Make a Renter-Friendly Magnetic Photo Display in 3 Easy Steps

Make a Renter-Friendly Magnetic Photo Display in 3 Easy Steps

Amelia Lawrence
Sep 12, 2017
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I love hanging on to old photos, heartfelt cards, and fun prints and postcards from my various travels, but it's hard to figure out how to display them without buying a dozen different frames, or haphazardly attaching them to my wall with washi tape. But that doesn't have to be the case — thanks to magnets. With a handful of supplies and 30-minutes or less of your time, you can dress your walls up and display all your favorite prints with this easy photo display tutorial. Similar to a magnetic knife rack you might see in a kitchen, this project combines the forces of magnets with trendy metallics in three steps. Yes, I said three!

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What You Need

Materials (to make one display)

Tools

  • Glue gun
  • Paint brush

Instructions
Step 1. Paint your wooden sticks using the gold leafing paint. This will give them the look of brass, without the cost or weight.

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Step 2. Hot glue your extra strong magnets about every other inch along the back of the 1-inch thick stick. Make sure the magnets align with the bottom edge of the stick, leaving enough room at the top for your 1/8-inch stick.

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Step 3. Hot glue the thinner stick to the back, just above the magnets. It should fit right above without showing on the front of the 1-inch stick. Then you're all set to hang and display.

(Image credit: Amelia Lawrence)
(Image credit: Amelia Lawrence)

To hang, grab 2 push pins and essentially rest the smaller wood piece on top of each push pin. (You can use a level to make sure it's level with the ground), and then add your photos using your display magnets.

(Image credit: Amelia Lawrence)
(Image credit: Amelia Lawrence)
(Image credit: Amelia Lawrence)

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