Hey guys!  I promised this to you over the weekend but found lots of other things to do… Sorry 🙂
My next frame/display idea is even cheaper and easier than the last!  It’s still cute though!  Here it is…
These make a super cheap but so chic gift for Christmas.  Here is how I did it…
I started with the same 2x8x8 I purchased from Lowe’s for $5.  If you don’t have a saw you can purchase your wood at Home Depot and have them cut it there for you.  My pieces are about 10″ long.
I then used these dowel rod caps I found at Hobby Lobby.  They come in a pack of 3 for under $2.  I did find some very similar at Joann’s as well.
I used my hot glue gun to attach a dowel cap to the top of a wood piece.  The picture below shows the added finial but it also has a clothespin attached.  You need to wait to attach your pin.
I also found these wood pieces at Joann’s.  They certainly were not my favorite color but I saw potential… Especially for $.59 a piece… Whooop!
I took my frame with attached dowel cap and my little wood pieces out to the garage and gave them a few coats of our favorite spray paint…
You can find the Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch cheapest at Home Depot.  I painted one frame Canyon Black and one Heirloom White.
Here is my black one dry…
I then cut a small piece of burlap about 1/2″ smaller than my frame.  You can get burlap at any fabric store like Hobby Lobby or Joann’s.
I then used some 3M spray adhesive on the back of my burlap piece and attached it to my frame.
I then used some furniture tacks to add a little detail to my corners.  I used black ones on my black frame and silver tacks on my white one.  You can get these at the hardware store or craft store.
Finally I added my cute wood pieces and my clothespins.  I used my hot glue gun to attach both pieces.
Your final step is to add a picture, recipe or message and wrap it up for that special someone!
Hope you like them!!  These babies can be made for under $4 a piece which makes them ever cuter.  I also love that they can be used for more than just photos.  Let me know if you have any questions!
Get those projects ready for tomorrow’s I Made It Without My Hubby party!!  We want to see any and all crafts, projects, revamps, and gifts you gals have made without the help of your hubs!!
We have a great giveaway lined up so get ready!!  We will put the post up tomorrow night.  Have a great week!!

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  1. awesome idea! i'm featuring this on my blog today smallfineprint.blogspot.com

    Every Friday we have a link up party, stop by and share your other great ideas!

  2. OK, I made 8 of these for teacher gifts – 4 white & 4 black. They turned out great!!! Thank you so much for the tutorial!

  3. Teacher's gifts…taken care of!!! Love this idea and now my daughter's teachers will have an adorable Christmas gift!!
    I had my wood cut at Home Depot and they didn't even charge me. I had the entire 2×8 cut down to make these…….and they didn't even charge me to cut it!!! 🙂

    ~ Just Jen

  4. those are REALLY REALLY cute!! and the price is right! i'm seeing a New Year's Day craft in the making!! thank you so much for a super idea!

  5. Is there something on the back of the wood that helps it stand up ar does it just stay up on its own? Love it!!!

    1. I am wondering the same thing…… What do you put on the back to keep them standing up??????? These are sure cute. Guess you could drill a hole in the back and insert a short piece of dowel rod for a stand or hang it with a picture hanger.


  7. I'm thinking this would be GREAT for holding a recipe card while you are using it! I tend to lean mine up against something, but this would work even better. I am weird and hate working with a recipe card laying flat on the counter for some reason… probably because of my lack of counter space.

  8. Hi, I am trying to gather up all of the materials for this project and the only thing I am having a hard time finding is the finials for the top. You said you bought them at Lowes. I went there today and could not find them anywhere. Do you remember where about you found those? Nobody knew what I was talking about when I asked : /
    If you can help me out that would be awesome!
    Leslie Owens