Hundley

Wednesday 29th of July 2015

Thanks for sharing this. Looks easy and love the second version you made! Carla from Utah