I know I’m not alone in having a ton of cute photos that just hang out in digital land, largely forgotten. So the idea of having easy, interchangable frames is very appealing to me, and obviously not a novel idea. Some years ago I strung some twine on an open frame and hung pics with clothespins. But it looked a little too disheveled for me.
So I decided to give it another shot with a cleaner, more orderly design. I wanted to be able to hang both portrait and landscape shots, but I didn’t want to mix them since I wanted all of the margins to be the same (like I said, I wanted neat!). So I made two frames, each 18″ x 24″, one for portraits and one for landscapes.
- 2 @ 19.5″ horizontal frame
- 2 @ 24″ vertical frame
- 2 @ 18″ – cleats
- 2 @ 6″ – cleats
18″ x 24″ plywood sheet (I used 3/8″ thick)
- To construct the frame, drill single pocket holes into the thin side of each of the vertical frame pieces.
- Attach the top and bottom frame pieces with pocket screws. The frame will be will be a little wobbly, but don’t worry, the plywood will shore it right up.
- Attach the 18″ cleats to the top and bottom frames using glue, flush to the back of the frame. Attach the smaller cleats to the vertical frame pieces.
- Finish the frame as desired. I stained mine with Minwax Puritan Pine, then added a couple of coats of polycrylic.
- To get the spacing right, I drew the lines as shown below, then tapped a nail into each intersection to mark the correct spot for each cup hook.
- After marking the spots, finish the plywood as desired. I painted mine white then added a couple of coats of polycrylic.
- Insert the plywood into the frame, gluing it to the cleats.
- Screw the cup hooks into the spots marked in step 4. Hang your cute pics from bulldog clips on the cup hooks, and admire!
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