Photography is the story I fail to put into words.
But in case you want to read my words too...
Northern Utah Photographer and Videographer
I love crafting, but it's one thing that has kind of taken a back seat in my life right now. I decided to change that the other day, and made a frame to hang all of my little 4-inch printed pictures from Instagram. I love seeing them, some of them years old, and remembering the fun things we've done and how cute my kids were when they were little! Okay, they're still cute, but let's be honest: no one is as cute at 10 as they were at 4.
I used to have one of these frames on my kitchen wall, but a few too many times of a ball hitting it made it fall off the wall, and the frame is now in a few pieces in the landfill. :( I really missed having those pictures where I could see them everyday, so I wanted to make a new one to get those pictures back up on my wall. It's super easy, and I'll show you how to make one yourself! (And hopefully you don't have to work around an ugly thermostat like I did...)
Step 1: Gather your materials
Step 2: Decide on a few things
First of all, you'll need to decide where to put your frame, and which direction to hang it. I ultimately decided on this wall in my kitchen and to hang it vertically. My pictures are 4" square prints from Persnikety Prints (my favorite place to get them printed!) and I decided to have my strings spaced at 4.5 inches. I also did a little math (not my strong suit) to make sure it would work, by measuring the open part of the frame and dividing it. If you have various sizes of prints, I recommend spacing your strings at different intervals, so you can accommodate them. (P.S. Please ignore the mess in the other room...kids...that's all I have to say, right?!?)
Step 3: Measure, then measure again!
Get your ruler out, and make your first mark about .5" from the top. You'll need room for your mini clothespins on the top string. Then, measure and mark your decided upon intervals carefully on the back of the frame where it won't be seen. Do this on both sides and look to make sure they are lined up (unless you are going for slanted strings, which is totally okay if you're doing it on purpose!)
Step 4: Secure your strings to the frame
When your marks are just how you want them, get your string out and lay it on the mark. Secure it with a staple gun using 1-2 staples per side/string. Then pull it across to the other mark, holding the string taught. Secure on the other side, then cut excess off with scissors. (You don't want to cut it before you secure it, so that you have some extra pulling power to keep it tight.) I looped my twin around and used 2 staples just to give it an extra holding power.
Step 5: Hang it!
Before you actually hang your frame on the wall, I recommend sticking a felt circle thingy on the four corners. Yes, I said thingy because I can't recall what they're actually called, but they're round, and you usually put them on the bottom of chairs so they don't scuff your hard floors. I did this because my staples were on the back frame, and I didn't want them to scratch my wall. It also gives a little bit of extra room for the clothespins to hang naturally.
I find it a bit easier to hang my pictures on the strings before hanging it on the wall, but you can do whatever you'd like! I also make sure the circle part of the clothes pin is what goes on the string, as opposed to the flat part of the clip--this makes it easier to slide the pictures along the strings to adjust where they are on the strings. If your strings are taught, the pictures won't be sliding on their own. :)
Step 6: Step back and enjoy your memories!
That's it! It's a super easy project to do, and once you have all the materials, it takes 20 minutes tops to get it completed! I hope to start sharing more photo projects with you in the future, so stay tuned! :)