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  • DIY Mini Clothespin Photo Gallery Frame

    January 11, 2021

    Share all your favorite family memories in one spot with this Mini Clothespin Photo Gallery Frame. Whether you’re looking for a trendy farmhouse look, a modern bohemian vibe, or keep it clean and classy, you can create a mini gallery to fit your home décor style with your choice of frame options. The country-chic style of our Alston picture frame is the perfect base to create a rustic gallery frame for the Fixer Upper look.  Add some painted and distressed clothespins and you’re all set to display photos or mementos in your home in an artful way.

    DIY Mini Gallery Frame Supplies

    Supplies:

    • 14 x 16” Alston Frame 
    • Mini wood clothespins
    • Cardboard box
    • Acrylic paint – grey and bronze
    • Optional: sandpaper
    • Paintbrush and palette (or paper plate)
    • Twine
    • Drill
    • (6) Screw Eyes

      Painted Clips

    To go with the distressed look of our Alston Frame, paint your clothespins with a similar effect.  Clip your clothespins onto a box so it’s easy to paint both sides. Paint with a layer of grey paint to cover.

    Put just a little bronze paint on your brush and dab it off on a piece of scrap paper. Lightly brush your clothespins to leave light streaks, but not enough to cover the surface. This creates an aging effect.

    If you felt too much was put on in certain areas, use a piece of sandpaper to rub some off and create the desired distressed effect.

    Marks on Frame

    Turn your fame face down and use a ruler and pencil to mark 3 holes on the left and 3 holes on the right side. Do your best to make sure they are even!

    Screw eyes into holes

    Drill a small hole on each mark.

    Screw the screw eyes into these holes.

    String Twine Across

    Tie (3) pieces of twine to each screw eye, attaching it to the other on the other side.

    Mini Clothesline Gallery Frame

    Once secured, your mini gallery is ready to be filled. Clip your recent favorite photos or treasured family portraits onto the twine strings. If desired, you could also clip memorabilia or letter cutouts spelling a special message.

    Final Gallery Frame Cropped

    Consider creating this mini gallery frame as a gift for Mother’s Day, as an accessory for a first birthday party, or to display photos through the years at a graduation celebration!

    DIY Mini Gallery Frame Pinterest


    About The Author

    Tara Nehil Headshot Tara Nehil is author of SpotOfTeaDesigns.com, a lifestyle blog sharing home décor, crafts, party inspiration and parenting lessons learned the hard way. Her graphic design background is evident in the home she lives in and styles with her husband of 8 years and 2 young daughters. Follow her creative journey for photo tutorials, printables, budget-friendly decorating tips and ways to celebrate occasions big and small.
  • Installing Picture Frame Hanging Hardware

    January 04, 2021

    Here at Custom Picture Frames, we ship your handcrafted picture frames, shadow boxes and canvas frames right to your door with everything you need to put them on display. Installing your hanging hardware can be tricky, so we've put together some easy-to-follow instructions to help our customers!

    Follow along with the steps below to install the hanging hardware onto your custom frames. Or download our Hanging Hardware PDF here

    If you're hanging a canvas frame, see how to properly install your canvas using canvas clips or offset clips first!

    Sawtooth Hangers Hanging Instructions

    A sawtooth hanger is the perfect hanging hardware for small, lightweight frames. Easy to install, these hangers get attached directly to the back of the frame, and from there you can easily hang your frame on a nail in your wall.  

    When you select "sawtooth hanger" while customizing your custom frame, here's what you'll receive in your hanging hardware packet:

    • Sawtooth Hangers

    Sawtooth Hanger

    To install a sawtooth hanger on your custom frame, you'll need: 

    • A hammer
    • Measuring tape or ruler
    • Pen or pencil

     

    Installing Your Sawtooth Hangers

    Sawtooth Hanging Instructions

    Measure the top of your frame to determine the center point.

    Sawtooth Hanging Instructions 2

    Mark the center point and line up the sawtooth hanger with the teeth facing the bottom of the frame.

