Easy Scrap Wood Photo Display Gifts

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Are you looking for gift ideas? Here's a simple and inexpensive way to make a personalized custom gift that grandparents, friends, family will love! The wall mount frame holds 12 photos and the desktop photo block holds three. Easy tutorial by ANA-WHITE.com

Hello, happy weekend! 

Christmas is getting so close!  I don't normally post on Sundays as we try to keep the weekends for family time, but I wanted to make sure I got these last few plans to you before Christmas morning.  

This morning, my sister came over, and she showed me some ideas for gifts the kids can make for the grandparents.  Grandparents are hard to shop for, as ours already have everything they need.  My sister's idea was to do something so that the grandparents could display photos of their grandkids.  

So we went to the garage, dug through the scrap wood, and after a couple of hours of wood crafting, this is what we came up with!

Both of these gifts were under $5 to make (free if you have the scraps) and could be made in half an hour (it took us longer because were were designing as we built).  The grandparents haven't seen the gifts yet - pending they don't hop over and read the blog in the next couple of days, and I just know they are going to love them!

I mean, really, how can you not love that?!?!? 

This is way better than another sweater or kitchen appliance that doesn't work as advertised.  For the photo display block, we just took scrap 2x4s about 12" long, stained them using Rustoleum Golden Oak,

then drilled holes in the tops and poked wires in the holes.  We twisted the wire so it would hold a photo.  A large paperclip would do the same thing. 

For the text, we used Painter's Markers to personalize the wood blocks.

The wall display was super easy too.

It's just 1x2s and clothespins.  I cut the boards,


Then I used glue and my crown stapler (you can also use the brad nailer or screws) to attach the frame boards together.  The sides just overlap the back boards for a very simple joint.

Then we just used Krazy craft glue to attach the clothespins to the wood frame.

I can't wait to gift these!

All right, your turn!  The plans for the wall frame are below, but if you can't get these built in time for Christmas, make sure you pin for later!


Enjoy the rest of your weekend, I will see you tomorrow.

Happiest Holidays!







Shopping List

Shopping List for Wall Photo Display 2 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long 1 - 1x3 @ 2 feet long 12 wood clothespins wood stain

Common Materials
1 1/4 inch finish nails
Cut List

4 - 1x2 @ 23-3/4" long 1 - 1x3 @ 23-3/4" long 2 - 1x2 @ 26-1/2" long

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Miter Saw
Brad Nailer


Step 1

Attach with ends square in all four corners with 1-1/4" brad nails or staples with glue. Take diagonal measurements from opposite outside corners to ensure project is square. Adjust if necessary until diagonals match. Attach remaining 1x2 boards to side boards, two fasteners per joint, using glue. Stain project and let dry. Glue clothespins to frame in center and 6-1/2" from center. Hang with a picture hanging kit on back.