DIY wood scrap picture display with magnet frame

DIY wood scrap picture display with magnet frame

DIY picture display

It has been a while since I got crafty, and even longer since I used my mitre saw. I broke that trend this past weekend when I had the saw dust flying for a simple and easy craft project. Because I am a Mom and adore my kids, think they are the cutest thing to ever exist and also like taking pictures of them…. it means I like to display their cute faces all over my home. Also, because I am a Mom and my kids make a lot of art work, I created a DIY wood scrap picture display with magnet frame to show off pictures of my kids and to have the option to display their art work. Yep, this project is a two-for-one. I made these wood scrap frames to be easily changeable. I can update the pictures or show off my kids artwork. More on the details of that in the post.

Today is another two-for-one situation because this post is part of my monthly Ready, set, craft challenge! Myself and 4 other blogging friends, Gav & Ro, Amber Oliver, XO Kerry and Lugi Mom blog  are all of the ladies behind this challenge. Each month we pick a new item to work with and we get to crafting. This month the theme was family pictures, in a craft. As you can guess, I had too many options and ideas with little to no time to make them all. I zeroed in on a project using mainly scrap wood (yay for DIY supply hoarding) with a coastal and simple flair to it. I wanted the pictures to be the showpiece for this.

wood scrap piece

It all started with this scrap piece of wood. It is about 1 inch wide and a super tiny thickness. I purchased a bundle of these wood pieces, all with slightly different thickness and size. I believe they are pine wood pieces, but I could be wrong on that too. I got the bundle for $2 and keep them in my garage for crafty times like this. This wood piece will be the frame to the pictures. I know picture frames, I would like to think that my hobby is DIY, but in all actuality it is more like DIY wall art. I have made so many wall decor items for my home, and here I am eagerly making another one!

starfish drawer knob

I purchased new three drawer knobs. I wanted to go really simple with this, clean lines and colors. But added a pop of fun with the starfish, keeping close to my coastal roots. I plan to use this DIY picture display all year long, so the colors are going to be mainly white with a light stain to the wood. This way anything displayed in this (since they are changeable) can “go” with it regardless of season. I spray painted these little drawer knobs white.

Keeping my options for the use of this is also why I chose to make three frames. I can either put three pictures, or one picture of each of my kids, or one art piece from them. I am taking full advantage of the easily changeable option with these!

measuring for DIY frame

I cut a few options for the frame down to size to see what I liked. I ended up with a little under half an inch leftover with the frame. I liked these proportions. The pictures I chose I had printed at Wal-Mart and are 8×10 sized.

wood scraps not painted

I cut the pieces down to size. This is exactly half of what I need. I will be placing two wood pieces at the top and two at the bottom of each picture. Placing one piece behind and one in front, as a frame to this. Leaving the sides loose.

wood pieces for frame

I spray painted them the same white as the starfish knobs.

measuring for holes

DIYing with kids home in summer is throwing me off of my game. I do not have a picture of the wood board I am using as the base of this picture display. This board piece is what the knobs will be screwed into. I had kids running in and out of the garage, dogs trying to make a run for it, questions of “Mommy what are you doing?”…. pretty much summer time with anyone with kids. So I did not get a good picture of the board before it was all cut up. I am sorry for that.

Once it was cut though I measured and marked, X marks the spot for the three holes to be drilled in. These will be in the center and one on either side to have the knobs screw into.

wood before stain

Here is the cut board with holes drilled into it. The board appears to be a trim piece of some kind because it has a slight angled top, but I cannot remember what I used this board for. Hopefully I did not purchase it for a future project, and I just screwed it all up by using this board. It must not be too important if I forgot about it.

sun bleached wood stain

I am using a sun bleached wood stain. This stain is one I have loved but the lightness of the stain has never found a project to use it. This one is the perfect storm and just what a subtle wood stain needs. The pictures I picked to put in these frames have enough color, and any artwork I may put in them will be plenty colorful as well. So this is needing a clean and simple color scheme to not be overwhelming.

holes drilled into wood

I put two coats of the wood stain on. Believe it or not, but the above picture has the two coats of wood stain. I warned you it was subtle.

putting hook in wood

Next is time to finish the frame portion of this project. I screwed in by hand these little hooks to the top, back of the wood frame pieces. Two on each end.


