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DIY Clothespin Collage Wall Frame

February 14, 2013


Finishing up the DIY project posts from my original Living Room Redo, here’s an easy DIY post about how to make a Clothespin Collage Frame.

About a year and a half ago, I picked up this gigantic frame for $3 at a yard sale. It’s always fun to hear a backstory to an item, and the lady I bought this from told me she used to own a salon, and used this as part of the decor. I admit, I bought it because I talked her down to $3 and we were buying a new house–it was rather large; I decided to hang on to it until we finished decorating our house (not sure when that “finish” will be, but progress is being made! :)). When we finally painted our living room, I had the inspiration to use it to hang pictures in. Likely, I saw some similar inspiration on Pinterest and that lodged in my brain; when I went to search and see if I could find examples, indeed there were a couple of great examples.

I’ve loved using Instagram to document our daily life, and so I decided to choose a few of our favorites and have them printed. (That was actually the really hard part–choosing! And, thank you social media sites for making this wall deco possible! :)) I printed the photos via, and was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the printing. However, next time I think I’ll print a larger sized photo, likely the 4×4 size.


  • Large empty wall frame
  • Jewelry wire
  • Small screws
  • Miniature clothespins
  • Printed photos
  • Paint/Spraypaint
  • Hangman Canvas Hanging (or other hanging kit)

Since the frame was a gold and brown colored blend, I decided to paint the frame a glossy white to match some of the other colors in my living room (although gold is now on a comeback!). I just used some leftover trim paint and actually ended up brushing it on to get a smoother coat. (At first, I was trying out the roller and considered leaving the edges and crevices gold).

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Next, I figured out the spacing I would need. I arranged my pictures how I wanted them to hang in the frame, and then calculated the spacing I’d need between my wires. I figured I may want to replace them with bigger pictures eventually, so chose to space the wires every 5 inches.

To do this, I screwed a screw in at an angle (so it wouldn’t scratch the wall or make the frame protrude any extra), and then tied and wrapped the wire around each one and strung it to each screw I installed on the opposite side (horizontally) on the frame.

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I used .38mm wire, which is quite thin, and only just barely visible. I also used my beloved Hangman Canvas Hanger, which is so helpful for hanging heavy frames. (This is what I’ve been using as an amateur heavy-object hanger; I’d love to hear what other people use if you use something different.)

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I also spray-painted the mini clothespins in a silver color. I bought mine at Hobby Lobby, and the were packaged already clipped onto cardboard, which made the spray-painting step very easy on my part. I just hooked them over a box and sprayed away.

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And there it is! It was a fairly easy project, but for some reason doing crafts with three little ones around always seems to take a longer for me. 😉 Craft blogs and Pinterest always make it seem like you can accomplish something like this in 30 minutes or so…not quite for me.  However, the girls were both a great help in handing me screws and holding wires. Hana Kate loves crafts and projects of any kind, so I really need to figure out some more projects for her to work on (and the time to actually teach her how to do it).



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  • Audrey February 14, 2013 at 9:38 am

    I love this frame! Thanks for sharing. I’m thinking of doing a similar one only with some chicken wire that I’ve had laying around for a little while… just have to find the perfect frame!

  • Chelo February 14, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    This is great! I’d love to do something like this. I wonder how the prints turn out though- the humidity here ruins pictures in just days. I’d probably laminate the prints or somethig. Does the humidity there affect your pictures?

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  • Brittany October 12, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    GREAT IDEA! I’m totally doing this for my best friend’s birthday present 🙂