I’m pretty excited about today’s project! It fits all of my DIY must haves: the supplies are cheap, the instructions are easy, and the project turns out just as cool in real life as I’d imagined in my head. I put together this easy DIY photo display in under 30 minutes using square wood dowels, twine, and mini clothespins. I love how it turned out!
It’s perfect for a lazy decorator like me, because it gives the feel of a gallery wall without having to hang a bunch of frames, and it’s easy to swap out photos when I feel like it. Or when my son points out that there are only 5 photos of him and 8 photos of his sister. Oops.
I mounted the photo display on the wall using Command Picture Strips (best invention ever!) making that part pretty darn simple as well.
To give my photos a little extra interest, I edited them all using Adobe Photoshop Elements 15. I used Quick mode to add an effect to each photo with just one click. (Photoshop Elements is my absolute favorite photo editing software and I use it daily. Thank you to Adobe for sponsoring this post.)
There are 55 different effects available, which makes it fun to click around and see how many different looks you can get on each of your photos.
It’s an easy way to get the filtered look of Instagram photos on pictures you take with your camera as well as those you take with your phone.
If you’d like to try adding effects to your photos, click here to try Photoshop Elements free.
And here are the instructions for making this easy DIY photo display:
- 2 1-inch square dowels, cut to 26 inches long (you should be able to find these are any hardware or home improvement store)
- drill with bit that is slightly larger than your twine
- mini clothespins
- hot glue or superglue (optional)
1 – Sand dowels if needed before you begin. Measure and mark 1 inch down from the top of each dowel. Then measure and mark in 6 inch increments. You’ll end up with 5 marks spaced 6 inches apart on each dowel. 2 – Drill holes through the dowels at each marking. 3 – Cut five 1-yard lengths of twine. Thread one piece of twine through each hole on the first dowel and tie a knot.
4 – Lay both dowels out on a flat surface. Thread the other end of each piece of twine through the holes on the second dowel, like you see above. Knot the twine on the outside of the second dowel, ensuring that each piece of twine is the same length. My photo display is about 30 inches wide (measured from the outside of each dowel).
To finish: Trim off any excess twine. Add some glue between the knots and the dowels if desired.
As I mentioned, I hung this display on the wall using Command Picture Strips (affiliate link), which was a hundred times easier than trying to use hardware. I used two of the medium strips on each dowel (4 total).
I love it! Such an easy way to fill up my ways with more photos.
Thanks for reading, and be sure to check out all my other Photoshop Elements tutorial here.