Easily display photos and artwork with this simple DIY


You’re 3 simple steps and $3 away from creating this awesome DIY Clothespin Frame to display photos, art, cards and more.

I received a “Clothespin Frame” as a gift earlier this year and I love it; it’s a great way to display and easily swap out photos, my children’s artwork, cards and more. Since it has so many uses, I wanted to figure out how to make my own and I did using mostly things I already had at home.

The one i was given was close to this size & cost about $40 but the one I created cost just $3 total.¬†How was it only $3? For starters, I found an ugly frame at a resale shop that was only $1. I then just painted it using existing paint that I had and added the twine (or you could use ribbon), which I’ll go through the steps below. Whether you’re looking for a way to display artwork in an organized way or show off your ever changing family’s photos (at work or the office) this is a great cost effective solution.
Here are a few of the examples from my house.

Note: Please don’t judge me by the last slide with the Dory inspired cartoons for I am not artist but I do love drawing for my kiddo. Every night, my daughter and have artwork time. Though I’m not naturally good at it, I love the one on one time we get to spend doing this and she gets so darn excited when I make something for her that I just had to keep it up (and I’ve finally moved past stick animals, yea!) Since I love a good “pun”, I naturally had to make her a silly “A-Dory-able” watercolor. Yes, I’m a nerd.

Ok, onto the steps!



  • Frame (whatever size you can find, I prefer a square frame)
  • Scissors (to cut the twine)
  • Twine or Ribbon
  • Measuring Tape
  • Staple Gun (I already had this but this type is less than $8) or just borrow 1


Steps to put together (SO EASY!)

  • Before I get to stapling, I measured the frame and laid out the twine to see if I wanted 2 or 3 rows. Based on this size, 2 rows worked the best so I made them an even distance from the top & bottom of the frame, which is where the measuring tape comes into play.
  • Staple twine onto the back of the frame
  • String across tightly & evenly & staple on the other side. It is important that you keep the twine tight while stapling, if the twine is loose it will drag when hanging photos/artwork on it.
  • Repeat steps for additional strands
  • If your frame doesn’t have a hanger on the back, go ahead and add a clawtooth hanger (framing department at Hobby Lobby or craft stores). I already had one as I used to be in the framing biz.

Here is the end result. This is perfect for home or the office, especially with children who are growing like weeds and it seems that they look older in almost every picture, so there’s gonna be some swapping!

Other ideas-This would actually work really well as a solution to hang earrings and other jewelry!


PicMonkey Collage

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