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

Picture Perfect

We’ve seen a photo wall or two in our time and we’ve always admired them, but up until now, we have always rented and have been afraid to get too comfy and put too many holes in the wall. Naturally, we wanted to do a photo wall in the new house. The obvious choice for ours was above the couch in the living room. Now that we got the layout right, we’re ready to start adding our personal touches and the photo wall was one of the first priorities.

Here’s where we were a few weeks ago. We picked this piece up at Home Goods and centered it right on the wall to get things started.

Starting the photo wallYesterday while we were at Target (for the 2nd out of 3 trips in one day) we noticed that some simple white frames were pretty heavily discounted. We already had 4 white frames that we used for our wedding (the guys wore TOMS Shoes and we placed some of these frames around at the reception – see below), so we picked up a few more in varying sizes.

After A LOT of leaf blowing, mulching and raking, and a failed attempt at revisiting/finishing our kitchen cabinet project, I took a crack at the photo wall. I started by laying the frames out on the floor to get a rough idea for placement on the wall. Without much hesitation, I just started nailing and hanging. With a photo wall like this, it’s okay to just sort of let everything fall into place; I didn’t want to over think it and that seemed to work well. It all just started coming together.

Photo wallWe used Velcro Command Strips to hang the L-O-V-E letters (also from our wedding) since there was no easy/obvious way to use nails or picture hooks to do so.

Velcro command strips for photo wallSince there were a few obvious holes left in the frame layout (which we expected), we ran back out to Target for a 3rd time to grab 2 more frames to fill in the gaps. We knew exactly what we needed…

Photo wallAnother vertical 8 x 10 frame, a little vertical 4 x 6 and some more Command Strips for the “E” would do the trick…

Finished photo wallThe obvious next step in this project: getting our own photos in the frames! At least that’s the fun part. We’ll probably be using a mix of photos of us, things we like, places we’ve been and maybe a couple of unique ideas. Stay tuned to see what we end up with!

A few of our favorite things from this post:

TOMS Shoes


Home Goods