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.
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
- 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
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.
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).
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):
I also took a second (since I had the drill out) to attach the D-Ring hanger on the back.
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).
And then it was all done and for its close up.
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.
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!