How to Make a Standing Photo Holder

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Standing photo holders can feature whimsical shapes and display multiple photos. Some feature wire holders that secure photos in the same way wire spiral business card holders do. Crafters can customise photo holders for the home or for gifts. Adapt a specific design to make animals, names, beach balls or other decorative motifs

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Unfinished wood blocks or spheres from a craft store, 2 inches tall or larger
  • Craft wire: 6 inches for each photo holder
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Pushpin
  • Hammer
  • Extra-strength wood glue
  • Acrylic or tempera paint (optional)
  • 1 inch paintbrush, if needed

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  1. 1

    Set out wooden pieces for the standing photo holder. Select the shapes and number of wooden pieces for the number of photos you want the holder to display. For example, display five family photos on five spheres.

  2. 2

    Hold the wood carefully and hammer a push pin into it to create a hole. Repeat with each piece of wood for the standing photo holder.

  3. 3

    Bend the end of each piece of wire for the photo into a spiral. Use needle-nose pliers if your fingers aren't strong enough. Hold one end of the wire firmly and bend it around in three or four circles close together.

  4. 4

    Use a cotton swab to apply glue to the sides of the wooden pieces. Push the pieces together. Check that the pieces are lined up the way you want them, such as in a straight line or with alternating blocks farther forward than the others. Place books or other weights at each end of the standing photo holder to keep the blocks pressed together as the glue dries. Leave it to dry for at least three hours.

  5. 5

    Put a tiny dab of glue in the holes in the tops of the wood pieces of the standing photo holder.

  6. 6

    Insert the straight end of each wire in the hole, with the spiral showing from the front. The photos will sit in the spirals, so set the wires so the photos will face the way you want them. Leave the wires to dry at least an hour before using the holder.

  7. 7

    Place the bottom of a photo into each spiral to display the photos.

Tips and warnings

  • If you use craft wire that's thicker than a push pin, make the hole in the wood with a small nail.
  • Leave the wood natural or paint it before assembling the photo holder.
  • Reuse wooden pieces from a game, toy or woodworking project for an inexpensive and green standing photo holder.

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