Wednesday, February 3, 2016

DIY Planked Photo Collage

Hello hello! After a couple of weeks of lazy newborn snuggles I started feeling a little stir crazy so I decided to tackle a project I had been meaning to do for awhile to display the boys' newborn photos.

I can't take credit for the original idea since I've seen these all over Pinterest. I love the rustic feel and the fact that I could customize them with the colors and layout that I wanted.  They were pretty simple to make and for around $15 each I'm very happy with how they turned out.

I started by cutting down 1x3s and using wood glue to glue the edges together.

To make it extra secure I glued some scrap plywood to the back to make sure that they really stick together.

While that was drying I spray painted my 1/4" offset clips and the screws that came with them. These can be found at Hobby Lobby in the canvas aisle.

I also found these clip frames at Hobby Lobby. I could have saved some money by using the glass from dollar store frames, but I wasn't up for another outing with two kids so I went with these even though they were $3.  It was nice that the sides of the picture back were already painted white though.

I used a glue stick to attach a piece of scrapbook paper cut to 5"x 7" to the frame back and then the 4x6 photo on top of that.

Once the wood glue was dry I applied a coat of espresso paint followed by two coats of white paint.

I then went over with sanding paper to distress it and pull out the brown from under the white. It turned out really pretty!

I wanted to add a little extra dimension so I traced out where I wanted each photo and then taped a quarter inch out so that I could paint a frame around each.

When I screwed the offset clips onto the pictures I found that they were kind of loose. To fix this I just used a butter knife to squeeze some small pieces of paper under each clip and it made them nice and secure.

It's crazy how similar these little squishy babies look! The top one is Tristan and the bottom is Lucas, but even if I had mixed them up I could easily see people thinking that it's the same baby.

It felt so good to actually get something done that I was craving more. So I moved on to our hallway and decided to give it a big makeover! What seemed like an easy task has actually turned out to be kind of challenging. I'll be sharing more on it soon so stay tuned!

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  1. That's a great idea!! It looks wonderful on the wall!
    Thanks for sharing it with us at #2usestuesday, hope to see you again next week!

  2. What a pretty and unique photo display! And look at those sweet babies. Featured you at Be Inspired this morning. Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. What a fabulous project, and thanks so much for the tutorial. Enjoy your new one!

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