Today I’m going to show you how to make a gorgeous rustic clothespin photo display for your home. If you’ve been following along on my blog, you’ll know that I do handmade cards. A couple of years ago, I made a cool display for them on my craft room wall, but it was taking to much space and it didn’t match my current decor. So I decided to make a new one. I wanted to go for a rustic distressed look, and I warn you, it was my first time doing the distressed look or working with moulding. It turned out pretty good for being my first time. But, enough with the chit chat, let’s start building! 🙂
What do you need to buy?
2- 1″ x 4″ x 8′
2- 8′ pieces of moulding ( mine is 2 1/4″ wide)
Small box of Kreg 1-1/4″ Pocket Screws
What tools do you need to have?
Drill (I breathe for my Ryobi Cordless Drill, it is amazing AND affordable)
Brad Nailer (I used my Ryobi Brad Nailer )
HOW TO DO THIS PROJECT?
The first step is you make all of your cuts. My frame is 2′ by 3′, so I made all my 45° cuts following the cut diagram below. This was my first time cutting molding and I had to go back to trim a little bit more a couple of times. I was not able to get perfect miter corners but, I was going for a rustic look so it all worked out at the end.
After all of your cuts are made, it’s time to do your pocket holes. Make sure you do your holes on your two horizontal pieces. and make them towards the taller corner of your 45° cuts.
Now for the moulding. I used wood glue and brad nails for mine, but you are going to be able to see the marks of the nails at the end. I don’t mind, again, rustic look. But if that bothers you, you can just use wood glue and clamps. It will take you longer, because you will have to wait for the glue to dry completely, but it will be just fine.
If you use brad nails, you might want to fill in those holes. I used ZAR Wood Filler for the first time and I really liked how smooth it went in. Let it dry a little bit after you have removed the excess and the wipe those areas with a moist paper towel.
Now it’s time for stain and I wanted to do some kind of a distressed look. I also wanted to have aqua color in it so it will bring some of the color from my walls. You can follow along and try this look or just stain it all in your favorite stain color. First, I stained the seams or valleys of my molding on Rust-Oleum Wood Stain- Vintage Aqua and then wiped off the excess with a paper towel. After that, I went over the whole thing with my favorite stain Minwax Wood Stain in Jacobean color. I let it sit a little bit more than the Aqua stain and then wiped off the excess as well.
I used screw eye hooks to hang my twine. As always, I pre-drilled my vertical pieces before I hand screwed the hooks in. Make sure that you have a sample of what you are going to hang in your clothespin photo display so you get the right distance between hooks. Then I put both pieces one on top of the other to transfer the hook’s locations. Now repeated the drill/screw process again.
Final step is to assemble the whole thing together. I used my Kreg Face Clamp to help me maintain my pieces aligned. Because we already installed our moulding, use a sacrificial piece of wood to wedge in between the frame and the clamp. I used a left over piece of molding. Make sure that your miter is aligned, clamp it and drive your screws. Repeat the process for all four corners.
At this point your frame is almost done. The only thing missing is your wire or twine. I used Natural Twine for mine to match my rustic look and I dyed Mini Natural Clothespins. To change their color I use Rit All-Purpose Liquid Dye and followed the instructions on the bottle. And you are done!! Wasn’t that easy? It looks so pretty on my craft room wall. Love it!! 🙂
Now it’s your turn. Go build one and style it to your preference and then show me your creations in the comments section! 🙂