i love to decorate with photos. i think it’s an important part of remembering who we are, and where we have been. the Lord told the Israelites over and over again to set up monuments to remember who they were and what He had done in their lives. i view pictures (and parties) in the same way. i want memories to be fresh in my mind. i don’t want to forget all that God has done for me; how He has grown our family. and so i decorate with photos. many of my photo displays are changeable. i can switch out the photos to change out the memories.
here is one of my changeable photo displays. (the lighting is horrible in this picture because it is hanging in the upstairs hallway- no windows and one little hall light) i made this out of an old frame i’ve had in closets for years. it was so easy and i think it turned out so cute that i decided to give you a quick tutorial. yikes- i’m so bad with giving good directions, but let’s give it a try.
what you’ll need: an empty wooden frame, paint and painting supplies, sandpaper (i like to snag sanding blocks from the hubs sheetrock supplies), wire, you may need some small nails and hammer and pliers (but i didn’t)
step 1– sand your frame. you don’t need to go all crazy; just sand it lightly so it will receive the paint well.
step 2— pick your color. the hardest step of the whole short process. so many pretty colors to choose from!
i didn’t have just the color yellow that i wanted so i mixed some to get the perfect mustardy hue. (i’m a fan of these little apple barrel paints because they are inexpensive. ) the littles wanted to help but they did not agree with my color choice, so they did a little painting on their own.
after you’ve chosen your paint (and mixed some colors if necessary) you are ready to paint.
step 3– paint your frame. i used a small foam brush- super cheap and easy.
coat number one; you can see how the dark is showing. so i knew i needed a second coat
step 4– lightly sand your frame
while sanding i noticed the price tag on the back of this frame. glad i kept this thing for all these years. who paid $100 for it? not me!
step 5– if you want a more vibrant color paint your frame again.
step 6– lightly sand again. you could skip this step if you want a more polished look, but i like rustic so i lightly sanded my frame concentrating more on the corners and edges.
step 7– time to add your wire. measure your wire across your frame and cut. my frame already had metal tabs that would have been used to hold in a picture so i was able to loop my wire through them. i measured my wire about 3 inches wider than my from so i could loop through the tabs and twist it back together for security. if you don’t have those handy tabs on your frame you could use small nails or tacks to attach the wire.
floral wire- i think this came from michael’s it is 26 gauge wire
little hands like to help
just slide wire through and twist
you could put as many wires across as you want. i just went with the number of preexisting tabs.
step 8- hang your frame on the wall and gather some pictures and clothespins to make your project pretty.
and there you have it. an easy way to create a changeable photo display in your home (and only a few holes in the wall)
you could also go with something simple like the giant clothespin in the picture below. i can easily change out that picture any time i wish.
displaying photos is a great way to make your rental house feel like home.
(that’s my sister in the photos- puddle jumper and puddlejumpercreates )