Sunday, August 1, 2010

More Picture Holders

Last week I posted about shopping in the hardware department of a Bargain Barn and I pictured a couple of simple projects using pieces I purchased that day.

Today I want to show you how I used another one of the hardware items I picked up last week.

When I saw these small angle brackets (approximately 1" across x 3/4" from the top edge to the bend) I immediately thought about using them for a picture holder.

My thought was to stack one bracket on top of the other leaving a slight gap between the two to accomodate a photo or postcard.  The holes in the brackets made it perfect to join the two pieces together by screwing them into a piece of wood.
Now as luck would have it I found a huge box of wood pieces at a thrift store the same day I found all the hardware (I know it sounds too good to be true but it really happened that way).  Several of the pieces were cut to a 2 1/2" x 1" size....perfect as the base for my photo holder.

I painted the wood black, adhered some scrapbook paper on all sides, distressed and antiqued it and screwed the brackets to the top.  
This is a picture of the back of the photo holder.
And here is the front. The ones I have made so far are Halloween themed.  I participate in a fall craft show in my hometown and I think they will be perfect for my booth.
Here's the holder displaying a 1993 Halloween picture of my son.
And here's a second holder I made displaying a 1992 Halloween photo.
I think I'm going to have fun making more of these.  I have plans to make some to display back to school pictures and some for Christmas photos and cards.  I think they would make great recipe holders too.
Have a great week.

Jane

45 comments:

  1. I say it again - you are brilliant! These are adorable.

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  2. Oh you are just so smart! Love it.
    Have a great week.
    KarenSue

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  3. You are so creative! I wouldn't have put those two things together much less think of such cute holders. I love the paper and distressing, great job! I love these...so many possibilites! Thanks so much for sharing.
    Sharlotte

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  4. Jane you are so talented. These are so cute and can be made in so many ways!!

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  5. I LOVE this! These would be FABULOUS placecard holders too - very cool.

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  6. I'm pretty sure I've said this before but if I haven't, well, I love the way your mind works! Those are wonderful, love them covered in paper and you probably better make a ton because I predict a big seller in your booth! Thanks for sharing! and you know, I love coming to see your creations too and get way too excited when I see you've posted something! Theresa

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  7. WOW!!!
    You sure know how to make Awesome things!!! Just love your picture holders!
    Warmly,
    deb :)

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  8. I just love how "your wheels turn in your head"!! You are so clever...These would even be cute attached to old books.

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  9. Wow Jane!
    Your mind is such a wealth of excellent ideas!
    I always look forward to each of your creative projects!
    Dee Dee

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  10. Oh my gosh....I made that same scarecrow costume for my kids for Halloween back when they were little! I did a double take!
    And I would love to shop your booth at that craft show. These photo holders are very nice!

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  11. seriously, is there anything you can't come up with?
    this is amazing and so industrial yet chic and decorative. These, I am predicting, will sell out fast. Are you taking orders???
    Amy

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  12. Seriously, I'm starting to look at things differently because of you. Haven't gotten around to creating anything yet. That part will have to wait and I'm patiently waiting for the brainstorm.
    Good post.

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  13. Jane, you've done it again! Your brain really thinks out of the box. These are really cute! ~ Sarah

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  14. Jane:
    What a talent you have for thinking outside the box! These are really cool. Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas.
    xoxo
    Donna

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  15. Oh Jane, you come up with the most creative ideas. I'd never have thought of this. I love it!
    Blessings,
    Marcia

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  16. These are another GREAT project, Jane...how cute!

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  17. How clever you are but you should know that already all the creative things you come up.

    Have a wonderful day.

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  18. These are great. Who would have thunk it? YOU of course.

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  19. You are brilliant! This is such a great simple idea that makes a great keepsake. thanks for sharing the tutorial with us. Have a womderful week. Angela

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  20. Hi Jane,
    I love how your mind works. Those wheels are constantly turning out some wonderful stuff.
    I just love coming over here to see what you have come up with next. You never dissappoint!

    These are darlin and perfect for many occassions.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  21. What a great idea!!!! Too cute.

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  22. Love them...perfect for the craft show!

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  23. Boo! Scary Smart! The craft show will be a breeze for you. Thanks for visiting me and your sweet comment.
    hugs ♥ olive

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  24. I'm Baaaaaack! Hi Jane! Stop by my place when you get a chance, I got a little somethin, somethin for you! Theresa

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  25. You inspire me to pick through all the boxes of rusty tools and hardware at our local pickers store. So far, no luck...

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  26. Dear Jane, thanks for your kind comment to me,today- I treasure it very much.
    --Love your card holder project, it is great, and could hold many other sweet,or dear memmories to be seen.Wonderfull.
    XO Dorthe

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  27. Ok I am just going to call you MacGyver now! Fabulous as usual!!

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  28. Jane, you always, always amaze me! A simply wonderful idea. Sweet pictures too. Best wishes for your week, Tammy

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  29. Cute cute cute!!! I love all of your ideas! You should publish a book!

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  30. These are great! I think they will be a hit at the craft fair....the photos looks so cute in them and they will be neat as recipe holders too....hugs, Linda

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  31. Well.... I would NEVER have thought of that clever idea. You must dream all these fabulous ideas up in your sleep! I can't figure out how somebody could look at two brackets and see a photo holder. You, girl, are the winner of the MOST clever blogger award.... I'm sure they must have one.. :-)

    Huggies,
    Spencer

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  32. Ok, I think we all need to accept the fact that your brain works on a whole other level than everyone else's! I love this idea so much. I've been trying to think of an alternative to those wire photo holders, to hold my old postcards. It looks like you could adjust the brackets and make it as tight or as loose as you want, so that no marks are left on the pictures or postcards. Just brilliant, Jane!

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  33. A-dor-a-ble!!! (in my best singing voice!) I was inspired to drive to the ReStore...over 30 minutes away (we'll I was in the neighborhood) because of your latest creations! Only to find they are closed on Mondays...bummer!

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  34. Jane, Those are darling great idea! I did freak out a bit when I found the White Chenille for $1, it sure cleaned up nicely. Hugs, Diane

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  35. oh, I just can't believe how talented you are!!!!
    thanks for the sweet comment...nine hours...eeeek..its so hard to be sad when they are sooo happy...I am definitly not ready for that...good luck!!!!

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  36. How I missed this post and the automotive clamp post I'll never know...must have been during my brain dead paint week. These are adorable!

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