DIY: Pier 1 Photo Frame

I'm in the process of making a room in our house more of an office space.
Previously, it was pretty much a waste of space. It had a random couch and small desk that didn't match thrown in the corner. The couch was never used other than by Rocky. He would sleep on it all day while we are at work. So sorry Rocky, but that isn't enough reason for me to keep it, so I sold it on Craigslist.

In the mean time, I mentioned I painted the walls from a bright red to a more neutral tan color with one chocolate brown accent wall. We've also bought a modern desk to go in the room {LOVE it..can't wait to share it} and I'm so excited about how the room is looking!

I will share 'before' and 'after' pictures once it's totally completed :)

While browsing for things for the room, I found this frame photo holder at Pier 1 listed for $28.00.

I liked the idea of it and toyed around with the idea of buying it for about 10 minutes but then the *lightbulb* came on in my head {imagine that}....
Ask hubby to help me make it!

We did it in a matter of a few days (only because we had to pick up the wire in Cleveland when we were out of town) and it was SUPER easy!

Total spent on this project: $3.50

yeah...screw you $28.00 - We're smarter than that!

Here's what you'll need:

-Empty picture frame (we used an old frame, around 8 x 11, that I had laying around and I painted it white. You can use any size/color you like!)
-Clothespins (I couldn't find them in white so I painted them white)


Since I didn't buy my frame in the color I wanted, I had to paint it white. I sanded it first and bought acrylic paint and applied 2 coats. Painted the clothespins white as well. Waited until they were dry.

Then we measured how far apart we wanted the vertical and horizontal lines to go so that I could fit enough pictures. We kind of just eyeballed it.

Billy used his hand drill and drilled the wires into the appropriate spots to create the spots for the pictures.

Last and final step was to put the clothespins on the wire and pick your favorite pictures to hang :)


Here's the final product on our wall in our new office space...

(sorry for the bad quality..taken with my iphone)

Now get busy and make your own photo holder..really easy and is different than your standard picture frame! :)

Have a great Thursday!

xo. katie


  1. LOVE this, totally going to make one for the kitchen and use it to hang all our friends kiddos photos on, yay! Thanks for the great idea, love!

  2. So cute--this is a great idea!! And, you saved some major money doing it yourself! I can't wait to see the before and after! :)

  3. WOW looks great! Loved it and I love that you DIY and saved lots of money!


  4. i saw that and I thought I could do it too! :)

  5. YAY! I'm embarrassed to say I own the "real deal" from Pier 1, but I used a coupon - haha! Very nice work.

  6. I own that frame from Pier 1 I bought it 3 years ago mine's black!


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