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diy project: ashley’s wooden spool photo holders

by Kate Pruitt

long time readers may remember ashley’s amazing wooden palette day bed from last year. i love the way her projects manage to blend a worn-in vintage look into a stylish modern setting. these adorable photo holders are no exception; the vintage spool turns the image into a little sculpture! you can swap the images out easily, prop them wherever you please, and best of all, you don’t have to¬† buy any expensive frames. it’s a great way to have more photos¬† around the house without having all of them displayed in uniform fashion, and these take about thirty seconds to make. CLICK HERE to read more about this project and see more of ashley’s beautiful photography work. thanks for sharing, ashley! –kate

CLICK HERE for the full how-to after the jump!


– hand saw
– wooden spools (you can often find vintage ones on ebay or at flea markets, but new ones look great too)
– sand paper
– photographs


1. Slowly saw a slit in the spool. Getting it started is the hardest part, go slow. Once you get past the edges it cuts very easily.

2. Saw all the way to the middle and make the opening large enough to fit the mounted photos. Sand the wood down.

3. Slide your photo into the slot. Larger photos may require a spool on either edge.


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