DIY Clothespin Picture Frame

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group(R) and timeshel, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #timeshelprints

If you were to look at my iPhone right now, you would find hundreds of photos of my children, my husband, and our travels. Even though I have a decent DSLR, it’s so much easier for me to grab my phone to snap quick photos of my family. But the problem with taking and storing photos and memories with my iPhone is that the photos never get seen unless I scroll through my photo folder or post them on social media.

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But, that doesn’t have to be the case anymore y’all! Using the free timeshel app available in the iTunes store, I was able to upload 30 of my favorite pictures taken with my iPhone. The whole process was super simple. It took me longer to choose my favorite photos than to upload them to timeshel. After I uploaded all my photos I was given two subscription options: 10 photos for just $5.95/month or 30 photos for $14.95/month. Because I take so many photos every month, the 30 photo option was the best option for me. About a week after I uploaded my photos, they were delivered straight to my home in a small, white shel.

Repurpose a thrift store picture frame to create a DIY Clothespin Picture Frame.

With modern technology, our mobile devices take some spectacular photos that deserve to be proudly displayed. This weekend I used an old picture frame I found at a thrift store to create a DIY Clothespin Picture Frame to display my timeshel photos.

Repurpose an old thrift store picture frame and create a beautiful DIY Clothespin Picture Frame.

All I used to create the DIY Clothespin Picture Frame was an 8? x 10? picture frame, kraft cardstock paper, mini vintage clothespins and glue. It took me all of about 10 minutes to complete the project and I love the finished look.

Repurpose an old thrift store picture frame and create a beautiful DIY Clothespin Picture Frame.

I cut down the cardstock to fit inside of the frame, and carefully put a drop of glue on the back of the mini clothespins before I placed them down on the cardstock. After applying pressure and making sure the glue was dry, I carefully placed my photos in the clothespins. I could have measure to make sure my clothespins were perfectly lined up, but I just eyeballed it and it looks pretty good. I also could have painted the frame, but I liked the kraft cardstock with the black frame.

Repurpose an old thrift store picture frame and create a beautiful DIY Clothespin Picture Frame.

For less than $5, I think the DIY Clothespin Picture Frame is an affordable way to display my favorite photos in such a fun way. Plus, as new timeshel photos arrive, I can easily change out the photos with newer options.

Repurpose a thrift store picture frame into a DIY Clothespin Picture Frame to display some of your favorite photos.

I’m pleased with the quality of the prints. I absolutely love that the majority of them were square (it made it easy to fit four in the frame), but there were some that were rectangle (but not your traditional 4? x 6? rectangle). I’m not really a fan of glossy prints, so the matte finish was a nice surprise. And while I was putting the photos into the clothespins I noticed that the date the photos were printed is imprinted on the back. This will make it easy to put the photos back into the correct shel anytime I want to replace the current photos with new photos.

What do you do with photos taken on your mobile device? Do you print them or are they held captive by your mobile device?

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54 thoughts on “DIY Clothespin Picture Frame”

  1. Jeannette says:

    This is seriously too cute and perfect for odd sized pictures as well! I can’t wait to make my own!

  2. Avry Byington says:

    This would be cute to put quotes in or Christmas cards or recipe cards.. Lots of possibilities!

  3. Liz Mays says:

    Yes, those are really good ideas too. I may have to make one myself!

  4. Erin says:

    That is a super cute craft. Great way to display photos.

  5. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says:

    That’s so adorable. I really love the look of the tiny little clothespins!

  6. Michelle F. says:

    That is such a great idea. I love that you can show four pictures in one frame.

  7. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says:

    That is the cutest thing! I love it. It came out awesome.

  8. Heather says:

    That is so so cute! I love those little tiny clothespins. I might have t try this!

  9. Debra says:

    This is utterly and completely adorable! So fun!

  10. Michele says:

    What a great idea to be able to change your photos in the frame! Clothespins—–this would be great for anyone who takes 1000’s of pictures—or who has a great grand daughter (my Mom) who has pictures from every stage 1 second old to 9 months and going!

  11. Liz Mays says:

    That’s a really cool idea for a picture frame! I’d imagine it would be great for our trip photos!

  12. lisa says:

    What a cute idea! I really like how it looks!!

  13. Pam says:

    Oh, that turned out really cute. I need to make one of these!

  14. Wendy says:

    That’s simply adorable! I know a BIG frame I have that is just begging to be turned into this!

