Make Your Own Wood Block Photo Frames / Note Holders {Simple Picture Displays}

Make Your Own Wood Block Photo Frames / Note Holders {Simple Picture Displays}

I have an incredibly simple {and inexpensive} project to share with you today. It doesn’t get much easier than a cut piece of wood, dowel and twine to create a perfect photo frame / note holder. Just tuck in a wallet size photo and/or love note and you have a quick personalized gift for Father’s Day or that special teacher at the end of the year.

Materials Needed:
1 X 4 Piece of Lumber
{or larger width depending upon size of holder you wish to create}
Dowel Rod
Gorilla Wood Glue
DecoArt Americana Acrylics

Begin by cutting the 1 X 4 into 6 inch long blocks. Any size lumber can be used – I simply used scraps that I had left from another project. The size of lumber you choose should depend on what size frame you are looking to create.

Using a hand sander, sand the wood and round the edges a bit if you’d like.

Cut the wooden dowel rod into 4 1/4 inch pieces. Measure the diameter of the wooden dowel and drill a hole using the same size drill bit. The hole should be centered and approximately one inch from the bottom. Drill about 3/4 of the way through the wood making sure not to drill all the way through to the other side.

Glue the dowel into place using a tiny bit of Gorilla Wood Glue. You may need to tap the dowel into place using a hammer – as it should be a pretty snug fit.

Give the wood a base coat of paint. I used DecoArt’s Americana White Wash

To create a design using a vinyl stencil – cut a piece of vinyl large enough to cover the front of the wood block. I used my Silhouette machine and three shapes from the online store:{geometric_background_med_1954} {houndstooth_square_lg_1297} and {chevron_pattern_C00192_24282}

Adhere the vinyl to the front of the wood block and add a second coat of paint using a contrasting color. I used DecoArt Stencil Paint in Mississippi Mud.

Once dry, removed the vinyl and distress for a worn look {optional}.

To create the holder cut a piece of twine and staple one end to the back of the frame. Tightly wrap the twine around the wood, approximately 1 1/2 inches up from the bottom, several times and secure with another staple to hold into place.

These are perfect for the mass amount of wallets I receive through out the year of my nieces and nephews…there is always a new school picture, sport’s team picture, or family photo coming my way.

The wrapped twine makes it easy to slide in photos and quickly change them out when need be.

I made a set for my desk as well to fashionably display my many to-do lists…at least it makes them pretty to look at, right?

Happy Monday! Hope you have a fabulous start on the week ahead ~ Enjoy!


  1. Cute! I love all the fun patterns! I have a similar photo frame that I bought at an arts and crafts festival a few years ago!

  2. Oh my gosh! Those are so cute!

  3. Yep, LOVE these! Probably have to do these and give you a shout out…need something for my mantel.

  4. You are real genius and I am definitely copy cat! Love it!

  5. These are so fun! I love the patterns that you chose and especially that you used 2×4’s to make them! Your photo blocks will be featured as one of my fabulous finds, thanks for the great idea Stephanie Lynn. 🙂

  6. sweet and simple. great idea. love it!
    so many possibilities.
    barbara jean

  7. These are adorable!!!! You always have such terrific ideas 🙂

  8. This is so cool! Your projects are always so amazing!

  9. What a fun, and easy, project!!! TFS

  10. Love it, love it, love it….gonna make them right now for father’s day gifts also gonna make them for recipe holders. Perfect……

  11. How pretty and so creative!

  12. Super cute idea! I love it! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. What a super cool idea Stephanie!!! Three of the hottest patterns as picture holders…genius!

  15. Love these! Is there a way to make or get a vinyl stencil without using a Silhouette cutter, as I don’t have one? I’d love to make these as end-of-the-year teacher gifts! Thanks!

  16. Those are adorable! Absolutely fabulous!!

  17. Love these!! Thanks so much for the tutorial!

  18. so cute! I definitely need a silhouette machine! 🙂

  19. Very nice Stephanie!

  20. I love these! And, I love the patterns and colors that you used…I’m definitely going to make a few of them as I, too, receive alot of wallet-sized pictures of my niece and nephew. Thank you for the great idea! Lesa

  21. These are so cute! Could make a great Fathers Day gift with some cute pics of the kids for his office. Great idea with the to do list-then maybe I wont lose it! Thanks

  22. These are DARLING, Stephanie!!

  23. I came from Finding Fabulous. I love this idea. I love frames and I love brown. So cute!

  24. Project like these are what make you one of my favorite blogs!

  25. I did it, I did it! See mine on my blog! Thanks, StephanieLynn!

  26. This is such a great idea, I just finished making some for teacher gifts. I plan on making them for other gifts also 🙂 I didn’t use a stencil, but painted and distressed the wood and used ribbon. I posted on my blog and linked back to you- gotta give you proper credit and kudos!!! If you want to check mine out, here’s the link to my blog: Thanks again for a great idea, I appreciate all the fun project ideas 🙂

  27. absolutely adorable. You always have such creative ideas.

  28. Hey there! Can you tell me exactly how you distressed the wood? Just with sandpaper? I’m a new crafter 🙂

  29. I really love these! The patterns and distressing is fabulous. 🙂

  30. I can’t imagine that these beautiful things are all recycled
    Nice Job
    Thanks for sharing


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