How-To Make a DIY Picture Clothesline

We’ve been getting really crafty recently and we’ve been doing a lot of cool things with photos and prints lately. For our 1st wedding anniversary, Andrew printed up all of our Instagram photos from the past year, so I decided we should create a DIY picture clothesline to display our favorites. Here is a step-by-step guide to making your very own picture clothesline! These 5 easy steps should take you less than 30 minutes to complete.

Instagram prints for picture clothesline project

You Will Need:

  • Twine
  • Hammer
  • Scissors
  • Thumb Tacks
  • Mini Clothespins
  • Photos

Picture clothesline project tools

Step 1: Once you’ve gathered all of the items you need, you’re ready to begin this very easy DIY picture clothesline project! Find a wall in your home where you would like to display your picture clothesline.

Step 2: Insert thumb tacks into the wall so that they are level, but a few feet apart from one another. You will want to separate the thumb tacks farther or bring them closer together depending on the size of the wall you’re using. We used a hammer to make sure the tacks were really tapped in for a secure hold.

Step 3: Cut a piece of twine slightly longer than the distance between both of your thumb tacks. Take the 1st end of the twine and tie a little loop. Place the loop on the first thumb tack.

Step 4: Stretch your twine (now looped around the 1st thumb tack) across to the 2nd thumb tack and create another loop to place around the 2nd thumb tack. You want to make sure your twine is pretty taught, as the weight of the photos will cause the twine to sag quite a bit. That’s the style we’re going for, but you will want to prevent the line from sagging too much.

DIY picture clothesline project

Step 5: Cut any excess twine (like we had to do in the pic above) and you’re all done! You can start hanging your photos from your DIY picture clothesline using your mini clothespins! These mini clothespins can be found at just about any craft store. We got ours at Michael’s.

Mini clothespins for DIY picture clothesline

Now we used some super cool prints from our Instagram accounts.
*Hint Hint: Follow us on Instagram!
Megan: @justbees
Andrew: @yooobake

As I said before, Andrew had our Instagram photos from the past year printed as an anniversary gift. He used a site called to print the photos. He also utilized Webstagram to download my Instagram photos to upload + print via WinkFlash. I personally think the neat little square Instagram photos are ideal for the picture clothesline. What do you think?

Picture clothesline

DIY picture clothesline

In the Mood

Can you paint with all the colors? Apparently we can. (Yes that was a Pocahontas reference. No I am not ashamed). We had two apartments before our house, but we walked into this with no painting experience. I think we have a good eye for color and coordination (well, maybe just me since A is colorblindish ;-)), but I tend to feel like we went a little nuts with the “rainbow in my house” effect here. I was determined to have a green living room and that bright color may have been just fine if we didn’t also pick an outlandishly bight yellow for the immediately adjacent office. I LOVE the grayish blueish color in our bedroom, but still, the colors don’t really flow from room to room as nicely as some other homes I’ve seen in my DIY blog reading travels.

With that being said, I do still love our color choices and I do think we do a pretty decent job of tying colors together; at least in each individual room. For those of you who actually care about this stuff, I wanted to create a little room-by-room inventory per say. It may take awhile to gather all the elements, but I think it will be helpful to have a source list for paint colors and other decor, furniture and miscellaneous items in our home that tie each room (and, ultimately, the whole place) together.

This will start out as a blog post, but eventually I would like to create an entire section on the blog dedicated to these “mood boards.” Let’s start with the living room:

Living room mood board

  1. Behr Paint and Primer in One in Minted Lemon
  2. Bath and Body Works Lamb Blanket (sits atop the couch, for use on chilly evenings)
  3. Lattice Cube Shelves from Kohl’s
  4. Target Home Medallion Rug
  5. L-O-V-E letters from Michael’s (used at our wedding and re-purposed as part of our picture wall)
  6. Hemnes Coffee Table from IKEA
  7. Woodland Creature Candles (not to be lit!) from Kohl’s
  8. Bicycle print body pillowcase from Target (body pillow featured on our loveseat)
  9. Vejmon Side Table from IKEA

We’re getting in the mood, indeed.