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A cute way to display some of your favourite images
I have made a couple of these photo boards now. They are lots of fun and good for presents. I finally remembered to have my camera with me during the process. This one is for a silent auction at a fundraiser in a couple of weeks.
Enjoy!

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  • How to make a photo holder. Photo Board - Step 1
    Step 1

    Get your plywood ready. A good size photo board for standard photos or postcards is 45cm x 65cm. My hardware store wouldn't cut it for me so I had to use a stanley knife

  • How to make a photo holder. Photo Board - Step 2
    Step 2

    I cut the wood by scoring the line a number of times with the knife, then flipping and repeating on the other side

    Then, gently bend the wood and it should break along the cuts

  • How to make a photo holder. Photo Board - Step 3
    Step 3

    Sand off the rough edge

  • How to make a photo holder. Photo Board - Step 4
    Step 4

    Decide on your material combination. I like to have a different colour for the top section that won't have any photos on it

  • How to make a photo holder. Photo Board - Step 5
    Step 5

    Cut material to size. It doesn't have to be too exact as it wraps around the back, but make sure you leave plenty to cover the wood.

    Lay it out as you want it on the final board

    Measurements:
    Striped - 25cm x 65cm
    Peacocks - 55cm x 65cm

    ** Note: The striped material I wanted to use wasn't quite wide enough, and so the two widths don't quite match. This really didn't matter as there was still enough to wrap around the sides

  • How to make a photo holder. Photo Board - Step 6
    Step 6

    Flip the top material down and pin across the top, right sides together

  • How to make a photo holder. Photo Board - Step 7
    Step 7

    Sew together at top

  • How to make a photo holder. Photo Board - Step 8
    Step 8

    Press seam apart

  • How to make a photo holder. Photo Board - Step 9
    Step 9

    Position material on top of board where you want it to end up

    Cut out design from felt and lay in place

  • How to make a photo holder. Photo Board - Step 10
    Step 10

    Lift up each letter and glue in place with the hot glue gun

    In the past I have used cotton and hand stitched them in place which also looks really cute

  • How to make a photo holder. Photo Board - Step 11
    Step 11

    To make the pegs:

    Place a little hot glue on the back of each button (I used 12)

  • How to make a photo holder. Photo Board - Step 12
    Step 12

    Press a peg onto each button before the glue hardens

  • How to make a photo holder. Photo Board - Step 13
    Step 13

    Finished button pegs!

  • How to make a photo holder. Photo Board - Step 14
    Step 14

    Place the wadding sheet (65cm x 85cm) under the material and line it all up

    Making sure it is all straight and where you want it to end up, flip the whole lot upside down

    Fold over one of the short edges and secure in place with the staple gun

    **Note: Using the staple gun is a very quick and easy method to secure the material. Unfortunately this time the ply wood I bought was too thin, and the staples came all the way through the other side. I then had to resort to the glue gun, which took a lot longer as each layer needs to be glued separately

  • How to make a photo holder. Photo Board - Step 15
    Step 15

    Attach two shorter edges first and make sure the material is tight and smooth. Then fold in corners and attach longer edges

  • How to make a photo holder. Photo Board - Step 16
    Step 16

    Trimming as you go may make it a little easier to fold over and secure the material

  • How to make a photo holder. Photo Board - Step 17
    Step 17

    Cut the ribbon into 3 lengths (about 65cm each). Secure the first ribbon over the material join by stapling or gluing ends to the back of the board

    When securing the second side of the ribbon, ensure there is enough tension to make the ribbon keep its shape when photos are hung, but not so much that the material underneath creases

  • How to make a photo holder. Photo Board - Step 18
    Step 18

    On the back, measure 15cm down from the top ribbon and mark where the second ribbon should go. Do this on both sides. Secure this ribbon in place

    Repeat with ribbon number 3

  • How to make a photo holder. Photo Board - Step 19
    Step 19

    Your board should now be complete

    Don't forget to staple or glue some string onto the back so it can be hung

  • How to make a photo holder. Photo Board - Step 20
    Step 20

    Attach your pegs to the ribbons

  • How to make a photo holder. Photo Board - Step 21
    Step 21

    Add some photos, postcards, or other funky bits and bobs, and you are done!

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