DIY Geometric Photo Holders

Time: 45 Minutes
Materials: wood (I used a piece of pine that measured about .75″ in thickness), saw or jigsaw, sandpaper, paint, pencil, ruler

DIY Geometric Photo Holders (click through for full tutorial!)Happy Monday all! Sorry for the lack of projects around here recently; if you follow me on Instagram you may have picked up on the fact that I’ve been moving over the past two weeks. I’m happy to report that I’m finally starting to get settled and boy do I have a pretty great project to share with you today!

As much as I loved living in San Francisco, there’s something exciting about now having the space to use power tools. I tend to stick to simple projects and this one is really no exception. You might be thinking that because there’s a saw involved that it’s difficult, but I can assure you that’s not the case.

DIY Geometric Photo Holders (click through for full tutorial!)You can do this project a number of ways depending on what tools you have available. I was lucky enough to have access to a scroll saw, but a handheld saw should give you the same results (with maybe just a little more sanding). There’s even a small chance that your local hardware store will cut the wood for you, but I’m not 100%. Regardless of how you proceed, be careful!

DIY Geometric Photo Holders (click through for full tutorial!)First, draw the desired shaped onto your wood. I stuck with really basic geometric shapes since it was my first time using a jigsaw but feel free to get creative, especially if you have more experience! You’ll use these outlines as a guide when you’re cutting, so try to be as accurate as possible.

DIY Geometric Photo Holders (click through for full tutorial!)Once you’ve cut out your shape, make a small slit that runs horizontally across the top (where the photo will go), sand your wood to smooth out any unwanted bumps.

DIY Geometric Photo Holders (click through for full tutorial!)Paint or stain to finish. Add your photos and enjoy!

DIY Geometric Photo Holders (click through for full tutorial!)

Easy peasy, right? And if by chance wood is not your medium of choice (though I know you can totally do it!), try making these plaster photo blocks instead.

DIY Geometric Photo Holders (click through for full tutorial!)

DIY Geometric Photo Holders (click through for full tutorial!)DIY Geometric Photo Holders (click through for full tutorial!)

 

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DIY Wooden Backdrop

Time: 45 minutes + dry time
Materials: birch plywood, wood stain, brush, polyurethane spray, foam board, glue

DIY Wooden Backdrop, click through for full tutorial!

When taking photos, either for this blog or my Etsy shop,  I like to keep my background as simple as possible. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely went through a polka dot phase, but overtime I’ve learn that my projects do better when the focus is on the work and not the surrounding area. Some items don’t pop as much on plain white poster board, so I decided to make this wooden backdrop for when I want to add a bit of color and texture to my photos.

DIY Wooden Backdrop, click through for full tutorial!*Pictured above is E-6000 glue. It doesn’t work as well as I thought; hot glue did the trick though. You should be able to find all the supplies needed for this project at your local craft & hobby store.  I found the birch plywood at Michaels.DIY Wooden Backdrop, click through for full tutorial!

Stain wood to your desired color.

DIY Wooden Backdrop, click through for full tutorial!After letting stain sit for 2-3 minutes, wipe (in the direction of the grain) with an old rag. When dry, spray with polyurethane to seal. This may take 2-3 coats with up to an hour dry time in between.

Once your wood is completely dry, hot glue the pieces to a foam board. You’re free to use another method for securing the pieces together, but I found that using foam board allows for easy storage. Once secure, your backdrop is ready to use! Mine measures 36″L x 24″W and is 1/4″ thick.

DIY Wooden Backdrop, click through for full tutorial!

Aren’t these flowers absolutely stunning?! Farmgirl kindly sent them to me for this post and they may just be the prettiest flowers I’ve ever received. If you live in SF, be sure to check them out!

DIY Wooden Backdrop, click through for full tutorial!

DIY Wooden Backdrop, click through for full tutorial!

DIY Wooden Backdrop, click through for full tutorial!

DIY Wooden Backdrop, click through for full tutorial!

 

Two-Tone Photo Bowl

Time: 20 minutes
Materials: metal bowl, tape, spray paint, photos

DIY Two-Tone Photo Bowl | The Crafted Life

As much as I think framing photos is a great way to spruce up any space, there’s nothing like flipping through a stack of old photographs with loved ones. What better way to display your memories than with a two-tone photo bowl!

DIY Two-Tone Photo Bowl | The Crafted Life

You can make your own with a few easy steps. Just tape, paint, and peel. Once dry, add your photos and place on your coffee table. It’s as easy as that!

DIY Two-Tone Photo Bowl | The Crafted Life

(P.S. Color-dipped photos will help brighten your bowl.)

DIY Two-Tone Photo Bowl | The Crafted Life

DIY Two-Tone Photo Bowl | The Crafted Life

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