DIY frame for instagram photos

by Mary Jane

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Have you ever asked yourself what you’re going to do with all of those priceless instagram photos hiding away on your phone? They may be not all be technically correct but they sure are real. They are everyday snap shots – the messy, badly lit, out of focus, laughing, crying, silly, amazing moments – called life. I wanted a fun way to view them “in person” but I knew I liked them together in a group. It’s a power in numbers kind of thing. They all work together and create this storyboard of your life.

This is most definitely a pinterest inspired idea and it was SUPER easy! I’m excited because it will be so easy and inexpensive to constantly rotate the photos (not sayin’ this will happen toooo often, but the opportunity is there).

First thing, and quite possibly the most difficult, find some reclaimed wood – unless you’re into a newer look. I actually got these pieces of wood from a lumber company that specializes in reclaimed wood floors. They gave me these four pieces for free.

When you’re working with old wood, you will soon find out if you haven’t already that the wood is extremely hard.  It was impossible to nail through it.  So, I drilled the holes first, then nailed. (actually, truth be told, my husband did this part – love him!)  Much easier!

Next, nail all four sides together to create a frame.  Just 4 nails. That’s it.

Then add eyelets for the wire to connect to…drilled holes for these as well.

Lastly, string the wire across.

Then of course you need photos!  And clothespins or however you want to secure the photos to the wire.


{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Erin June 19, 2013 at 12:07 am

Great project! What did you attach the photos to? White card stock?

Mary Jane June 19, 2013 at 12:49 am

Hi Erin! I actually got them printed that way with a company called Origrami (www.origrami.com). Yes, it’s printed on a heavy card stock – perfect for hanging. The only bummer is the company is in Australia (two week delivery time), so if you’re willing to wait – I love the quality and how they look like polaroids!

sarah November 24, 2013 at 9:48 pm

I love this. What are the dimensions and where did you get the baby clothes pins?

Mary Jane November 24, 2013 at 10:13 pm

It turned out to be around 28×40 and I got the baby clothes pins at Michaels. Share photos of your finished product! 🙂

Nikol Kon April 29, 2014 at 6:17 pm

It’s perfect! Love your idea! Can you tell me please the dimensions of the frame?

Kim January 12, 2015 at 9:25 pm

I’d like to know where to get the door? Pls

DAHAN Dominique June 13, 2018 at 4:29 pm

Original because taken photographs in the unique format of polaroids, it makes super good.

Put 27 photographs in a home made frame, it is already a beautiful pele mix I notice.
Yes Australia is not close, but if the work is nickel and the correct price, it deserves to be patient a little.
In a pinch, one can develop on a thick white paper
and cut according to a template directly to the cutter, essential tool that I recommend, pay my A3 size for less than 50 Euros, a professional cutter costs 140 €, it is essential in photography.

We can make a frame with 2/3 height of photos in addition, it would do 54 photographs doubling, idea to see,
yes always a drill before pointing because the wood could split, for cons I add 4 metal squares at the corners, it prevents the wood of the frame works.

Nice work and nice work in family anyway.
What ideas in Britain, desires to live there.

Evening friendships

Dominic

DAHAN Dominique June 13, 2018 at 4:43 pm

Forgetting: we can directly put the photographs in a template made on a photo editing software.

Never think of making a pele mixes very big and shot
a plotter color, we had a model of 180 cms width, what to do the mixture of pele or a family history, a family tree if you prefer, on your side and that of your husband, a free idea, me that I Trying a lot, the quality of a plotter output, we find the 120 to 180 cm is exceptional, it was used for the good to shoot posters, magazines and books.

See a printer or copywriter.

A simple frame and the trick is played.

Sincerely

Dominique

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