$3 Photo Display Gift & Free Printables!

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Welcome to Day 1 of the 12 Days of Christmas Event!

Photo Display Gift & Free Printables

You guys know my love for cheap but thoughtful gifts!  With 5 kiddos, and a huge family I am always trying to find awesome gift ideas that don’t break the bank.

I love photo gifts!  This is a super simple, cheap and cute way to display photos.

Here is how mine turned out…

Photo Display Gift & Free Printables

Cost to make these babies??

Photo Display Gift & Free Printables

Woohoo!  It makes a great gift for friends and family.

And, here is how I made it!

$3 Photo Display Gift & Free Printables

Photo Display Gift & Free Printables

For those of you that don’t have a saw…  This is one you need to have.  You can EASILY cut this project and so many others on our site using this.  Cheap and easy… Promise!

That’s a stocking stuffer gals!  Come on… You will thank me!  This is a perfect ‘craft’ saw, and you would be shocked at how many projects you can do with it!

You can also have the hardware store cut the wood for you.  HD has a handsaw just like this one in the wood section at all times.

Photo Display Gift & Free Printables

Photo Display Gift & Free Printables

Photo Display Gift & Free Printables

Photo Display Gift & Free Printables

If you don’t have a drill, you can also use a hammer and a small nail.  Just hammer the nail into where you want your holes. and then remove the nail using the other end of the hammer.  Voila!

Photo Display Gift & Free Printables

Photo Display Gift & Free Printables

That’s it for the building part!

Now you are ready for the FREE printables!

I decided to give you guys some options for these!  I made 4 to choose from.  Whether you are making this as a gift to someone else or for yourself, I got you covered! 😉

To print these, just click the photo for each one.  Once it opens, just click print from your top browser bar.

I printed mine on cream colored 8.5×11 cardstock.  I like the weight of cardstock paper for this project, and you can get it super cheap at any craft store.

Photo Display Gift & Free Printables

Photo Display Gift & Free Printables

Photo Display Gift & Free Printables

Photo Display Gift & Free Printables

Photo Display Gift & Free Printables

I chose to use upholstery tacks to hold my paper in place.  These can be found at any craft or hardware store.  They are really cheap and cute.

You can also find some HERE on Amazon!Photo Display Gift & Free Printables

They are also really easy to remove by using a small screwdriver under the head of the nail.  This makes changing out your printable really easy!

Photo Display Gift & Free Printables

Your final step is adding photos!  I like to print my photos out on photo paper at home.  This saves me lots of money, and keeps me from dragging my 5 kiddos to Walmart to pick up photos… Win win!

I cut my photos out, put them on the display and I was DONE.  So quick, so cheap, but still so cute!  My kind of project!  And… Did I mention I made these babies for…

Photo Display Gift & Free Printables

Yah… Just making sure!

Photo Display Gift & Free Printables

Photo Display Gift & Free Printables

Photo Display Gift & Free Printables

Photo Display Gift & Free Printables

Photo Display Gift & Free Printables

Thanks so much for stopping by!!

I would love for you to share this $3 gift with your friends and PIN it of course!!

We have teamed up with some fabulous bloggers to bring you this 12 Days Of Christmas!  Make sure to check them all out, and be looking for today’s great giveaway!

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A little bit more about the Shanty Sisters…

Photo Display Gift & Free Printables


We are 2 sisters sharing how we transform our homes on a budget!  With 8 kiddos between the two of us, we put every naptime to good use ;-)!

From building projects like this $65 farmhouse table

Photo Display Gift & Free Printables

To transforming things like this $15 mirror made from a Walmart mirror

Photo Display Gift & Free Printables

And even offering free printables like our latest free alphabet banner!

Photo Display Gift & Free Printables

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Photo Display Gift & Free Printables


  1. Kay Hauf on November 20, 2018 at 8:23 am

    what kind of a saw did you use that was so helpful?

