Remember when forever ago I mentioned working on a nautical themed bedroom for Max? I am the world’s slowest decorator, but we’ve been making decent progress. I’ll do a quick post next week to show you guys where we’re at. In the meantime, I wanted to share these super easy and inexpensive picture frames I made to hang in his room.
This project is part of the #monthlyDIYchallenge. A big thanks to Kenarry for sponsoring this month’s challenge. This post contains affiliate links.
Would you even call these picture frames? Photo holders? Whatever you call them, they’re extremely easy to make. I started with a pine board 1″ thick x 8″ wide, like this one. I used a miter saw to cut the board into 9″ long pieces, then used a sander to smooth out the cut edges.
To stain the wood, I decided to use this dark glaze from Velvet Finishes instead of a traditional stain. I really like the color and think it has a beachy, weathered look. Plus it dries much faster than a stain. I simply brushed the glaze on with a foam brush, going in the direction of the grain and using long, even strokes from one end all the way to the other. Then I wiped off the excess with a paper towel. You’ll want to work somewhat quickly when doing this in order to wipe off the excess before it dries too much.
You can see the difference between the original color of the board and how it looks after applying the glaze.
Next, I cut a piece of burlap ribbon to fit on top of the board. I didn’t measure the ribbon, just placed the photo on top and cut the ribbon to where it would be a bit larger than the photo. Once I cut the first piece, I used it as a template to cut the other two sections of ribbon close to the same size. This is the burlap ribbon I used.
To keep with the beachy, nautical theme, I chose pictures from our vaca to the beach last summer. I used picmonkey.com to change the photos from color to black and white, then printed them on my home printer. If you’re not familiar with PicMonkey, it’s a really cool photo editing website. Some of the options require a paid subscription, but most of the photo editing tools (like making a photo black and white) are free.
I used leftover furniture tacks to hold the photo and burlap in place. I eyeballed it and hammered the tacks in just above and below the photo. This holds it in place without putting holes in the photo, and I can easily slide it out and a new one in when I want to change it up. Initially, I thought I’d need to use a spray adhesive or something to hold the burlap ribbon in place but it’s fine with just the tacks.
What do you think? I’m going to add picture hanging hardware to the back so I can hang them on the wall in Max’s room once I’m finished painting. I really like how they turned out and think they look beachy without being over the top nautical.
Want to see a few more unique projects that can be made with that roll of burlap ribbon? Check out the photos below. If you see one you like, just click the picture to see the full tutorial. Hope you enjoy the rest of your week!
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