Photo Holder Tutorial

I have a great imagination.  That's a good thing.  But sometimes my big ideas don't turn out quite as stunning as I imagine them.  But I love how this wire photo holder turned out!  

The idea: I wanted some way to display 12 months with my little boy. I wanted 1 picture from each month of his life to show how he's grown up right before our eyes!

To go along with our red/yellow/blue star theme for his birthday party, here is what I came up with:

There are 4 stars, each holding 3 photos each, from his first month all the way up to his twelfth month.  So here is what I did:

I bought a package of thin wooden boards and 4 wooden stars, both at Michael's.  

I used a hefty amount of Gorilla glue to glue the stars upright on the wooden boards.  Some of them got a little tipsy and I had to lean them up against my kitchen appliances.  (I dream of having a craft room!)

Next I did my spray-painting on my third story balcony on makeshift newspaper.  (And again I dream of having a craft room!)

I don't know why I've been on a glitter kick lately, but I love glitter glue because I can apply it with a brush and it's not clumpy.  Just a nice touch of shimmer and shine.

Then it was time for Mr. Oopsey Daisy to get out his power tools.  He drilled 3 holes in the stars--1 in the very top point and 1 in each of the sides.  This is where I would insert the wire.

 The fun part was twisting the wire!  After experimenting with thin wire, I realized I would need something much more sturdy.  So I got thick wire from Ace--the stuff that really takes some muscle to cut!  After securing the wire in the hole with plenty of hot glue, I twisted the wire into funky shapes.  Every single one was different, but I made sure that the specific loopty-loop I made would hold the photo I had in mind.  (Horizontal and vertical pictures have different centers of gravity.)

Here is the final product!

So at the party, I threw out some gold tinsel-ish stuff (very official name!!) around the stars and stuck in the photos.

I seriously love how it turned out!!  

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  1. Oh my goodness that is ADORABLE!!! I love stars too, and I just thought of all of the girly colors I could use! lol aw I miss you!

  2. Alison, SO SO SO CUTE!! I love your blog to death!

  3. Room Mom 101 says

    Thanks for the comment. I featured your Olympic themed birthday on my blog for others to see and to get ideas from. Thanks again!

  4. That's great! Love the pictures in them too! Cute squishy little babies.. <3


  5. The Woodin's domain says

    They are awesome. Thanks for sharing your idea and how you did it. I think I'm going to make some for Christmas presents for Grandmas and Grandpas from the grandkids.

  6. this is amazing and cheapest idea to make awesome photo frame in home

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