Create these beautiful Nailhead Photo Boards to display your favorite family pictures! The nail heads add lovely interest to the photo boards and leave no need for gluing your precious photos!
Raise your hand if you’ve ever taken family photos and never got any of them printed. What about your wedding photos… Are they hanging on the wall or in a box stuffed in the closet?
Yeah, I’m totally guilty of this! We starting renovating a house here in Indiana shortly after we got married, so I wanted to wait until we moved to do anything with the pictures. A year and a half later, and I’m just now getting around to this project! Better late than never, right?
There are so many ways to create photo boards, but this is by far my favorite. A lot of tutorials have you glue the photo onto the board and paint Mod Podge over the top to seal it in place. That method works great, but using Mod Podge can sometimes be a huge, sticky mess, especially if you’re working with a large project like this one. I didn’t want to risk messing up these beautiful 11 x 14 prints with uneven Mod Podge lines! With this method you attach the photo to the board using thumbtacks or upholstery nails. Easy, cheap, and very pretty!
thumbtacks or upholstery nails
I wanted nice, big 11 x 14 prints of my cute boys for this project, so I chose to use MDF. I found a 1/2″ 2′ x 4′ MDF panel at Menard’s for $8.27, which I could make several photo boards from. I measured 11 1/2″ x 14 1/2″ rectangles on the MDF with a tape measure and pencil, and cut them out with a jigsaw.
* If you’re using a different size of photo, just add 1/2″ to the length and width of your photo size for the board measurements. This will leave a small border around your photo that looks really nice.
I wanted a nice, thick photo board, so I glued two pieces of MDF together with wood glue. You can certainly use just one for a thinner photo board, or go ahead and use two like I did. Whatever floats your boat!
* Clamps are a great thing to have during times like this! I didn’t have any, so I just weighted down the glued pieces with stacks of books. I didn’t get as tight of a seal between the boards without using clamps, so I chose to caulk the gap to make it look like one seamless board. I’m not the best caulker in the world, as evident by the next photo, but it did the job! No one will really be looking at the sides anyway. 🙂
So that’s the basics of creating the photo boards! Now for the fun finishing touches: I picked up some upholstery nails from the hardware store for just over a dollar, but I wasn’t crazy about the bright silver finish. I wanted a darker nailhead, like my inspiration from the Shanty 2 Chic girls.
Want to know the easiest way to paint small hardware like this? Stick them in foam blocks, and you can spray paint them all the way around without having to flip or turn them over! I love this trick.
I sprayed the nail heads with a gorgeous oil-rubbed bronze paint, which I’ve been in love with ever since making my mason jar soap dispensers. It’s a beautiful metallic that goes well with just about anything.
I got these 11 x14 prints from Walgreens for about $11 each. I could seriously just kiss those cheeks for days.
Okay, final step! I centered the photo on my board, and gently hammered the nails into each corner to secure the photo. A tiny bit of the paint did come off when I hammered the nails, but I just touched it up when I was all done. I sprayed a little bit of the spray paint onto a paper plate and used a small paint brush to carefully dab the paint on the nail heads.
And here’s the finished product!
Can you tell this little guy is a total devil? He’s going to give his Momma a run for her money and break a few hearts in his lifetime, I’m sure…
This was a super simple project and looks much more original than a typical picture frame hanging on a wall. I can’t wait to get some shelves up in my living room to put these on! I paid for the MDF, upholstery nails, and photos, and everything else I had on hand. My total was about $15 per board INCLUDING the photo! Not too shabby at all, considering you’ll pay $30-$60+ for someone else to do one in this size!
Here’s my other cutie that I cannot believe is already 8 years old. This picture perfectly captures his sweet, loving, generous nature. I could just eat him up!
So get those old photos out of the closet and put them out on display! All the cool kids are doing it. 😉
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