    Sawtooth Hanging Instructions 3

    Lightly hammer the ends of the sawtooth hanger to attach it to the frame. 

    Place a nail in the wall and hang the picture from the sawtooth hanger.

    D-Ring Hanging Instructions

    D-Ring hardware, also known as wood frame hangers, strap hangers or mirror hangers, is the perfect hanging solution for frames big and small. This hanging option, with or without the wire, is a great way to secure and display your picture frames. Our D-ring hangers have Multiple screw holes to reduce the possibility of hanger failure due to screw tear-out.

    Here is what's included in your D-ring hanging hardware packet: 

    D-Ring Hardware

    • D-rings
    • Screws
    • Wire

    Other supplies you'll need to install your D-ring hangers: 

    • Screwdriver
    • Wirecutters
    • Measuring tape or ruler
    • Pen or pencil

    Installing Your D-Ring Hangers

    D-Ring Instructions 1

    Measure the sides of your frame and make a mark 1/3 of the way down from the top on both sides.

    D-Ring Instructions 2

    Attach a D-ring using the provided screws to each side with the ring facing up.

    D-Ring Instructions 3

    String the wire through the first D-ring, leaving approximately 2 inches of slack.

    D-Ring Instructions 4 

    Loop the wire a second time and wrap it around itself to secure it.

    D-Ring Instructions 5

    Extend the wire across the back of the frame to the other D-ring, leaving some slack in the wire. 

    D-Ring Instructions 6

    Thread the wire through the 2nd D-ring and trim, giving yourself 2 inches to secure.

    D-Ring Instructions 6

    Repeat the steps to secure the wire to the 2nd D-ring by looping the wire a second time and wrapping it around itself. 

    For further assistance, please contact customer service.

    If you have any additional questions about installing hardware and/or hanging your custom frames, don't hesitate to reach out to the team! Our framing experts can be reached at [email protected]

  • Installing Canvases Into A Canvas Frame

    January 04, 2021

    Framing a canvas helps to add those finishing touches whether it's a piece of art or a canvas print of your favorite family photos. However, you might be confused with the hardware that goes along with this. Installing a canvas into a canvas frame is easy if you follow these steps. 

    We illustrated exactly how you should be installing your canvases into your new custom frames. Keep scrolling to see how!

    Canvas Clips Installation Instructions

    A canvas clip is a tension clip that holds a canvas in the frame. We send a preset number of clips with each canvas frame based on the size.

    Your canvas clip packet will include: 

    Canvas Clip Hardware

    • Canvas clips
    • Screws

    You'll also need the following to attach your clips: 

    • Screwdriver

    How To Install Canvas Clips

    Canvas Clip Installation 1

    Lay the clips out equally around the back of the frame so they can best support the canvas. 

    Canvas Clip Installation 2

    The side of the clip with the hole goes on the frame. The clip's arch should point towards the back of the frame. 

    Canvas Clip Installation 3

    Attach the clip to the frame with the screws provided.

    Offset Clips Installation Instructions

    Securing your canvas in your floater frame is easy with offset clips. Depending on the size of your frame, we send a preset amount that will keep your canvas safe and secure in your frame.

    Your canvas clip packet will include: 

    Offset Clip Hardware

    • Offset clips
    • Screws

    You'll also need the following to attach your clips: 

    • Screwdriver

    How To Install Offset Clips

    Offset Clip Installation 1

    Line up the miter lines of the frame and stretched canvas.

    Offset Clip Installation 2

    We send a preset number of clips with each floater frame based on the size. Lay the clips out equally around the back of the frame so they can best support your canvas. 

    Offset Clip Installation 3

    Attach the offset clip to the canvas with the screws provided.

    For extra stability, secure the clip to the frame with the remaining screws. 

    Once the canvas is installed inside the frame, you can add the hanging hardware. Learn how to properly install your chosen hanging hardware here. 

    For further assistance, please contact customer service.

    If you have any additional questions about installing hardware and/or hanging your custom frames, don't hesitate to reach out to the team! Our framing experts can be reached at [email protected]