Instant Frame

I have a blank area at the top of the stairs that I’m excited to finally decorate. I came up with a lot of different ideas but finally settled on a small cabinet with a gallery wall above it. More on that in another post. Regular frames are fine but I wanted to do something a little different for this space so this Instant Frame is a great alternative.


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4 wood slats (12 inches each)
leather or any cording
DecoArt Americana Decor Satin Enamels (steel blue)
small eye screws
strong mini disc magnets
E6000 glue
sponge brush


Start by painting the wood slats your paint choice. They would also look great stained. I purchased the slats precut from a craft store but you could also cut them yourself.


You will need 8 strong disc magnets for this project. Use E6000 glue to secure them in place. The magnets need to be attached about 2″ in on each end to compensate for different print sizes. This frame can accommodate prints up to 12″ wide and as small as 8″ wide. Let the glue dry over night.


Screw eye screws into the top of one of the slats about an inch in on each side.


Decide how long you want the cording then tie it onto each eye screw.


The photo or print is easy to add by placing it between the two slats on the top and bottom. The magnets snap into place and hold it securely.


The photo or print is between the 2 magnets. It takes only a few seconds to change the print by pulling the slats apart and adding the new photo.


I can’t wait to share the whole gallery wall and the personal touches added to this space.


This print is so dear to my heart and is the focus of the new gallery wall so I’m excited to share with you where you can purchase a print of your own family. This is of all 9 of my grand children when we were at the beach a couple years ago. It is such a great memory and I’m so happy to have a beautiful print of the occasion. Sketched in Memories makes a beautiful sketch from your photo or photos that’s perfect for gift giving and displaying. She has a special on these beautiful keepsakes right now, so hop over soon. You can also check out her instagram account for more sketch design examples. Make sure to check out her original Christmas Nativity on sale for only$15 right now. I’m buying mine today.


I’ll be making a couple more of these Instant Frames for my boys rooms so they can change out art and photos easily.

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  • Linda at Mixed Kreations November 7, 2016, 6:06 am

    What a neat idea and so easy! The frame is different but still cute. Adding the magnets will make it really easy to change out photos! Thanks so much for sharing! Pinning!

  • Brian Routt December 26, 2018, 2:15 am

    I plan on making this and changing the photos every now and then. I’ll paint it light blue and stick a little shell here and there, so I can put up a different seaside photo each week, throughout the winter.

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