DIY {wire frames}

I will preface this by saying this is not genius, original, or my idea…I saw it years ago somewhere…who knows where now. Preface is now over.

I like to change pictures, drawings, little items out all the time. Frames with glass make that difficult, so one alternative I use is frames with wire. This is a super cheap and easy way to display photos and other items. I thought I’d share a little tutorial on how to make your own. I purchased 8 frames from Hobby Lobby for $1.00 each. These eventually will make their way to Chris’ office, but seeing how they have been in my “to do” closet for 4 months it will probably be a while.


Wood frames (the cheaper the better, because the wood isn’t hard)

Small screw eyes

Wire (steel, threaded, braided – anything that is bendable)

Step 1: Remove glass from frame. Spray paint the color you want. Mine were just brown wood…I painted them black.

Step 2: Mark where you want the wire to go. On an 8×10 vertical frame, I marked it 2.5 inches down. You can do it vertically or horizontally…and more than one wire depending on your frame.

Step 3: Screw the eye hooks into the wood in the spot you marked. If your wood is soft enough you should be able to do this by hand. If it is harder you mind need pliers to help…you might even have to pre-drill the hold. This is where cheaper frames make it better.

Step 4: Thread the wire through one hook and wind it around about an inch long (if you don’t mind this area showing. I don’t). One tied on one side, pull it tight through the other hook and tie again.

Now just add pictures, drawings, paper clippings, whatever….there are tons of ways to hold the items to the wire too. I just used paper clips here.

Here are some pictures of how I did this in Baby Sister’s room.

The first is her Cora Pin from Joy’s Hope. I used the pin already attached to the flower to hold it to the wire. It kind of looks like it is floating.

Here I used clothespins to hold vintage hankies to the wire.

And on a different note…our dirt arrived. Boy Heaven.

Next year I am going to order more dirt and all the boys are having dirt birthday parties. It would require a lot less work and I think they might just enjoy it more. And I would be the coolest mom ever among the preschool – first grade crowd.

Disclaimer…yes, I know it is sandy. Yes, we will be doing a lot to it before it makes its way to the garden.



I think I finally made it through all my reader’s etsy stores. If you posted a link and you haven’t see your store listed on a post or in the Shopping in Your PJs page, leave a comment on this post. Several of you had your stores closed when I went to feature an item, if you are back open leave a comment on this post.

Lucky you, I have several weeks of reader store giveaways lined up! Some fun stuff…

For those of you with shops that aren’t on etsy, I plan on doing a little feature on those later…just a heads up.

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  • Alba - i really like the idea, I’ll have to go to Ikea for cheap frames (what a pitty ;-). you will be the coolest mum in my school, may I have MY birthday party there???? please

  • meg duerksen - i have two BIG frames with wires across that i made…..but they have sat empty ever since! i have lost my motivation. 🙂
    i need to actually order a photo (or 100) to put up.
    too much to do.

    when our wood chip mountain arrives my kids are always so happy.
    my girls would probably not go for a dirt mountain. they are too girly. ha.

  • Ashley - Now take some advice from a mother of 4 boys. Have a plumber install a hot/cold spigot outside, go to a farm supply store and buy a big black feed trough, and proceed to bathe dirty boys outside all summer long. Your bathroom will thank you!

  • Elizabeth - I’d be happy to do a giveaway…..with my Etsy shop…when you do those! Thanks for your wonderful blog!!

  • Holly Lesue - I love that idea! Our house is still needing to be decorated after moving in um…November 2008! Thanks for sharing.

    And here’s another link to my Etsy shop.

    Thanks Ashley!

  • Teresa J - I love this DIY yourself idea. I am definitely going to use the idea which you got from someone else 🙂 I love passing on creative things!

  • Ruth - So fun. Must try! Thanks for the dirt pics…with four boys at my house, I need the reminder that THIS.IS.NORMAL. Also…are you still taking giveaways from etsy shops? (Mine is a bit eclectic, but all in the realm of pretty accessories…okay, and a few paintings!) Let me know if you could or would like another etsy shop giveawya–I’d love to participate!

  • Ethel White - Do you remember where you got the picture frame in baby girl’s room that has the lattice work?

  • Shannon - I love the pic of those dirty legs, you are so nice to let them get all crazy in the dirt! And I wanted to say thank you again for including my shop in your shop in your jammies page. I have had so much fun browsing others shops and planning ways to spend my hard earned paypal earnings, LOL!

  • Jaimie - The dirt parties sound so fun!

    Thanks so much for featuring my shop and my piece!

  • jessica h - okay, I am officially addicted to Etsy and all things lovely….

  • jessica h - oh, and the dirt looks like SO MUCH FUN! The boys’ expressions tell it all 🙂

  • Abby - I love the idea with the frames. How great for school art (when the time comes in our house!)

    My sister and I also run an etsy shop, We sell premade scrapbook pages and embellishments.

  • Kara - love this idea! I think even I can do it–and I am NOT crafty! Thanks!

  • Emily - Love, Love this blog. I really love how you let your kids play! I would never think to let mine play in the dirt…but I love it.

    My store link is:

    Thank you!

  • cally - you’re awesome. I love this.

  • Rachel Ridd - hands down, your daughter has the best nursery that I have ever seen! She’s one lucky lady 🙂

  • Kate - Hi!! I’d be honored to send something for a giveaway…

  • karen davis - I now have a shop open on Etsy (as of yesterday!) and I as well would be happy to do a giveaway, just keep me posted!

    Thank you, Karen

  • Sarah - Such a NEAT idea. 🙂 I will be definitely trying this out! Can not wait 😉 And the dirt looks very fun…

  • nori - i love that you featured all your readers’ stores… awesome stuff!!! here’s mine…

  • FP Wear - Better late than never! What a nicely curated shopping window you’ve put up for all of us to press our grimy noses against. I’m also up for an Etsy shop giveaway, if you’re looking for more!

  • melissa wood - Ok, I’m a blog stalker of yours. I am just in love with all your fun projects, your a-mazing photographs, and just the over-all feel of your blog. Definitely an inspiring one for sure!

    Anyway, I was pretty jazzed to see that you highlighted the ETSY store, Small Grapes, on this post b/c they are selling my sister’s and my fabric line that you displayed (Rainy Days and Mondays line). Anyway, I thought it was pretty cool, and just wanted to let you know that I’m a fan of ALL you do!

    Thanks for being a bright spot in my day!

    p.s. we’re doing a giveaway of 18 fat quarters from our fabric line probably next week, I’ll let you know when we do it and you can invite your readers if you’d like.

  • Sarah S - Aw, I’m sad I missed this. If you feature shops again, here’s mine if you think it’s worthy!

  • Kim - I just made your wire frame and will use it to organize my earrings. Thanks for the idea and helpful hints.

  • to paint | behind the gate - […] little lenna is finally getting a crib and a more permanent carved out space to call her own.  today i was scanning the martha stewart paint palette, and i immediately envisioned her room:  slate gray walls with mustard yellow, gray, and white curtains, a black jenny lind crib, my brother’s old dresser painted black with shiny new hardware.  and then i tallied the cost and got exhausted just thinking about the process.  alternate plan is to leave the wall color as is, paint the old dresser white, buy a crib and bumper and call it a day.  it was fun to think about, though.  there are still a few creative juices flowing, even if it doesn’t involve gray walls.  i’m eyeing this wreath and a couple wire frames. […]

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  • angela - Hi! What size frame is the one with the pictures clothespins? I just got all the supplies i needed, but the frame was to small, it looked weird. I think mine is 8×10. Thanks!

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