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Coastal Photo Frame for Summer

It’s that time of year – the time when the family heads to the beach for a little rest and relaxation!    Our family absolutely loves the beach, and we have so many memories of time spent there! Of course, we always take a LOT of pictures while there!   Why not transform those photo memories into a piece of summertime artwork for your home.  Today, I’m going to show you how to make your own coastal photo frame for summer!  Get out that box of photos and make your own to bring some coastal style into your home this summer!

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DIY Nautical Frame for Summer Memories - Hymns and Verses



15 5″ x 7″ Frames
1 piece foam core board
15 5 x 7″ photo prints
Here are the Dollar Tree frames that I purchased.   They had them in silver and gold finish.

Dollar Tree 5 x 7 frame

First, I removed the glass and back from each frame and painted the frames with an off white spray paint that I had on hand.

Spool of twisted rope

This is the rope that I used.  It’s what I had on hand.    I used my glue gun to attach the rope to the inside groove on each frame.  To do this, I started by tying a simple knot in one end of the rope.  Then, I placed the knot in alternating corners as a starting point when gluing.   At the end, I would cut the rope and carefully tuck it under the beginning knot.  See photo below for details.

Close up Details for DIY Coastal Photo Frame - Hymns and Verses


choosing the photos

Now, it was time to choose my photos.  I chose candid shots from past summer vacations at the beach and other summertime events.   Then, I edited  them each a bit because many of the photos were really colorful; and I wanted a more muted look to the photos.  You can use the online free photo editor, Picmonkey, to do this.  Just reduce the saturation.  Then, I sent the images to Costco’s online photo center and ordered each in 5″ x 7″ size.  The cost for all fifteen prints was under $5.

Colorful Parasail Photo - Hymns and Verses

Once I had my prints, I arranged them on my table the way I thought they looked best and then put them into the frames. To make hanging easier, I attached each frame to a piece of foam core board that was just slightly smaller than my frame arrangement.  I first laid out the frames on the foam core board where I wanted them and then one by one, I hot glued them in place. Because the Dollar Tree frames are lightweight, the hot glue is strong enough to secure them to the foam core board.

Wire Frame Hanger for DIY Coastal Frame - Hymns and Verses
I attached a wire photo hanger to the back of the foam core board and hung the display above my mantel.  I hope you like this easy coastal photo frame that will help you showcase those summertime memories in your own home!
Make This Coastal Photo Frame - Hymns and Verses
Here are a few more posts with a coastal / nautical theme.
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Clare godleski

Tuesday 17th of May 2016

I love this! Thanks for sharing. I hope to make this for our Florida home. I was curious as to how you hung that? Could you post a photo of the back? Did you actually use wire and if so how did you secure it? Thanks.


Tuesday 17th of May 2016

Oh WOW!! This is amazing!!! And so clever!!! I love it!! I thought you had found an old window, that's how real it looks?

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