  2. Linda on September 6, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    I just printed out the original saying and it was way too small for the 2x6x12. Was it really 12″ long.? I then printed mine at 125 percent and it is still a little too short but will work. Would like to know if the one shown is 12″ long and if you changed the font size? Cute idea I am having us do for a women’s retreat craft.

  3. Fabiola on April 22, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    Are you sure these were done on 2×6 boards and not 2×4?

  4. Stephanie Elliott on November 12, 2017 at 10:17 am

    What saw did you use? There’s no picture or link. Thanks!

    • Ellen on November 11, 2018 at 8:10 pm

      My question, too! I want to know what this miraculous saw is. 🙂

  5. April on November 19, 2015 at 10:36 am

    These are so neat and I’m making them for Christmas gifts this year. What font and dimensions did you use for the card stock? I’d like to make one that says “grandkids”

  6. April on November 19, 2015 at 10:19 am

    I am making these for Christmas gifts- they are so neat. I want to make one that says “grandkids”. What font, dimensions did you use to make the signs?

    • Heidi Strawser on December 9, 2015 at 8:47 am

      I made some extra sayings using Picmonkey. I just chose the 8×10 design size, flipped it horizontally, and played around with different sizing on the fonts. I used Bodoni XT and Lavenderia. Hope that helps.

  7. Brenda Mathis Shockman on October 25, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    Can you tell me where the link is to the free printables?

  8. Krystal on October 16, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    Hey there!! I am getting ready to make these but wanted to know what size did you print the photos that go on top of the wood?

  9. maria jose jaramillo on May 10, 2015 at 2:02 am

    wow!! You are simply amazing !! I liked your idea so much that I can’t wait to make my own photo holder!! Best regards from Majorca!!

  10. Trinity on March 1, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    I just saw my comment on here from two years ago and had update it. I ended up making these that Christmas, as well as different versions for last year. So far I’ve done these with the following: Family, Love, Names, and one with just designs. I’d sort of addicted and now everyone in my immediate circle has one, lol. Great, super cheap, thoughtful gift for sure!

  11. Allison on December 31, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    How did you guys make the papers to nail on..I want to custom make mine but I can’t figure out how to do them? Please help!

  12. Kristen on November 24, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    so I made the mistake of cutting my boards into 8 inches instead of 12 inches. Goodness! Is there any option to edit the printables to fit? I am terrible using Adobe. Thanks in advance!

  13. Denise Miller Shoemaker on November 7, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Here is my version with the wording on card stock but mod podged on, and I added some burlap flowers

    • Kristen on November 24, 2014 at 3:24 pm

      These are too cute! what size boards and printables did you use? I cut my boards too short and don’t know how to edit the size of the cute printables. Hoping you had some tips! Thanks!

  14. Denise Miller Shoemaker on November 6, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Here’s my version I used mod podge for the saying and added some burlap flowers

  15. April on February 17, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    Love, love, love projects like this that are quick and easy, and still adorable. I’ve cut everything, and just need to stain and piece together. I printed on cardstock, and for an added touch, I’ll cover with a 4″x11″ piece of .08″ thick plexi – will pre-drill holes for nails. The upholstery nails are plenty long enough, so I don’t foresee any issues. Custom cuts of plexi can be costly. One online company wanted to charge $9.50 per 4″x11″ sheet! I bought an 18″x24″ piece at Lowe’s for ~$8.50, and they cut 8 sheets from it. I didn’t expect them to cut anything, but they offered to when I asked whether they had plexi scoring tools. Now that’s customer service! Priced everything out, and even with plexi, they’re just a few
    pennies over $3 each. Thank you, ladies!!! You are awesome, and have inspired me to be one with the power tools.

