Hi all and welcome back!
I’ve got even more fun wall art for you guys! I know I’ve been on a kick, but this room has a LOT of wall space and I didn’t have much to hang, so I’m making it all myself :).
I noticed a while back that on a couple of big photo sites, you could order your picture on a piece of wood. I thought it was a great idea, very pretty – but also comes with a hefty price tag. So I thought I’d try it myself.
I had a couple of snapshots from my phone that I loved, but they weren’t great quality, so I couldn’t blow them up for large wall hangings. So I decided to make them into a collage in PicMonkey. PicMonkey is great for editing photos and I use it all the time for my blog photos. I went into their “collage” option and played around until I got this pic.
I would love to walk you through step-by-step, but I did this a few months ago and honestly can’t remember how. I just played around until it looked like I wanted. I could spend all day on PicMonkey (and it’s free)! Once I had the pic the way I wanted, I uploaded and ordered it from Shutterfly.
I always have scrap wood laying around, so I went through it until I found a piece that would work. I trimmed the white part off the pic and then trimmed the plywood to be just a little bigger, so that it would create a frame.
Once I had the size I wanted, I stained my board using a couple of coats of Minwax Ebony wood stain. Then I used Modpodge to glue the pic onto the board.
Once that dried all nice and pretty, I did another coat and pressed down the spaces that were sticking up a bit. Then I took a drill bit (you could use anything) and scrape it across the frame a bit to make it look a little more worn.
I could have hung it like this, but I wanted to add a little more to it, so I drilled some tiny little starter holes in the top and hand-screwed in these little hooks that I found in the hardware section at Wal-Mart. I also found that chain there, so I grabbed it.
Then I couldn’t figure out how I was going to hang the chain. I was just going to hang it from a hook, but that didn’t look right and it wouldn’t hang straight. So, while I was poking around the hardware section I saw one of these…
It’s some sort of pulley thing. (I think that is the official name). I forgot to take a picture before hand, but it was silver, so I spray painted it with Rustoleum Metallic that I use on everything.
Since it was magnetic, I threw a magnet on it! I love it because I can change this whenever I want :). It seems like animal skulls are “in” these days and I’m embracing this Oklahoma thing, so I just went with it.
That’s it! Pretty easy stuff!
How do you display family photos? Do you have any picutres that you’ve turned into wall art? I have a bad habit of displaying them on Facebook and that’s it. I feel like the mom in that commercial that never hangs up pics of her kids, haha. I’m slowly redeeming myself.
Check out my DIY Industrial Wall Blanket Holder HERE.
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