Pegs, Wool And Wood – A D.I.Y Polaroid Photo Frame.

For our recent Rough Luxe inspired Real Bride shoot I created a Rough Luxe photo holder. A simple painted wooden frame with wool stretched across it, finished off with mini wooden pegs to grip on to your chosen images.

Today I thought I would show you how easy it is to make one of these little ‘washing lines’ for your photographs. It’s a great bit of decor for your reception venue that will not only look ace but also entertain your guests.

You’ve Been Framed

All you need is some very basic tools to make the frame – a pencil, a saw and a set square. Don’t worry if your set square isn’t as snazzy and pink as mine. A normal boring set square will work just as well.

Cut your wood (which you can get from any hardware store for a couple of quid) at right angles and assemble your frame. The frame doesn’t need to be too strong so you should be fine to just stick the wood together with PVA glue. If your cutting skills aren’t quite up to Nick Knowles standards don’t worry – if you have a few gaps on your joins you can use a bit of filler to smooth everything out before applying paint to suit your colour scheme.

A Wooly Wonder

Once your frame is cut, stuck and painted it’s time to get the wool out. I went for a grey to match the frame but you could use contrasting colours instead. Wool is quite good at gripping so you should be able to wrap the wool around the frame a few times and not worry about it slipping or moving too much. Tie the wool off at the back of the frame.

The mini pegs are available from Hobbycraft and I think they work really well. You could of course scale up this whole project and use normal size pegs.

A Picture Paints A Thousand Words

You can use any photographs you like – Maybe pictures of you and your partner growing up… Images from stag and hen do’s could work well (if they are suitable!) or perhaps images of your guests.

For our Real Bride shoot, whilst Christian and Erica Ward were taking the official shots, I was skulking around with my polaroid camera like some kind of sickly paparazzi (I had a severe case of man-flu) snapping some behind the scenes shots to use in my photo frame.

If you are organised enough – it would be great to collect together polaroids taken during your wedding day and display those at your reception. It’s still a bit magical to see proper photographs printed and displayed so quickly after they have been taken.

So there you go.

It is a beyond simple idea that is so easy to create but it does look great. Also, everyone loves looking at photographs so a few of these dotted around your reception venue will be the perfect ice-breaker. And of course the colour, size and shape of the frame as well as the type and amount of photographs you use can all be adapted to suit your colour scheme and the size of your reception venue.

For a more luxurious finish you could use thin ribbon instead of wool and you can get mini silver pegs from Hobbycraft that look well bling. For a more rustic effect you could use string and leave the wood unpainted or perhaps even source some battered old timber to use.


Author: Adam Crohill
Adam likes Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain.

13 thoughts on “Pegs, Wool And Wood – A D.I.Y Polaroid Photo Frame.

  1. I knew I’d love this post from the title. I’m doing something similar for my table plan – same structure with maps on pegs instead of photographs. I got some really cute pegs from Gisela Graham, my new absolute favourite please-can-I-have-everything-you’ve-ever-made home and gift designer. (I’m not even exaggerating, my H2B has actually banned me from buying anything else.)
    Also, as a little cheat, I bought empty wood frames from Hobbycraft for about £2 in the sale.
    Loving your work xx

  2. I love this idea! I am a scrap photo/paper obsessive and have lined most of our flat walls with big wire frames to make giant scrapbooks already. Going to definately be making a few of these for dotting around our wedding, thanks very much for the tips on how to make them and great ideas of what to include in them too – gives the guests something to look at and read as the night wears on! x

  3. ‘well bling’ – Adam, you’re just great. Well going.

    I cannot craft anything to save my life. I spent £46 in Fred aldous and spent a whole day attempting to craft photovooth props. £46 and I managed four and a lot of waste.

  4. Good work! If you had a polaroid photo booth you could also start with all your guests names on blank card, which they then replace with their photo as the day progresses. Does that make sense?! Then your bridesmaids would know which guests to chase to get involved in the photo booth 😉

    Chloe x

  5. That is so clever, was thinking of doing like a washing line with the photos pegged on but might just do this instead! Thank you Adam 🙂 x

  6. Adam: Thanks for the idea!

    Chloe: I just had the same idea as well using it as our guest book and the other half thought that it’s brilliant… so off to Hobby Craft we go! :))

  7. i am crazy in love with this website, i am brazilian and i am going to get married with an english man in december! so i wanna say thank you for inspiring so much my wedding!!!

  8. I love this idea, we are doing something similar but using photos of the grandparents from back in the day so we can hang the frame after the big day

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