school house style photo frames

How to display school photos

I love getting school photos back each year! If Ramblin Rod was still going, my girls would definitely be “smile winners!” Sure, sometimes their hair is a little wacky or maybe the oldest wears something I wouldn’t have selected, but they’re school pics so I don’t care.

The first time we’ve seen a cardigan in a school pic – mama was pretty happy about this.

For me, school photos are for memorabilia and nostalgia purposes. We get family photos taken every other year and those are the ones where I select their outfits, hairstyle, and ensure they’re ready to behave. Family photo sessions cost a lot more and it’s a fun family memory because our photographer makes it so fun and easy.

Quinn selected her owl dress… this girl loves owls.

Each year when school photos come back, I want to figure out a way to display them. The girls like it, and it’s fun to see how much they’ve changed from the last year. For a few years now, I’ve clipped the 8×10 photo onto a clipboard and leaned it on a bookshelf, desktop, or hung it on the wall.

This year I wanted to incorporate their pics with our Thanksgiving decorations. We’re so thankful for our girls and I wanted the photos to be enjoyed and out where we see them often.

This easy and original way to display your kid’s school pics is fun and unique. I like the schoolhouse style with the vintage clips, as well as the frame less look.

This DIY project takes minutes and a few supplies, but I’m going to offer some alternative ideas because I realize not everyone is going to have a mitre saw or want to use one.

Tools to create easy DIY photo frame:

2″ select-pine board – cut at 9″ long
Two 1/2″ eye hooks
Two binder clips
Bakers twine (or sturdy string)
Thumbtack

Instructions for this schoolhouse style frame:

I just used a glue gun to attach the binder clips about two inches in from the edges. Then I screwed in the eye hooks along the top directly above the clips. Add whatever length of string you want and hang from a thumbtack. I placed the thumbtack behind my vintage chalkboard so that I don’t have new holes on my grid wall.

Alternative ways to display school photos:

Use a glue gun to attach the binder clips to a ruler and then glue magnets to the back of the ruler. This is a fun schoolhouse style frame if you want to post school pics on the fridge.

Instead of cutting the select-pine board at nine inches, use a longer piece to display multiple school photos across the board. Just be sure to measure equal space between the clips. You could display all your kid’s photos for that school year or one child’s photos for each school year to see how they’ve changes.

If you like the idea of displaying multiple photos along the board, consider hanging the board vertically. This could make a big impact when hung in a small space.

I’m sure there are many ways to take this concept and customize with your creativity and personal preferences. I think the customizing is what makes a DIY project so much fun! I’d love to know how you display school photos – please leave a comment here or on Instagram.

DIY Stenciled Dressers

The final touch for the bohemian master bedroom redesign was a makeover for the dressers. These mission style dressers are in perfect condition and meet the client’s needs. However, the darker stain wasn’t ideal for the light and airy vibe in their new boho room.

There are some ways to makeover wood furniture; you can paint, cover with wallpaper, and stencil, to name a few. After weighing out the options, we went with stenciling a tribal batik pattern only on the drawers of each dresser.

The pattern is perfect for this boho room, and the creamy white colored design brightens the dark wood just enough. We could have also painted the top piece the creamy white or even the entire frame, but we were conservative and subtle with our makeover approach.

Stenciling takes time and patience. It’s not a great project if you’re looking for immediate satisfaction, but the results can be stunning. Here are some times from my experience stenciling these dressers:

