DIY Nautical Photo Frames

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nautical frames DIY

This unusual find was catching my eye at the thrift store... 
so I bought 2.

The clips on this doohickey made me think of something I've wanted to make for a while.

nautical frames DIY

I began by cutting 5 1/2 inch boards into squares.

nautical frames DIY

I sanded each board then added one of the hooks from 
the thrift store find to each board.

nautical frames DIY

Each board was painted and stained with dark wax.

I used painter's tape to section off a space to add a stripe. 

The stripe was an after thought... usually you would paint the stripe first and then wax. 

But because I used chalk paint, the paint sticks to the wax.

nautical frames DIY

I tied a nautical knot to each clip. The colors and the jute
reminds me of beachy, nautical decor.

nautical frames DIY

nautical frames DIY

Each board has a sawtoothed hanger on the back for hanging.

nautical frames DIY

They can be hung alone or in a gallery display.

nautical frames DIY

The vintage photos look gorgeous in their new frames.

* Yep, that little cutie is me.

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  1. Very nice! Question: why did you add the clips prior to painting?

    1. LOL I did not... I was just laying them there for the picture so we could see how they would look!

  2. great quickie project and fabulous upcycle of those clips! :)

    love seeing those old pics of you!


  3. These are so cute Susan! I just love them.
    Adina @ Simply Country Life

  4. These ate so neat! Great upcycle :) what was the "doomahickey" to begin with?

    Hope your Wednesday is blessed!


    1. Not so sure but maybe it is for hanging "unmentionables" in the laundry room?

  5. Susan.... love this!!! Adding to my to-do list :) Hugs.

  6. This is really cute. Love this idea! I love anything nautical. I cant help but to think of what the doohickey was in the first place. Maybe used in a photo processing dark room? Thanks for sharing!!!


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