DIY Photo Displays

Danielle Rode, owner of Upsy-Daisy in White Bear Lake shared creative ways to display your photos. Try making these photo frames yourself!

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2176 3rd St.
White Bear Lake, MN 55110

Drop Cloth Photo Hanging

Materials needed:

  • Drop Cloth
  • Balsa wood strips
  • Fabric transfer paper
  • iron
  • inkjet printer
  • scissors
  • fabric (we used drop cloth)
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Twine


  1. Print your image onto fabric transfer paper (in reverse)
  2. Use a pair of scissors to trim off the excess paper around the edge of the image.
  3. Preheat your iron.
  4. Carefully follow the instructions on the fabric transfer paper package to adhere the image to the drop cloth. Use firm pressure with a hot iron and do not attempt to peel the paper back to check your image.  Once you’re finished and the paper has had a few minutes to cool, it will easily peel away from the image.
  5. Add the balsa wood strips to the top and bottom of your wall hanging with tacky glue or hot glue. Use twine to hang your art.

Plaques Hanging from Curtain Rod

Materials needed:

  • 2 to 3 wood plaques from your local craft store
  • Paint
  • Curtain rod
  • Rope
  • Drill
  • Eye screws (2 per plaque)
  • Metal clips


  1. Paint your wood plaques and let them dry.
  2. Insert 2 eye screws at the top of each plaque.
  3. Use twine or ribbon to tie a loop through each eye screw.
  4. Screw a metal clip on to the face of the plaques. These will hold your photos.
  5. Hang your plaques (via the loops) on a curtain rod to display your photos.

Rustic Wood Photo Frame

Materials needed:

  • Plywood cut into 8”10”
  • Wood strips (could use pallet wood or purchase “rustic wood slats” wide from crafts store)
  • White paint / paint brush
  • 5”x7” glass or plexi glass
  • 2-4 Flat speed nuts and screws
  • Wood stain / rags / paint brush
  • Wood glue
  • Staples/Stapler


  • Cut 5 wood slats into approximately 16” lengths.
  • Stain the slats. Danielle stained the rough side for a rustic look.
  • Once stain is dry, dry brush white paint over the top to give the wood an even more rustic/aged look.
  • Use wood glue and staples on the backside to secure all of the wood slat pieces together.
  • Paint the 8”x10” piece of plywood white. This will be your photo matte.
  • Used wood glue to mount the white painted plywood onto the wood slats.
  • Use screws to secure the speed nuts (which will secure your glass to the plywood matte).

Insert photo and hang on your wall.

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