Monday, July 26, 2010

Clothesline Photo Display

This is one of those projects that I almost feel a little sheepish writing a tutorial for, because it is so very basic, and you can probably guess how I did it by looking at the final picture. But while some projects sit in my mind for a few months of pondering, gathering materials, and working at them a little at a time, other projects come together out of necessity, in a single nap time, with materials scrounged up from around the house and $3.00 at Jo Ann Fabrics. Like this one.


As I stated last week, I have recently moved my craft room into our old office and moved "the office/my husband's stuff" out. However, he kept the bulletin board and pictures that I had in there, so I set out to get myself something similar. So I repossessed a frame from my son's room and got to work.

I'm still trying to make the room a bit more feminine and inspiring, so I got some pretty blue damasque fabric from JoAnn's and go to work. I didn't have any foam board, so I just covered the original art piece that had been in the frame with fabric batting. It was too thin (and sturdy) for staples, so I just hot glued the batting down about every 3 inches, which did the trick.


I cut my fabric about 1 1/2 inches larger than the batting, because I know that I will eventually re-do this board, and wanted to be able to remove the fabric easily while leaving the batting in tact. So I glued down the fabric in a similar fashion, pulling it snugly as I went.


I wanted to be able to change out my photos easily, but I was looking for something slightly different than the typical memo board, so I thought I'd make a little clothesline. I got some cotton twine and hot glued it to the top corners of my frame pulling it pretty tautly. (You may want to try hanging a few pictures from your line and see how low it dips before you glue on the second side. Photos and clips are surprisingly heavy on a little line like this.)


I then popped the fabric-covered board into the frame and tested out a few photos.


I used these tiny little clothespins on my line, which are a little smaller than the pad of your thumb. They are ADORABLE! When I got them I had originally planned on gluing little rosettes or something fun to the top of them for an extra embellishment, but I ended up loving them as is.


Once my photos were up I realized that the pictures that had been printed in "landscape" left enough room on the board for a second row. So I added a second string about halfway down the frame for another row of photos.


I was so happy with how the fabric backing provided a fun "mat" for the photos. It was a great alternative to matting a bunch of the pictures in little frames and grouping them together.


I love it! It was one of those happy projects that is easy, cute, cheap and functional.


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Jessica July 26, 2010 at 6:25 AM  

Erin! So simple, yet so clever. I think it's adorable.

Screw Lucy July 26, 2010 at 6:47 AM  

That's a wonderful idea.

Amy @ Keep'n The SunnySide July 26, 2010 at 7:34 AM  

Very cute.. the close line & pins for photo's are the perfect touch!

Unknown July 26, 2010 at 8:06 AM  

That is one of the cutest things I've EVER seen!!!

Patrice July 26, 2010 at 8:12 AM  

Looks great above your flowers too! I want to see full pictures of your craft room transformation!

Unknown July 26, 2010 at 9:26 AM  

ohhhh! I've seen people just stretch the line itself across the wall but I love this!! It looks "cleaner".

Unknown July 26, 2010 at 9:44 AM  

THIS IS PRECIOUS! I have seen the kids art display with a clothesline for the wall, love the framed idea so CUTE! ONE prob. you aren't linking to my linky party WINK WINK! I would love if you linked this up. HAVE A FAB. DAY! Jenn

sportzmom July 26, 2010 at 10:17 AM  

So cute! I love the clothespins. I love your vinyl flowers too! Thanks for sharing!

Jessica @ This Blessed Life July 26, 2010 at 10:32 AM  

Adorable, Erin - like always!

Kari July 26, 2010 at 10:50 AM  

I love this idea because I love pictures (and I can never decided on just a few to frame) and this is so understated yet elegant - thanks so much for sharing this great idea!

Ashley Houck July 26, 2010 at 1:25 PM  

love it! So simple, yet it looks awesome. love all your different styles and ideas!

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Unknown July 26, 2010 at 4:17 PM  

This is sweet! I love the little clothespins and fabric. Thank you for sharing.

Jaedyn July 26, 2010 at 6:54 PM  

I absolutely love this! Thank you for the inspiration. :)

Screw Lucy July 26, 2010 at 6:55 PM  

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Kaysi @ Keeping it Simple July 26, 2010 at 7:55 PM  

So cute!!! I love the little clothespins!

Mad in Crafts July 26, 2010 at 8:09 PM  

Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

Larissa@Just Another Day in Paradise July 26, 2010 at 8:26 PM  

Erin, this is awesome. I would love for you to link it up over at Christmas in July. Great gift idea!!!

