Super Cheap way to Create a Photowall


November 24, 2006   •   Fact checked by Dumb Little Man

Here’s a great DIY project for the weekend. Print up a ton of pictures or raid the photo album and follow me. The picture shown below is going to do a better job explaining than me so here’s the picture and the list of things you’ll need. If you decide to take a crack at it, click through to Curbly for the instructions.

I estimate the whole project took me half a day and cost me something like $60 for an 8′ x 4′ area – 28 photo holders. The majority of both the time and cost was for the wood photo boards, something that I now realize were really optional.

Here is what you’ll need for materials:

  • picture hanging wire (enough for each span to cover)
  • s-hooks – 1″ or 1.5″ open (2 per photo you want to hang, 1 if not using wood photo boards)
  • Hunt bulldog clips (1 per photo you want to hang)
  • turnbuckles (1 per span of wire; make sure one side is a hook not an eye)
  • splicing sleeves (2 per span of wire)
  • screw eyes (2 per span of wire)
  • Thumb tacks (1 per photo to hang, only needed is if using wood photo boards)
  • Some thin slats of wood cut a bit larger than the photos you want to display (1 per photo to hang)

The tools you will need:

  • Drill and small drill bit
  • Pliers
  • Saw (to cut the wood photo holders)
  • Sandpaper (to sand the wood photo holders)
  • Paint brush and stain (if you want to finish the wood photo holders)

Ready to give it a shot? Go to Curbly for the instructions.


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