  15. Christie says:

    I love matte finishes on my pictures [email protected] Glad you can keepsake those phone pics now

  16. Marybeth Hamilton says:

    I like matte finish for photos, too. Those itty bitty little clothespins are perfect for displaying photos. Such a cute idea!

  17. Jeanine says:

    What a super cute and very creative idea! I love this. I love photos too and would love something like this!

  18. Catherine S says:

    This is such a cute idea. I have so many photos on my phone I need to something with. They are just taking up space on my memory card right now.

  19. Marcie W. says:

    This frame idea is absolutely adorable! I can even picture a version using a pastel color and baby photos.

  20. veronica says:

    Very nice! I love this idea a lot. Really cute addition

  21. Little Miss Kate says:

    What an awesome idea! Love that you can change the pictures as you keep creating memories.

  22. Chrystal @ YUM eating says:

    Now that is the cutest photo project I have seen in a while. What a great idea. Love it.

  23. Super duper cute!! Love it!

  24. Andrea Kruse says:

    This is such a clever idea! I always have a hard time deciding which photos to display, but this allows you to keep changing them as wanted. Very cute!

  25. vanessa: BriteandBubbly says:

    What a cute and simple way to display photos. This looks like the perfect way to display my instagram photos that I had printed out.

  26. Debbie Denny says:

    That is such a cool idea. Very creative and crafty.

  27. Brittany says:

    I really love simple design pieces. These are some kind of fantastic because you can give them as gifts, too.

  28. Danielle K says:

    I do try and print my mobile pictures, but usually forget. I absolutely love this idea and will have to make myself ?

  29. Janell Poulette says:

    This is such a creative and great looking idea. It is a great way to show off my pictures.

  30. Stephen S. says:

    Pretty awesome. Thanks for sharing this. Very helpful and creative.

  31. Debi says:

    Oh that is such a cute idea. I have so many pictures I want to display

  32. Felicia says:

    This is adorable. I have a similar setup in my office.

  33. Joy Williams says:

    This is a great idea. I love that it allows you to change the photos out frequently.

  34. Sara P. (@SensiblySara) says:

    I LOVE the frame! I am awful about printing off pictures I take with my phone …

  35. Lynsey @MoscatoMom says:

    That frame is awesome. I did GrooveBook for years – I discontinued because I didnt always have 100 photos. However it seems like I am taking more and more now, so I may sign back up ?

  36. JanetGoingCrazy says:

    This is such a cute idea and would make a great gift!

  37. Jennifer H says:

    That turned out super cute! I like that you can easily change out the pictures too.

  38. I don’t take many pictures with my cell phone. Doesn’t take good pictures.

  39. Theresa says:

    That’s a really neat idea! And I love how easy the clothespins make it to swap out photos to keep the look fresh!

  40. Ashley says:

    That photo looks lovely with your decor. We’re getting some new prints soon as well, its time for updated family photos.

  41. Raijean says:

    That’s adorable, this would be a perfect gift for the boychilds grandmother.

  42. katrina g says:

    love this idea!!! i may have to try this out!!!

  43. Jessica (Savory Experiments) says:

    I should totally do this. I have so many photos I’d love to display and see everyday locked in my phone.

  44. Rosey says:

    I like that the date is printed on the back. I think this turned out so nice, I’d love one here. Pictures make me happy. ?

  45. Shell says:

    That turned out so cute! I’ll have to look for this app- I have so many pics on my phone.

  46. April @ Everyday Fitness and Nutrition says:

    Such a cute frame! I’m really bad about taking photos and never doing anything with them.

  47. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    I love this idea it looks so good. This would make a great gift for a loved one.

  48. Colleen says:

    This is so cute and unique and I love how easy it is to change the photos, great idea. This would be perfect for my shelving unit I have.

  49. Tonia @TheChattyMomma says:

    That’s such a cute clothespin frame. I like being able to switch out the photos easily.

  50. Caitlin says:

    I really like this idea. It’s a super easy way to change out photos without messing with the back of the frame or cutting the pictures. It’s great!!

  51. Debbie L. says:

    Very very cute – I love the way the pics look with the clothespins! Fun DIY project!

  52. Amanda says:

    I love this! How adorable. I really want to make it!

  53. Marina says:

    What a fantastic idea Crystal! I take way too many photographs on my phone as I share them with family miles away, so yes, this is something I need to look into as I have some beautiful captures of the kids but have nothing on print. ?

  54. Megan @ C'mon Get Crafty says:

    I really love this! Your picture frame idea is awesome because you can get more photos out for viewing with less clutter! I have such a hard time deciding on photos.

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