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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

How to Make a Rustic Wire Photo Hanging

It's time for another Monthly DIY Challenge!  This month is all about Mod Podge and if you know me you know I love this stuff.  I've used it in many projects throughout our home, so of course I was thrilled when Plaid offered to send us Mod Podge for this month's challenge item.  There's also a great giveaway, so be sure to stick around and enter for a chance to win!
The easiest way to make canvas photo hangings that look real!
Displaying family photos is one of my favorite ways to personalize our home and keep sweet memories alive.  I'm always looking for unique ways to display my favorite photos (Yes, I have a few favorites if you haven't noticed) and this month's challenge was a great opportunity to make rustic wire photo hangings.

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- Mod Podge
- Family photos (I used 8x10)
- Larger paint brush
- Canvas upholstery fabric
- 1/2" x 1/4" wood trim
- Espresso stain
- All purpose adhesive
- 4 eye screws
- Rustic craft wire (I peeled off the outter layer)
- Scissors
- Drill and small drill bit

I have a bolt of neutral canvas upholstery fabric that I was lucky enough to be given for free.  My boss was going to use the fabric to reupholster a sofa and ended up not using it and offered it to me.  It was a tough decision, but I gladly took it off his hands. Pretty cool, huh?

The fabric ended up being the perfect backdrop for my photos.  I applied a thin layer of Mod Podge to the back of each picture, pressed them onto the canvas then applied another layer of Mod Podge over the top.
Gluing photos to canvas using mod podge

Applying glue to the top of photos on canvas
Now, this is my favorite part!

In order to give my photos the canvas look I cut a small piece of fabric and pressed it over the top of each photo WHILE THE MOD PODGE WAS STILL WET.
Adding texture to the top of canvas photos
See the neat texture it gave to the photos?
Real canvas texture on photos
Once the Mod Podge was fully dried I trimmed the excess fabric from the top and sides, leaving about a half inch of fabric at the top and bottom of each photo.

Next it was time to figure out how to hang the photos.  Instead of making traditional frames I opted to make photo hangings.  I cut down thin wood trim pieces, stained and distressed them then added eye hooks for hanging.
Drilling pilot holes in wood

screwing in eye hooks to wood photo trim pieces
Using all purpose glue I glued the wood strips onto the top and bottom of each photo.
Gluing wood trim pieces to canvas photos

Gluing canvas to wood trim pieces

Gluing canvas to wood trim pieces

The easiest way to make canvas photo hangings that look real!
I added old rusty wire for hanging and I ended up with the perfect rustic wire photo hangings. 

***Tip*** Remove the outer covering of craft wire to reveal perfectly rustic wire.
how to make rustic wire photo hangings

How to make rustic wire photo hangings

Rustic wire photo hanging
The best part about this month's challenge is that Plaid has been gracious enough to offer one lucky reader a $50 gift card to Plaid and prize pack valued over $100!  Just enter using the Rafflecopter below!

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The easiest way to make canvas photo hangings that look real!

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  1. I LOVE this idea, and that's what I'll be using the card for <3

  2. Katie - this is a super cute and creative project. Thanks for sharing!

    Vicki and Jenn
    2 Bees in a Pod

  3. LOVE this Katie! Absolutely adorable!!!

  4. Oh, that's such a clever trick to press a piece of canvas onto the photo to give it texture! Definitely putting that trick in my back pocket for later. Such a cute rustic hanger!

  5. Nice idea. I can't wait to try it.

  6. The CUTEST!!! Such a great project, Katie!

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  8. pressing the fabric to the photo is way cool, the whole project is xx

  9. such a cute idea!! and your kiddos are pretty cute too ;)

  10. SO cute! The fabric pressing made the perfect textured look. They are absolutely perfect!

  11. Katie, these are so cool! I love how they turned out.

  12. I cannot wait to try this! I love the look...and I swear, I saw Joanna hang something similar on an episode of Fixer Upper...