  16. Cheyenne Morris on December 22, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Here r the ones I made 4 my boys and a friends boys teacher gifts this year! I made 8 of these and they were a huge hit!!! Thank u Shanty-2-Chic!!! 🙂

    • Kayla Troublefield on December 3, 2017 at 7:36 am

      how did you change the printables

  17. Angie Z on December 8, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    I am trying to print these but the letters are at the edge of the paper, is there a way to print with enough blank paper at the edge for the tacks?? I’ve tried looking for a way to change the margins but so far am having no luck. Thanks

    • Jenna Dean on December 9, 2013 at 1:19 pm

      I’m having the same problem. One thing I found was if in the print box I select “shrink to printable area” it gave me a little more margin but definitely not as much as is shown in the picture. It seems to have a larger margin one one side the other?

      • Angie Z on December 10, 2013 at 2:35 am

        The fix that I found worked best was to download or open in Adobe Reader. Once open, choose print, then where it says “page sizing and handling” choose poster. You can adjust the “tile scale” to 80-90%, depending on what you like, this will give you room on the side. I also changed it to “landscape” in properties to print. Hopefully this helps someone!! =)

  18. Casey on September 16, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Love this project and pretty much anything you girls make! Question: what size prints did you use to make the arrangement like the one you have? Can’t wait to make mine for gifts this year!!

  19. 1219keb on February 23, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    I made one of these last weekend and it turned out great! I couldn’t find the ornament hooks since it’s February, so I used place card holders and cut off the bottom with wire cutters. That worked beautifully!

  20. Heather Estes on December 13, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Do you have any other sayings? Im looking for one that says grandkids, or I love my kids.

  21. Karen on December 7, 2012 at 12:47 am

    I am so making these!! Thanks for the idea!

  22. Paula on December 6, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Where can more printable be found if a person would like to use something different

  23. Holly McGee Austin on December 4, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Gorgeous!!! Making this for a hostess gift this weekend 🙂 Thanks for the amazing inspiration over and over again!

  24. Christine on December 3, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    How many coats of the stain were used for this project? I’m absoluty making these! Beautiful idea and thanks for sharing!

  25. Kimberly Hottenstein on December 3, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Great easy gift idea. Quick question…how do you keep your cardstock from puckering once it’s been nailed to your board. I made the father’s day photo boards, and my photo eventually puckered out after being nailed to the board even though I tried so hard to keep it tight. Thanks for sharing this.

    • smileyk01 on December 12, 2012 at 3:11 pm

      Maybe you could ModPodge the card stock to the wood prior to putting the nails in?

      • Jan @ Another Hatchett Job on December 15, 2015 at 12:47 am

        I tried to use ModPodge with mine. Unfortunately, if you use an inkjet printer, the ink will bleed. I don’t know if a laserjet would have the same issues. I was finally able to use a glue stick to hold the cardstock firmly in place before tacking the corners. That seemed to prevent the puckering for me.

    • Christine on December 16, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      The cardstock puckers terribly no matter how tight it is when you tack it to the wood 🙁 Other than that, they look great. I wish I had seen this comment prior to making 27 of them

      • Shanty2Chic on December 16, 2012 at 9:01 pm

        I’m not sure what’s going on girls… Mine is still sitting perfectly like I made it?? Wish I could offer more help, but I make things like this with cardstock quite a bit, and have never run into this problem.

        • Christine on December 16, 2012 at 9:33 pm

          Possibly the cardstock? I got mine at Michael’s because our Hobby Lobby hasn’t opened yet. I thought it was good quality stock, the better of what they offered there
          If you think of a way to salvage these, I’m open to ideas!

          • Shanty2Chic on December 16, 2012 at 10:20 pm

            Maybe try reprinting on photo paper?? Hopefully that wouldn’t do the same! Just use a small flat screwdriver to pop your nails out and put them back in.

  26. Trin @ ramsaygrace on December 2, 2012 at 1:37 am

    I just love this gift idea…thoughtful and doesn’t break the bank! This would make terrific gifts for co-workers or neighbors too. I could put the family name on the paper. Cute, cute, cute! I’m pinning now. 🙂

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