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This Budget-Friendly DIY is a Genius Way to Transform Walls

DIY photo boards using plywood
Courtney Ryall

Interchangeable DIY photo boards are a fantastic way to display memories, artwork or inspirational quotes while giving you the flexibility to switch things up as often as you’d like. Creating your own photo boards from plywood is not only budget-friendly but also allows you to customize them to match your decor perfectly. Follow these simple steps to craft your very own DIY photo boards.

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Materials Required:

  • ¼” Plywood sheets (cut to 6×9 inches)
  • Mitre saw
  • Orbital sander
  • Jig Saw
  • 120 grit sandpaper
  • Sawtooth picture hangers
  • Wooden clothespins
  • Industrial adhesive
  • Hammer and nails
  • Photos or small pieces of artwork

DIY photo boards
Courtney Ryall

Step 1 – Cut Plywood Pieces

Using a mitre saw, carefully cut the plywood sheets into 6×9 inch pieces. Take your time to ensure precise cuts for a professional finish.

DIY photo boards
Courtney Ryall

Step 2 – Round the edges

Using a small circular object, trace a rounded edge onto the 4 corners of each piece of plywood.  Use a jigsaw to cut the corners into a rounded shape.

DIY photo boards
Courtney Ryall

Step 3 – Sand

Once the plywood pieces are cut, use an orbital sander fitted with 120 grit sandpaper to smooth out the sides and edges.

Step 4 – Paint, Stain or Seal

At this point, you can paint or stain your boards for a custom look!  Be sure to seal with a clear coat to protect your boards.

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Step 5 – Sawtooth Picture Hangers

Flip each plywood piece over and attach a sawtooth picture hanger to the back using a hammer and nails. Ensure they are centered and securely attached to support the weight of the photo boards.

DIY photo boards
Courtney Ryall

Step 6 – Add Wooden Clothespins

Apply industrial adhesive to the back of two wooden clothespins and firmly press them onto the front of each photo board. Allow the adhesive to dry completely.

DIY photo boards
Courtney Ryall

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Step 7 – Plan Placement on Wall

Before hanging your photo boards, plan their arrangement on the wall. Consider spacing, symmetry, and overall aesthetic appeal. Once you’re satisfied with the layout, mark the positions with a pencil.

Step 8 – Hang Photo Boards:

Using the marks as a guide, tap in nails or insert wall anchors into the drywall at the designated spots. Ensure the nails are level and securely in place.

Step 9 – Display Your Photos:

Now comes the fun part! Insert your favourite photos, artwork, or notes into the wooden clothespins on each photo board. Mix and match to create a display that reflects your personal style. Feel free to make any adjustments or add more photo boards as needed.

DIY photo boards
Courtney Ryall
DIY photo boards
Courtney Ryall

Creating photo boards from plywood is a simple yet impactful DIY project that allows you to showcase your creativity and cherished memories. With just a few materials and some basic tools, you can transform any wall into a personalized gallery that tells your unique story.

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