DIY Retro Photo Holder

Instagram aside, I have always been a photo taker. Since my days with a disposable camera, photos have always been my thing. As time has moved on my subjects have changed but my love for a camera hasn’t! My home is awash with framed moments littering the walls, which I love. That said, I do find the effort involved in changing framed photographs tedious. I take so many great pictures of the kids these days, and I really like to try and keep them updated. The boys love having current pictures on the walls that we can look at and talk about – I feel it gives us a great opportunity to discuss recent memories we have made! This DIY Retro Photo Holder is the perfect solution for displaying our recent adventures! The photos can be easily changed, and it can hold 16 retro sized prints.

How to create a DIY Retro Photo Holder

This whole project was inspired by an old battered frame with broken glass which I came across when clearing the shed. My husband bought a framed print at a market in Blackrock a couple of years ago which I re-framed. For some reason I decided to hold on to the one, and now I’m so glad I did. Depending on the look you are going for you could easily use a modern/new frame or whatever you have about the house that needs a little up-cycling!

What You Will Need

  • A square/rectangular frame
  • Twine
  • Thumb tacks
  • Miniature Craft Pegs
  • Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (or similar product)
  • Annie Sloan Dark Wax (or similar product)

What to Do

  1. Remove any backing from the frame. Using chalk paint and wax, achieve desired colour and finish. No prep is required for these type of products which is ideal. I used a combination of dark wax and sanding to achiveve an old world looking finish.
  2. Measure out your rectangle and run 4 twine ropes across the back of the rectangle at equal intervals. Pin the twine  in place using a thumb tack on each side
  3. Attached four miniature craft pegs to each twine line.
  4. Hang your prints and voila!*Stores like the Art & Hobby Store and The Range are great for picking up craft pegs and nice twine.


I generally use the wonderful LALALAB App or website to order my vintage prints (12x10cm). If you fancy some free credits, simply use the referral code PG7JDPZX to get you started! The quality of the prints is fantastic and they come very quickly (in lovely packaging may I add!). The fact that you can order prints straight from your phone and instagram makes keeping your print frame up to date even easier. On a side note, if you are looking for more great ways to organise and display your precious moments, check out these great flipbooks from Optimal Print.


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