  • Number the drawers. I used a piece of painter’s tape inside the drawer to write the number, then I drew a sketch of the dresser and indicated each drawer’s number on the sketch. This will help you to easily put the drawers back in order – especially with the continual pattern we used.
  • Keep the hardware in order. After removing each drawer handle, I lined them up in the same order so that they could be placed back onto the same drawer.
  • Use painters tape to attach your stencil. The painters tape holds well and removes easily.
  • Paint a few drawers at a time. I used some books underneath the drawers to make them lay flat and sturdy. I lined up as many drawers that fit inside the stencil. This saves time and keeps the pattern continual.
  • Use as little as paint as possible. If the paint is too thick, it will run behind the stencil and could ruin your design. I used a towel to lift extra paint, but even then I sometimes experienced extra paint.
  • Use a sponge roller for large stencils. The roller will help keep the paint evenly distributed and covers a larger portion than a small dabbing sponge.
  • Make sure to let the paint dry before removing the stencil – or be very careful.
  • Use a craft acrylic paint. There are so many colors these days to choose from, it dries quickly, and it’s inexpensive.
  • When you seal the stenciled design, either spray or apply with one swipe of a brush. The seal will smear or even remove your design. If you don’t seal the design, it can get scratched off or worn off. Save all your hard work and just seal it with a water-based polyurethane. If you don’t have a light touch for painting, get a spray can of it instead.
  • Be sure to follow the instructions on the can of polyurethane – you want the coats to fully dry and cure before using and installing the hardware.

This awesome stencil is offered by Royal Stencils on Etsy.com. This shop includes helpful instructions and delivers a high-quality stencils. They have dozens of designs to chose from.

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Fall tablescape and dining décor

I’m totally ready for fall time, but not fall weather. Fall sweaters and cute boots, yes! Fall rain, wind, and dark skies, nope. And while I love and admire fall décor, I rarely get into myself. However, at a recent visit to my favorite local farm, Bauman’s Farm and Garden, I was inspired when I saw their mini pumpkins and gords. I decided to challenge myself to do some fall decorating using décor I already have – and only the allowance to buy pumpkins (oh, and some candy corn). I’m very happy with the results – the girls love it – and I hope you’re inspired to get creative in decorating with what you have on hand.

I removed some decor, especially pieces with a summery-vibe, but I left most. Then I started searching around the house for things that could hold pumpkins or that looked fall-ish.

I actually had a lot of fun making pom poms for the seat cushions and bookcase garland.
Even though they take forever, they’re so easy to do while watching TV.
When I created the bohemian pallet headboard, I had extra wood leftover.
I decided to make a long wood crate for the tabletop arrangement.

I used a plaid blanket scarf for a tablecloth which is perfect because it’s not scarf weather yet, and it looks great on the table. And it’s so easy to push out of the way when we eat dinner.

I moved my thankful laser-cut sign and it cracked when I was moving stuff around.
Such a bummer, but it was cute here while it lasted.

I gathered some greenery and arranged it in my galvanized bucket – I could have also stacked and balanced a few pumpkins on it.

After I decorated my mantel, I moved the galvanized cubbies
over here and changed up the look.
I’m really enjoying having this area decorated – especially since the kitchen has no fall vibes, and the mantel is still coming together.

It doesn’t have to cost a lot or even anything if you get creative and use nature as an inspiration. Large dried leaves and branches can create beautiful fall décor – you can also use your hydrangeas since they’re changing color!

I may try growing our own pumpkins next year! I think it would be fun for the girls to pick out their own pumpkin from our very own patch.

If you haven’t started your fall time decorating yet – I hope these ideas give you some inspiration when you’re ready (you can also Pin my pics for future inspiration). Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you’ll subscribe and stay connected!

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DIY bohemian pallet headboard

I quickly realized that this bohemian inspired master bedroom design needed a headboard – the macramé wall hanging looks great, but a headboard anchors the bed and everything around it (wall art, shelving, hanging plants, even nightstands). My inspiration came from another DIY project I had just completed (check out the accent wall here) and I was so excited to build this headboard that I skipped my treasured Saturday morning sleeping in to get started on it.

Driving to Lowe’s and selecting the pine boards took longer than putting the headboard together. This DIY is so easy, and even fun. The impact of this simple organic headboard completes the boho room design and looks so beautiful with the other elements!

