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DIY Metal Sheet Photo Frame

January 15, 2016

DIY Metal Sheet Photo Frame - Snaps: A Blog from SnapBox

Happy Friday! Any fun weekend plans? I’m going wine tasting in Temecula for my mom’s birthday, so that should be fun! AND it’s a long weekend for the MLK holiday, so that’s always appreciated so close to the start of the new year. (PSSSTTTT: if you’re looking to save some mulah we’re running a sale right now!) Today I have a SUPER QUICK and SUPER EASY diy for you. This metal sheet photo frame is 100% customizable, and the best part is that it’s super simple to change out your photo. Click through for the tutorial.

So, just a little back story on this guy. If you guys didn’t know, your local hardware store sells sheets of metal for siding or vent covers in all different kinds of metals and designs. I had a little epiphany walking through Home Depot when I saw them, and I knew they would be the perfect way to change out photos in a sleek and sophisticated way. So I bought one, took it back to the office, made the magnets that go on the front, went to stick the magnets to the metal…..and they don’t stick. In case you didn’t know, aluminum isn’t magnetic. I feel like I knew that, and was pretty frustrated at myself for not realizing it in time. So, since I didn’t want to go back to the hardware store, I just altered my plan a little bit, and that’s what we have here!

DIY Metal Sheet Photo Frame - Snaps: A Blog from SnapBox

For supplies you’ll need:

  • a fine art print that fits the piece of metal you buy (I printed an 8×8)
  • metal sheet (mine was 12×12, but they have different sizes and colors)
  • 8 small & strong magnets (I like to use neodymium magnets)
  • 4 small wooden buttons
  • paint or stain, if you desire
  • permanent glue

DIY Metal Sheet Photo Frame - Snaps: A Blog from SnapBox

We’re going to start with the front magnets. Glue each magnet to the back of the button, or any type of wood or plastic decoration that has a flat back. I found these fun wooden buttons at the store, but you can use real buttons, little action figures, clay shapes, or anything else your heart desires.

Once the glue is dry, you can paint or stain your buttons if you want to. I stained mine black, but I think now I’d like to see how they would look stained a lighter color. Wait until your stain/paint dries completely, and then you can assemble your photo frame.

Place the front magnets where you’d like, then attach the back magnets on the opposite side of the metal sheet. At this point, you have two options. You can either leave the back magnets unglued to allow for different sized photos and different arrangements of your prints. Or, you can glue the magnets on the back, making it easier to change out the photo and allowing you to hang it on the wall with command strips. Either works well, it’s just a matter of how you’re planning to display your new frame!

DIY Metal Sheet Photo Frame - Snaps: A Blog from SnapBox

But that’s it! I told you this one was super quick and super easy! I especially love this frame because of how easy it makes switching photos out. If you follow us on Instagram, you might have seen this post about how one of our resolutions was to print more photos. How cool would it be to have a resolution to print a new photo every month of a favorite memory from that month. Then you always have a new photo, and you’re always breathing new life into the pics that would otherwise be stuck on your phone?! #FreeYourPhotos people.

PSSSTTT! Think that little camel in the front is adorable? Make your own here.

So, what are your thoughts? Are you terrible at printing your own photos? How’s this for a new year’s resolution? Let me know in the comments below! Have a great weekend!

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  • Reply Travis C. January 15, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    I really like this idea!

  • Reply Brittany January 18, 2016 at 7:27 am

    Thanks so much Travis!

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