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Decorating with Pictures at How to Nest for Less

I came across Erin’s blog, How to Nest for Less, a few months ago, and I love her fun projects and I can tell she has an eye for digital design. She helped me make a portfolio/media kit, and I’m SO grateful! I LOVE the giant clothespins she’s used in her post here–adorable!

Clothespin Photo Holders + Canvas Prints

Hey everyone! I’m Erin from How to Nest for Less!

I’m thrilled to be sharing some new ideas for decorating with photography in Kristen’s series this month. I use photographs all over my home in my interior design. I find it makes your home more personal and can easily reflect your taste and style.

So a couple months back when I was designing my Laundry Room Makeover, I created these Mod Podge Canvas Photo Prints to hang in my space.

canvas-photo-mod-podge-prints1Well, I decided to use that same concept in a new project for my daughter’s bedroom: Oversized Clothespin Photo Holders. Super easy and cheap to make!

oversized clothespin photo holdersI gathered my supplies:

  • Oversized Clothespins (purchased from Hobby Lobby)
  • Paint
  • 5×7 canvas boards
  • Mod Podge
  • 5.25 x 7.25 inch paper printouts of photos
  • Scissors
  • Foam brush
  • Flower embellishments

clothespin photo frames supplies

printed photos for clothespin photo holdersI found three photos that I wanted to use for this project and printed them out to 5.25 x 7.25 inches. I trimmed them out and Mod Podged them onto the canvas front.

mod podge clothespin photo holdersDoesn’t this make a cool effect? I just printed the photos on plain old computer paper with my cheap printer. Since the paper is so thin, the Mod Podge makes the texture of the canvas show through. Love this look!

fake canvas prints from photographsJust make sure the prints are a little bigger than the canvases so you can wrap the photo around the edges. Just take an exacto knife or scissors and trim out a little niche from the edge. This will create a clean fold around the canvas.

trim corner of mod podge photosNext I painted my clothespins in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. You can really use any type of paint. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint colors are just my favorites (and I have plenty on hand for my furniture makeovers).

paint clothespin photo holdersAnd once the paint was dried I added some little flower embellishments on some of the clothespins for a little fun. Ready to see the final result?

oversized clothespin photo holders

clothespin photo holders canvas prints

clothespin photo frames

Thanks to all you guys for reading along today.
I hope you enjoyed my fun little Clothespin Photo Holder tutorial.

If you’d like to see more from me you can check out some of my room makeovers!


1. Master Bedroom Makeover
2. Daughter’s Stenciled Bedroom
3. Kitchen Makeover
4. Craft Room Makeover

Thanks Kristen for having me visit for the day.
I’m always in complete awe of your photography. You are a true inspiration!

Much ♥ to everyone,

Erin is a St. Louis based designer, wife, mother and author of the blog
How to Nest for Less

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  1. So many great ideas. While I am not into home decorating that much, it is obvious that you are enlisting many creative people to share, their talents on your blog. Well done!