Shanty Photo Display Idea #2

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. Jill Castillo on July 24, 2012 at 5:07 pm


  2. Heather {WhipperBerry} on December 28, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    love, love, LOVE this idea. I can't wait to make some of my own.

    Heather from WhipperBerry

  3. Mandy Coffey on December 23, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    awesome idea! i'm featuring this on my blog today

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

  4. Stacy Jacob on December 20, 2010 at 5:57 pm

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

  5. Just Jen on December 9, 2010 at 10:01 am

    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

  6. Hope G on December 8, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    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!

  7. Stacy Jacob on December 8, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    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!!!

    • Jan K on January 22, 2012 at 10:54 pm

      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.

      • Shanty2Chic on January 23, 2012 at 12:23 am

        They are almost 2″ thick. They easily stand alone.

  8. Julie Ramos on December 8, 2010 at 6:28 am

    Love this project! Thanks so much for sharing, perfect holiday gifts!

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  10. CBH on December 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Love it!!! So easy to change the pictures too. Thanks.

  11. Kassi @ Truly Lovely on December 7, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    These are too cute! I love how you spray painted the wood pieces!

  12. Courtney on December 7, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    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.

  13. Samantha on December 7, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    These are REALLY cute!!

  14. Ann On and On... on December 7, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    I am gathering ideas for "craft" time with my nieces. This is great…thanks!

  15. lynn on December 7, 2010 at 11:52 am

    these are just darling-tfs:)

  16. Kara on December 7, 2010 at 5:56 am

    I want to make 20 of these! You are amazing!

  17. Denissa on December 7, 2010 at 5:47 am

    Love that one too! Anything is better w/ burlap 🙂

  18. Anonymous on December 7, 2010 at 5:16 am

    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

  19. Kari on December 7, 2010 at 5:00 am

    K, this gift idea is super fun, too!!

  20. Danielle @ Savvy Chic Home on December 7, 2010 at 4:55 am

    cute cute!! looks super easy, my kinda craft!

  21. Kara on December 7, 2010 at 4:53 am

    As always, I love this idea! And I think I even have all the supplies. Woohoo!

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