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Make: Wooden Block Photo Holders


Make: Wooden Block Photo Holders

I am so excited to share this idea. Do you have as much trouble finding photo holders as I do? Well, I do believe your search will now be over. These little guys were super easy to make and cost less than $2 each! They are a perfect family gift, along with these gorgeous Printstagram made photos. Click over to Small for Big for the full tutorial. And for goodness sake, if you don’t feel like making these, then at least join Instagram and order these prints for the grandparents. They will LOVE them…and so will you.

Happy Monday!

xo, Bar

 

Clothespin Photo Holder


Clothespin Photo Holder

When my 12-year old found this wooden plate in one of my craft drawers, she immediately wanted to use it for something. I’d like to think she was excited about a new project, but it’s more likely she was thrilled to have found a single something. One of anything is special…it means her brother and sister wouldn’t have one, too!

We decided to glue on some washi tape clothespins and make a photo holder for her room. Here’s how we got it done:

SUPPLIES

1 wooden craft plate (ours was 10″)

10 clothespins (more or less)

washi tape

wood glue

watercolor paints & brushes

stencils

tempera paint for the stencil

clear glitter

First, she used watercolors to paint some stripes. On unfinished wood, watercolor acts as a stain and it dries in a minute. Then she got out a “G” stencil for her first name. Next she used a paintbrush to fill in the stencil. She removed the paper stencil and sprinkled some glitter on the letter while it was still wet. I helped her attach the clothespins with glue and weighed it down to dry (overnight) with a plate. I wasn’t sure how to attach the plate to the wall, but I didn’t need to worry because my daughter took care of it. She stuck it next to her bed with sticky velcro! Yes, she did. I guess that it’s there for life.

This would be a fun project to do at a birthday party! The clothespins can be stained with watercolor, too, instead of washi tape. Perfect for ages 8 and up.

The instagram photos were printed by printstagram.

 

Washi Tape Clothespins


Washi Tape Clothespins

Over here at out house, we are always hanging art on a line. I keep a jar of clothespins at arm’s reach. This week we were preparing for a neighborhood art show, so I decided to make the clothespins a little fancier.

This is very simple! Buy clothespins like these that art flat at the top (some have ridges). Then just cut a piece of washi tape the length of the clothespin. Tape it down and smooth it out. Trim if needed. Voila! A fancy clothespin that will add pizzazz to just about anything! I even used one to attach a postcard to my friend’s vegan birthday cookbook. Hmmm…the possibilities….

Baby Shower Invitation


Baby Shower Invitation

Handmade “Shabby Chic” invitation for my SIL. (It’s a girl!) I used custom rubber stamps and washi tape. See my post on how this invitation was put together.