Make: A Photo Clip Frame
Confession: I am compelled to take pictures of flowers and insects. Problem: I don’t usually choose these to send to the printer. Solution: a photo clip frame. Credit: I saw something very similar to this at Pier 1 a few weeks ago and decided it would be a perfect way to display a bunch of my flowers and bugs; I also decided that I had everything on hand to make one…so I did. The original costs 28 bucks; mine cost 0 bucks. No kidding!
Unbeknownst to me, this project actually started at the end of last summer when my boo and I were out taking our nightly constitutional and came upon a box sitting in a neighborhood yard. It was FILLED with beat-up wooden frames, and on the box there was a sign that read ‘FREE’. Right then and there, I became the proud owner of a bunch of frames with no immediate plans for using them. Until the Pier 1 incident, that is.
What I used for this project:
- 1mm drill bit (or roughly the same size at the largest wire used)
- 1mm (19 gauge) wire
- .33 wire
- wire cutter
- tape measure
- sandpaper, paint, brush
- 18″ x 20″ wooden picture frame
How I made it:
I sifted through my stash of frames and settled on one of the 18 x 20′s.
I sanded it down and gave it a couple coats of white semi-gloss.
Then I marked the sides at 1/3 intervals, starting at 3/4″ from the top opening. In my case, the frame’s opening was 14″ x 18″ which put marks at 3/4″, 6 1/2″ and 12 1/4″. I then drilled 1mm holes at the marked points. I repeated this for the other side of the frame.
Next, I shoved 1mm (19 gauge) wire into the holes. I cut it about 1″ longer than the inside measurement of the frame.
I then strung three tiny clothespins, which you can get at any craft store. I shove this end into the opposite side of the frame.
I repeated the above steps to construct the verticals and then I stabilized the wires by wrapping where they intersect with .33mm wire, making sure there was one clip per square.
And, yes, I loved the way the white one turned out so much, I made a black one too!