PS I am totally jealous that you have a craft room!

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Sassy Sites! July 26, 2010 at 11:33 PM  

CUTE!!! I love your blog! TONS of great ideas!

ificould July 27, 2010 at 7:51 AM  

So cute! Where did you get the tiny clothespins?

silly eagle books July 27, 2010 at 8:25 AM  

This is awesome and I love those wall decals, too!

Amy July 27, 2010 at 9:09 AM  

Erin-great idea! This would be perfect for so many occasions! Great choice of mat!

Stacie July 27, 2010 at 9:33 AM  

That is too cute!! LoVe those tiny clothespins! I featured this here:

Thanks so much for sharing! :)

Samantha July 27, 2010 at 9:43 AM  

Very cute smart idea.

Tru July 27, 2010 at 11:21 AM  

What a wonderful idea to have a permanent but changeable photo display.

Wendy July 27, 2010 at 12:31 PM  

Super Cute! I love how it is so customizable and easily changed!!

Amanda @ Healthy House on the Block July 27, 2010 at 12:39 PM  

This is so cute, Erin! I have to tell you - I love this fabric (I used the same on a whiteboard)! You did such an amazing job - like always! :)

Tiffany July 27, 2010 at 1:36 PM  

I luv this idea too.

Unknown July 27, 2010 at 4:28 PM  

Hi! I am your newest follower, and I have to say I love the closepin frame! I was wondering, where did you find such small clothspins? I have been looking for them since I found a similar type concept at Pier 1. Thanks!

Jaimie July 27, 2010 at 9:27 PM  

Very cute! And I really like the frame.

Crystal July 28, 2010 at 10:34 AM  

I love this! What a fun way to display your pictures and I love the fabric you used.
-Crystal July 28, 2010 at 12:22 PM  

I love this idea. So simple, but oh so cute! This would also make a great Christmas gift for Grandma and Grandpa so they could swap out old pictures for new ones as the kids grow. Hmm....

j July 29, 2010 at 11:48 AM  

Omigosh, I know what I'm going to do in my laundry room! Thank you for the awesome idea!

Your photo display is adorable.

Hootin Anni July 30, 2010 at 6:29 AM  

What a great idea.

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Blue Ridge Altered Art July 30, 2010 at 6:30 AM  

What a wonderful idea. I am going to have to try that. Thanks for sharing. Sherry

mommy2luke2008 July 30, 2010 at 9:59 AM  

Love this!! Very unique way to show of some pictures!!! I featured this on my friday favorites

Jenni July 30, 2010 at 10:40 AM  

LOVE this idea!!!!

One Cheap B*tch July 30, 2010 at 11:12 AM  

LOVE it!


DogsMom July 30, 2010 at 11:22 AM  

Another great use for old frames.
Very nicely done tutorial.

Michelle {Daydream Believers} July 31, 2010 at 10:21 AM  

Love this! :) Thanks for sharing!

cinnibonbon August 1, 2010 at 10:13 PM  

Love it!! This fabic is perfect too.

Unknown August 2, 2010 at 11:17 AM  

wow that is so cute. it makes me wish I could hang something like this up at my workplace and just interchange the photos whenever. instead of looking at grey basement walls all the time.

Leanne August 5, 2010 at 9:21 PM  

That is so cute. I love the fabric. Don't you just love those teeny clothespins?

Kimberly August 9, 2010 at 6:21 AM  

I made this and just did a post about it today. Check it out.
It was easy and came out soo cute.

Alexia August 13, 2010 at 9:17 PM  

Where did you get the mini clothes pins?? Very cute :)

Unknown August 14, 2010 at 6:35 PM  

Just wanted to let you all know that I made this frame this weekend, and will be posting about it on Monday! I hope you will check it out, I did link back to you all, and of course gave you the credit for the idea. Thanks so much for sharing!!

Janet September 27, 2010 at 3:50 PM  

I love how simple and cute this frame is! I'm passing along your idea and have linked back to this post. Thanks for the fun idea!

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Anonymous February 2, 2011 at 11:46 AM  

This is sooo clever! I;m going to steal it! This would be perfect for our party, come link up! Today the party is at

My Greenbrae Cottage February 3, 2011 at 3:26 PM  

LOVE this!
I just linked to it on my blog!!

Anonymous October 26, 2011 at 12:51 AM  

I really need to make this!!

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