Tools
Six-foot pallet (I cut up a 10’ pallet – but a four foot could work)
Jig saw (if you need to cut your pallet)
Hammer (to remove pallet boards from the front and even a few from the back to lighten it)
Sand paper (if necessary)
Brad nail gun
Measuring tape or ruler
One 3” x 8’ select pine board – header board for a finished look
Five 1.5” x 8’ select pine boards
Eight 2.5” x 8’ select pine boards

My pallet was about 40” tall. Depending on the height of your pallet, may affect the number of horizontal boards you need. I started with the three-inch header board and then used a small – big – big pattern. Small meaning the 1.5” boards, and big meaning the 2.5” boards. You can use any pattern you like.

Instructions

  1. Prepare the back-side of your pallet – Cut the backside pallet boards to the desired width. I used a six-foot wide base for a king-size bed.
  2. Prepare the front-side of your pallet – Use a hammer to gently pull pallet boards off of the front side. These boards will be replaced with the select pine boards.
  3. If necessary, sand any rough spots on the pallet boards.
  4. Prepare the pine boards – remove the price tags and staples from the end. Lay your pine boards out in the order of your pattern. I made sure to pick the best side of each board before installation. Tip: When you’re purchasing your boards, try to avoid bowed or marked boards.
  5. Use the brad nail gun to attach the header board. I used eight-foot long pine boards, so there was one foot of board extending past the pallet on each side. Measure both sides and line up the top header board before placing a brad nail in the center of the vertical pallet board.
  6. Use one of the small pine boards as a spacer board in between each pine board. This creates a .75” space between the boards. It’s the perfect amount of space visually and it’s convenient to use one of your existing boards.
  7. With your pine boards lined up in your desired pattern – place your spacer board against the top header board and line up your next pine board. Place one brad nail in the center of the board – you can glance at the header board to line up your nails. Then remove the spacer board and use it between the next two boards.

    Tip: Pine boards aren’t an exact eight feet long – they may be a hair off – so I used a ruler to line up the boards on the side of the headboard that would be seen the most.
  8. Once all your boards are attached – your done… almost!
  9. You can use sandpaper to touch any rough edges on the pine boards, but this isn’t necessary.
  10. DO NOT pick up the headboard by the pine boards – brad nails are not strong enough to leverage the weight. You must always handle the pallet boards to pick up, move, and install this headboard design.
  11. Installation is up to you. You may not want it attached to the wall – just pressed between your bed frame and wall. Or you may have a different way to attach it, but I used French cleats to hang the headboard onto the wall. I used small pieces of 2 x 4’ boards and cut one side at a 45 degree angle (after Jeremy showed me how to angle the mitre saw – that was scary and fun).
  12. If you use French cleats, be sure to screw them into your wall studs – pre-drill the cleats and the wall, and use wood screws.
  13. Then simply reach into your headboard to lift it from the pallet boards and hang on the cleats. Install the cleats at the height you desire. I opted for a low profile look and left the headboard an inch from the ground.
I marked where to cut my pallet – evenly on both sides so that the vertical supports were symmetrical.
I just used a jigsaw because this side of the pallet faces the wall.
Then I removed extra horizontal boards to lighten the total weight. I left boards that I would need to install the headboard to the wall.
This shot is upside down, but it shows the base cut, sanded, and lightened.
Be sure to lay out your pine boards in the pattern you want – checking each board to make sure you know what side you want face up. Then use the .75″ width as your space between each board and line up the ends.
I used French cleats to hang the headboard on the wall. A French cleat is a piece of 2×4″ board that has one end cut at a 45 degree angle. I pre-drilled the cleat and wall after finding the studs and measuring the correct height to match the board on the pallet. The 45 degree angle should face the wall. Be sure that both cleats are even so that your headboard isn’t crooked.
All done and installed! You can see the fourth board from the bottom is bowed a little, but luckily the bed will cover it.

This was a seriously easy DIY headboard and the style works with so many décor styles. I love the versatility of the design, the organic casual look, and how affordable it is. I really hope you’re inspired to take on that DIY project you’ve been thinking about. The best thing about DIY is that you learn as you go and you gain confidence for the next idea that comes to mind.

I would love to hear your comments, see your projects, or have you share this post with others to help me spread the word! Thanks so much for stopping by.

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