Hi! This is Lauren from Mom Home Guide. I am so happy to be posting here at Ask Anna! This summer I have been spending quality time with my husband and tween daughters seeing the sights in our local Princeton, NJ, area. We just got new smartphones and Instagram accounts, so we have been taking Instagram pics to document our travels! I thought it would be fun to to create a DIY display board for sharing our photos!
Instagram display board materials:
– (1) 12-inch x 12-inch wood board
– (1) Stencil sponge
– Small amount of interior latex paint (you could substitute craft acrylic paint). I used an Ace Paint Pod in “Straw.”
– Miniwax Wood Finishing Cloths in Dark Mahogany
– Paper Towels
– Mini metal binder clips
– Gorilla glue (or hot glue would work, too)
– Command Picture Hanging Strips
Stain your board. I used Miniwax Wood Finishing Cloths that I got as free swag in July at the Haven blogging conference in Atlanta. But, if you have other stain on hand, feel free to use that! Lightly layer on the stain, wiping off the excess stain with a paper towel or cloth as you go.
Let the stain dry. When dry, apply your stencils. For my stencil paint, I used sample interior latex paint that I had from a past project. Acrylic craft paint would also work. To stencil my board, I simply placed the stencil sheet on top of the board and used my stencil sponge to lightly apply paint to my stencil sheet.
When your paint is dry, glue on your mini binder clips! I used six clips for my board. I adhered my clips with Gorilla glue. The Gorilla Glue worked great because I could re-position a clip if I didn’t like where I placed it at first, since the glue takes an hour or so to set. But if you are in a hurry, and want your glue to set quicker, I’d use a glue gun. (I still have to get myself one of those!)
When my clips were firmly glued to my board, it was time to hang my completed DIY Instagram photo board! I decided to hang my new Instagram diplay board in my home’s downstairs powder room.
Since the board is very light, all I needed to hang the photo display board were four Command Picture Hanging Strips. I love those strips, since I don’t have to put holes in my walls. Plus, the strips can be removed when I want to change up my decor! You are supposed to wait at least an hour after securing the strips to the wall to hang your hanging. But I put my board up right away, and it’s been on the wall securely ever since!
My kids were very happy to see our Instagram photos displayed when they got home! Presently our Instagram board shows some beautiful hydrangeas in Somerset County, NJ’s, Colonial Park, a fish pond in Colonial Park, a corn field at Monmouth County, NJ’s, Battlefield Park, and a section of the D&R Canal trail in Kingston, NJ — all great places my family has visited this summer!
Do you have summer vacation photos to display? I made my display board for Instagram photos, but it can be used for regular snapshots or prints. You could customize your Instagram display board — my kids want to paint their boards in bright colors. How would you customize your Instagram board?
Here are a couple other projects that Lauren has done recently. Head over to her blog to check out all the details.