DIY: Modern Clip Photo Frame

I am crazy about photos and am often stumped about how to get more of my favorites out around the house.  I was in a waiting room office recently and saw articles hanging on clipboards on the wall~ and a little lightbulb went on. So I went home to my garage and wood pile and came up with this:

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Of course I dig these because they are 1 part rustic (burlap) and 1 part modern (clip) and 1 part thrifty to make. These are easy to put together and allow you to print any photo and display instantly.

Here’s how:  head to your wood pile and recycle some scraps if you can. I used 1/2 inch thick wood and cut it into 8 1/2 inch wide by 11 inch tall pieces  (the size of a piece of printer paper). Then I sanded the edges with medium grit sand paper, making sure corners are “softened.”

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Don’t worry about the quality of the wood, it all gets covered up. Now pull out your paints, and put a fat band of black acrylic paint around the edges.

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When its dry,  spray a shiny varnish sealer on the edges. For the interior, I cut my burlap into 7 1/2 by 9 1/2 inch pieces. Tip: pull a burlap string -and it creates a perfect channel to cut a straight line in. I hammered brass furniture tacks on the corners to hold the burlap onto the wood.

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At JoAnn’s Crafts, I found these cool “thread holders,” and used a hot glue gun to firmly apply them to the frames. But any clip would work, I even thought of using clothing pins.

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The mix of wood, burlap, and plastic made these sort of POP with that rustic chic thang. I think sepia and black & white photos look pretty nifty.

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If you like this modern clip photo frame, please pin to Pinterest for me, yes? Thank you!

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