- Old Family photos (4″x6″ or 5″x7″ work best)
- Felt or other fabric pieces
- Yarn or string (your choice of colour)
- Wooden dowel (or old tree branch?)
- Shoe box or scrap cardboard or heavy cardstock paper
- Scrap wood (I had some circle and squares laying around but you can make this work without it)
- Wooden beads
- Paint (your choice of colour – I did black) and paint brush
- Hot Glue Gun
- Glue Stick
- Scissors and hole punch
- Paint your wooden dowel (or tree branch) in the colour of your choice. Set aside to dry for a few hours.
- Select 19 family photos you want to showcase (4×6 or 5×7) work best.
- Using a ruler and scissors (or utility knife) you want to trim all your photos to be 4 x 4 inch squares. NB: If you do not want to cut your photos, you can do what I did…scan each photo (they are phone apps to do this) and send them to your computer. I then resized them on my laptop (I simply used power point but any photo editing software would work). Then print them out on cardstock paper and trim.
- Cut out five 4 x 4 inch squares from your cardboard or shoebox.
- Cut out five more 4 x 4 inch squares from your fabric.
- Using your glue stick, glue each piece of fabric to the cardboard squares. Allow to dry.
- Make 5 tassels (see instructions here)
- Now you are ready to put it all together.
- Attach 5 pieces of wool or string to your painted wooden dowel (evenly spaced apart).
- Lay out your photos – you want 3 rows of 5 photos across. Make sure it is an evenly spaced grid. Followed by a row of only 3 photos (centred) and finally one lone photo on the bottom (centred).
- When you are happy with your lay out, flip your photos so that the wrong side is facing up. Now using a few beads of hot glue, attach your photos to the strings/wool.
- To finish off the bottom of each row, you want to add your 5 fabric covered squares followed by a wooden bead, followed by a wooden circle. Space these out similar to your photos (it does not have to be perfect).
- Using your hot glue gun, glue the back of your fabric covered square and wooden circles the same way as you did the photos. Trim off extra string.
- Finally glue on your five tassels to the bottom of each row.
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