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DIY an Easy Yardstick Photo Display

A few weeks back we played with the Instax SP3 and I may have mentioned that we printed a whole bunch of our favorites pics. Now I already have a crapload busload of frames but we did need a unique and fun way to display all those pics. And since we’re DIYers, the easiest thing to do was to make ourselves this yardstick photo display with things we already had lying around the house.

A gorgeous, fun, and simple DIY yardstick photo display for all those Instagram prints and photos. And the pegs make it easy to change them around anytime you want! #photodisplay #diy #diyproject #photodisplay #familyphotos #home #homedecor #instagramphotos #instax

The inspiration for the photo display happened while I was making an “About Us” video for the blog. I loved the way the last bit of the video showcases some of the things we’ve made and shared over the years here on A Crafty Mix. You can make your yardstick photo display as long and wide as you want to. I added “LOVE” blocks at the bottom, but “FRIENDS” or “FAMILY” will work too.

A gorgeous, fun, and simple DIY yardstick photo display for all those Instagram prints and photos. And the pegs make it easy to change them around anytime you want! #photodisplay #diy #diyproject #photodisplay #familyphotos #home #homedecor #instagramphotos #instax

What you need

For this quick and easy DIY you’ll need:

  • A wooden yardstick
  • 1 x 1 piece of wood
  • String or twine
  • Small wooden pegs
  • E6000 glue
  • Handsaw
  • Printer and mod podge (optional)

What you need to make the yardstick photo display. #photodisplay #diy #diyproject #photodisplay #familyphotos #home #homedecor #acraftymix #instagramphotos #instax

How to make the yardstick photo display

Measure and cut the 1 x 1 into equal blocks using your handsaw.

Cut the 1 x 1 into equal blocks to make the letters. #photodisplay #diy #diyproject #photodisplay #familyphotos #home #homedecor #acraftymix #instagramphotos #instax

The number of blocks you need to cut will depend on the word you choose to add to the bottom of your yardstick photo display. Cut one block for each letter. Lightly sand them to get rid of any rough edges. Use the number of letters to figure out how to space them on the yardstick and cut it shorter if need be. We cut ours in half and then cut a piece of the 1 x 1 the same length as shown below.

Figure out how many letters you'll be adding to make a simple and fun photo display for your Instagram pics #photodisplay #diy #diyproject #photodisplay #familyphotos #home #homedecor #acraftymix #instagramphotos #instax

Print your letters and mod podge them onto the blocks. I used a font called “Love Box” and you can download it for free here. If you don’t have access to a printer you can write them on with a Sharpie or permanent marker instead.

Print out the letters L, O, V and E and glue them on. #photodisplay #diy #diyproject #photodisplay #familyphotos #home #homedecor #acraftymix #instagramphotos #instax

Drill a small hole all the way through the letters from the top of the blocks.

Drill holes in the blocks to make a simple and fun photo display for your Instagram pics #photodisplay #diy #diyproject #photodisplay #familyphotos #home #homedecor #acraftymix #instagramphotos #instax

Thread the string or twine through the hole and make a knot at the bottom of the blocks to secure.

Thread the string through the holes to make a simple and fun photo display for your Instagram pics #photodisplay #diy #diyproject #photodisplay #familyphotos #home #homedecor #acraftymix #instagramphotos #instax

It makes it easier to get the string through the holes if you wrap some sticky tape around the edge first. Glue the yardstick to the longer piece of 1 x 1 you cut earlier and mark where to drill the holes. We spaced ours every 3″ but you may need to adjust the measurement if you used more letters.

Glue the 1 x 1 to the yardstick and measure equal distances before drilling the holes. #photodisplay #diy #diyproject #photodisplay #familyphotos #home #homedecor #acraftymix #instagramphotos #instax

Drill the holes all the way through from the top to the bottom and tie the letters to the yardstick. Just make sure that the letters are hanging in a straightish line. Add your photos with a small peg and you’re all done 😉

A gorgeous, fun, and simple DIY yardstick photo display for all those Instagram prints and photos. And the pegs make it easy to change them around anytime you want! #photodisplay #diy #diyproject #photodisplay #familyphotos #home #homedecor #instagramphotos #instax

Pretty easy right?

A gorgeous, fun, and simple DIY yardstick photo display for all those Instagram prints and photos. And the pegs make it easy to change them around anytime you want! #photodisplay #diy #diyproject #photodisplay #familyphotos #home #homedecor #acraftymix #instagramphotos #instax

Don’t you just love the piccy of EeeeeDeeeee Riley Pipsquick (III) in her sunglasses? And Zia with her crazy mouth monster. She’s such a clown 😀 We clearly have a thing for our fur babies.