These magnets are heavy duty ones, and are the key to making this the easily changeable awesomeness that it is!

magnets to frame

Using a hot glue gun and gluing the tiny magnets to the back of the frame. The magnets are super small, so to insure I had them line up properly I actually glued on the two magnets on the back piece of board. Then set the magnet match on top of the magnet, letting them do what magnets do best. With them on top of each other perfectly I then put some glue on the top magnet then pushed the front of the wood frame onto it. Once the glue had dried I was able to separate the magnets and I had fully aligned magnets.

how to make a magnet picture frame

how to make a magnet frame

The frame pieces are ready for their pictures! The whole point of this project and the challenge is the family pictures.

bottom of frame on

family picture ideas magnet frame

I chose some fun and colorful pictures. One recent and two that were taken a few years ago.

DIY picture hanging hooks

Once the wood board stain was dry I was able to screw the starfish into place. Notice the child on the side of the picture above? Summer means I roll three kids deep wherever I go.

wood scrap picture hanging ledge

I hung the board on the wall. You can see more of the wood stain color with the contrast of the light walls and white star fish. I wanted a soft and beachy feel to this and think that is exactly what this is!

twine craft

To attach the framed to this I am using some twine.

tying string to frame

Tying the twine into the hook and then hanging it over the starfish knobs. Then tying the other end. I could have gotten fancier with the knot or even the string used, but as I said, I am wanting to keep this simple and uncluttered.

family picture ideas

Success! The magnets held, the board stayed put, and this DIY wood scrap picture display with magnet frame is ready for my cuties and their precious faces.

DIY picture frame details

As you can see, the wood frame pieces are slightly apart because of the small magnets, but it is nothing that is too obvious.

family picture display ideas

starfish decor

I like the contrast of the white starfish and wood frame pieces with the color of the twine. I think it makes them all pop so nicely.

how to stain wood

interchanging picture frame

It has a modern coastal feel to it.

DIY picture display


My trio of littles being their adorable selves. I need to get a larger home just so I can have even more pictures of them on my wall.

attaching hook for pictures

With the pictures being 8×10 they are big enough to make a statement but not too large. I can easily swap them out for new ones.

scrap wood frame DIY

Or I can swap it out for their art work! 

kids art

I know the theme of the Ready, Set, Craft challenge was family pictures, but I had to showcase the versatility and ease of changing out the images for this.

kids art display

My kids have all informed me that they each want one of these in their bedrooms so they can change out pictures when they want to also. They were so easy to make, I don’t see that being an issue. I can even have different hooks chosen according to their interests. My head is already spinning with the ideas. Now I just need to find the wall space in their room…..

DIY picture display tutorial

DIY changeable scrap wood picture frame

Eek, I love when things come together with a project. I had a difficult time deciding which family picture project I would do, I had too many I wanted to do. But I zeroed in on this DIY wood scrap picture display with magnet frame because of the versatility of it, and the function. I can display my cute kids, cards, images I create, print out, or art my kids make. The hardest part to this whole process was deciding what pictures I would use for my kids, I happen to have some very photogenic children. Although, I do not think I have ever seen a bad picture of kids. They are too darn cute, adults…. you have to get the right angle sometimes….



Don’t forget that today you also get to go and see what the other ladies of the Ready, set, craft challenge! have done with their family picture craft projects. I am excited to see as well!



  1. This is adorable! I love the idea of using magnets.

  2. What a gorgeous way to display your favourite pictures! I love that you can change them round whenever you like too! Plus, your step by step tutorial makes this project look really do-able, even for someone like me who isn’t very good at DIY!

  3. That is a really cute idea! I like that you can change out the pictures and also include art. How neat that your kids want you to make it for their room too.

  4. What a cute idea! I love how simple it is to do. A perfect way to spice up an office area.

  5. These Are So Adorable I Love Them. I Must Make A Few I Just Bought A New Home Would Love To Have These All Around The House!!

  6. I love how this turned out! I really Iike that you can use it for displaying art work too!

  7. I love how this came out. I like the look with the wood and photos. It has a nice rustic feel. I need more frames and photos around.

  8. I love how simple it looks. Really makes the photos the key element but still looks attractive

  9. I love these! We live in Southern California, and these would be perfect with our beachy decor!

  10. What a great idea. Hubby is a woodworker, so there is always lots of scrap. Will have to get him to make a few. Great for hanging up pictures of the grandkids.

  11. How cute!! What an adorable DIY home decor project.

  12. This is a really great idea. I love that you used simple items that you can find most anywhere to make a photo gallery. This seems like a craft I could easy make and easily adapt it to fit the style of my home. Love the step by step instructions.

  13. I love this unique way to display pictures. I am looking for fun ideas to display my new prints.

  14. what a super cute idea – it looks great

  15. I will absolutely try this! I can’t wait to hang our pictures during summer!

  16. Really cute idea and looks pretty easy, which I love.

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