DIY Photo Holder

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DIY Photo Holder
Transform the metal casing around traditional tealights into DIY photo holders with just two snips and a fold. (tealight candles image by Warren Millar from Fotolia.com)

Display your photos in style with DIY photo holders constructed from objects you already have around your home or that you can purchase inexpensively at your local craft or home improvement store. Show off an assortment of handmade photo holders exhibiting your favourite family photos, inspirational images or travel pictures. Create multiple versions of each holder to give to friends and family when you give them copies of photos.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Tealight candle
  • Dry erase marker
  • Wire cutters
  • Small wooden block
  • Paint (optional)
  • Paintbrush (optional)
  • Drill with bit
  • Hot glue
  • Bendable but firm wire, about 6 inches
  • Alligator clips
  • Pliers
  • Bendable but firm wire, about 12 inches
  • Vintage doorknob with a flat front
  • Metal epoxy
  • Toothpick

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Remove the candle from the metal tealight holder.

  2. 2

    Carefully draw a line bisecting the metal holder, marking across the holder's centre. Using wire cutters, cut down the sides of the holder, along the lines, stopping before you cut into the bottom.

  3. 3

    Fold the holder outward along the bottom line, "opening" the holder so that the two sides of the holder's bottom meet.

  4. 4

    Turn the holder over so that it sits on its open side. Insert a photo into the groove between the two halves of the holder.

  1. 1

    Paint a wood block (if desired) and allow it to dry.

  2. 2

    Using a drill and bit that is slightly larger than the gauge of wire you will use, drill a hole in the exact centre of one of side of the wooden block. Make the hole an inch deep or slightly deeper.

  3. 3

    Heat up your hot glue gun. Apply a dab of hot glue to one end of the 6-inch wire, and then stick it inside the hole. Hold it in place until the glue dries; this should only take a few seconds.

  4. 4

    Insert the alligator clip over the top end of the wire, inside the flaps at the bottom of the clip. Close the flaps around the wire by bending them together with pliers. Clip a photo onto the alligator clip.

  1. 1

    Bend one end of a 12-inch piece of wire into a spiral shape.

  2. 2

    Apply metal epoxy to one end of a toothpick. Use the toothpick to apply the epoxy to the inside of the hole in the centre of the doorknob's hardware side.

  3. 3

    Stick the straight end of the wire into some epoxy, and then inside the epoxy-containing doorknob hole. Allow the epoxy to completely dry, a process which typically takes at least a full day.

  4. 4

    Place a photo inside the top of spiral, tightening the spiral so the photo fits snugly, if necessary.

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