Love this picture of our naughty Zia. A gorgeous, fun, and simple DIY yardstick photo display for all those Instagram prints and photos. And the pegs make it easy to change them around anytime you want! #photodisplay #diy #diyproject #photodisplay #familyphotos #home #homedecor #instagramphotos #instax

Our non-fur kids and my gorgeous hubby are there too 😀

A gorgeous, fun, and simple DIY yardstick photo display for all those Instagram prints and photos. And the pegs make it easy to change them around anytime you want! #photodisplay #diy #diyproject #photodisplay #familyphotos #home #homedecor #acraftymix #instagramphotos #instax

What do you think of the idea? Is it something you would make to display all your photos?

If you like the idea of making a yardstick photo display, why not save the pin for later.

A gorgeous, fun, and simple DIY yardstick photo display for all those Instagram prints and photos. And the pegs make it easy to change them around anytime you want! #photodisplay #diy #diyproject #photodisplay #familyphotos #home #homedecor #acraftymix #instagramphotos #instax

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And as always, here’s wishing you a beautiful, crafty week filled with lots of love. Thank you for popping in for a visit.

Made with love by a Crafty Mix

Categories:   Craft Tutorials, DIY Tutorials, Home Decor Crafts, Quick & Easy Crafts

Comments

  • Posted: September 16, 2019 11:30

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    Love this idea! Super easy and a great way to display photos. I love the blocks at the bottom that's a great idea!
    • Posted: September 16, 2019 12:26

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much, Linda. The LOVE blocks do finish her off nicely. I think I may just make another one for our family photos
  • Posted: September 7, 2019 02:31

    Debbie-Dabble

    Michelle, This is absolutely adorable!! Thanks so much for stopping by!! I have been busy working on the ornaments for my Fall Kitchen Tree!! Hugs, Debbie
    • Posted: September 7, 2019 05:09

      acraftymix

      You're most welcome Debbie. I love staying in touch with you and seeing what you're up to. Isn't it amazing how this virtual world of ours let's us connect with people all over the world and become such good friends? 💞
  • Posted: September 6, 2019 05:48

    Leanna

    I really enjoyed checking out all your family photos. The idea of weights on the end of the strings is fantastic. I have done it with two strips of wood but never separate block weights. Awesome idea.
    • Posted: September 6, 2019 06:13

      acraftymix

      The blocks do make the world of difference to keep the photos hanging straight and pretty and it's a fun way to add a word or sentiment to the bottom 😉
  • Posted: September 5, 2019 19:33

    Carolann

    Oh my gosh, I love this! What a great way to display the photos. I need to get the Instax SP3 for sure and try this!
    • Posted: September 6, 2019 05:38

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Carolann. We really enjoyed laying around with the Instax and the yeardstick photo display it so easy to make too
  • Posted: September 5, 2019 15:42

    Gayle

    That's such a neat idea. I wonder if I'll be able to find a yardstick somewhere. I haven't seen a wooden one in years
    • Posted: September 5, 2019 16:35

      acraftymix

      Oh, I hope you do find one Gayle. We buy ours from a little craft shop close to where we stay but if push comes to shove you could always make one. You'll just need to find one of those stencil with numbers on, which might make it easier
  • Posted: September 4, 2019 02:30

    Mary

    Such a fun way to display your photos Michelle. Your fur babies are adorable! And the family looks so sweet! <3
    • Posted: September 4, 2019 05:37

      acraftymix

      💞 You know how we feel about our fur babies Mary. They're such a big part of our lives and we wouldn't want it any other way.
  • Posted: September 3, 2019 13:52

    Marie

    Such a great idea for hanging photos but I love your unique spin using a yardstick and blocks on the bottom. Cute fur baby photos! Now I've got to go check out that video.
    • Posted: September 3, 2019 14:18

      acraftymix

      Our fur babies love have their pics taken, especially when they're doing something crazy 😉 Glad you liked the yardstick spin on the photo display. I have so many at home that we can repurpose into something different
  • Posted: September 2, 2019 20:49

    Claire

    I love this fun way to display photos.
    • Posted: September 3, 2019 05:50

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much, Claire 😘
  • Posted: September 2, 2019 16:59

    Celeste de Beer

    I have this open space in my office I have been baffled what to do with, and NOW I KNOW.!!! Thanks Mix and Shaunie! LOOOOVE this idea soooo much!
    • Posted: September 3, 2019 05:50

      acraftymix

      💞 OooooEeeeee can't wait to see what yours looks like. I have some spare yardsticks if you want 😉

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