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Clothesline Photo Gallery

 

Clothesline Photo Gallery
Clothesline Photo Gallery

Create a photo gallery that can be hung anywhere!

My daughter received one of these as a gift when she graduated from high school and she used it in her dorm and every apartment since for displaying photos.

The great thing about this photo gallery, besides being adorable, is that it is wonderful for anyone with limited space for framed photos!   College students, apartment dwellers, and our dearest teenagers will love this clothesline gallery for hanging their favorite photos of their friends, pets and family, especially those special photos of mom!

Make a Photo Clothesline!
Make your own Photo Clothesline!

In this post, I demonstrate two ways to make the photo clothesline gallery. One uses mini-clothespins and the other uses decorative brads and magnets!

What do you need?
Picture Wire
D-ring Frame Hangers
Glow Stick Connectors
Mini-Clothespins
or
Decorative Brads and Mini-magnets

Clothesline Photo Gallery
Clothesline Photo Gallery

First things first – you need a good quality picture wire.  This is a 30 pound coated wire.  No – you will not have 30 pounds of pictures, but the wire is a nice thickness for hanging pictures on and it is very easy to bend and twist.  We consulted with a professional picture framer on this one and she was right, it works perfectly!

The wire came in a 9 foot length, which was longer than we wanted so we used half of it!

Wire for the Clothesline Photo Gallery
Wire for the Clothesline Photo Gallery

Creating the hooks at the ends for hanging the clothesline, was very simple.

To one end of the wire, slide on a glow-stick connector.  It’s the small plastic tube you see in the picture that would normally be used to connect two glow-sticks together. The connectors work perfectly for covering the twisted wire and finishing off the looped ends.

Bend the wire 1.5″ from it’s end and slide the hole of a D-ring frame hanger into the bend in the wire.  Wrap the short end of the wire around to keep the D-ring in place.  Slide the glow-stick connector over the twisted wire and that’s it!  Do the same thing to the other side so you can hang the wire like a clothesline!

Attach D-ring Frame Hangers
Attach D-ring Frame Hangers

When gifting a Clothesline Photo Gallery, I always include a package of command hooks so  the gift can be hung immediately!

Command Hooks for the Clothesline Photo Gallery
Command Hooks for the Clothesline Photo Gallery

If you choose to hang your photos with clothespins, it is easy to find them. At Michael’s we found them in all colors and designs.  We selected the small white clothespins in order to personalize them!

White Clothespins for Photo Gallery
White Clothespins for Photo Gallery

Here are the clothespins my son decorated for a friend of his!  The Sharpie worked fabulously for this project.  It is easy to use and permanent!

Photo Gallery Clothespins
Photo Gallery Clothespins

If you decide you want your photo clothesline to have magnetic clasps to hang the pictures, find decorative brads.  Again at Michael’s or any craft store you will find tons of brads to choose from.  I selected my favorite from the larger brads since the brad needs to be substantial enough for a magnet to stick to and to hold a picture!

Attaching the Brads to the Photo Clothesline
Attaching the Brads to the Photo Clothesline

Open up the prongs of the brad and with a needle nose pliers, twist the ends around the wire.  The prongs are easy to bend and the pliers allows you to pull the prongs tightly around the wire so the brad will stay in place.

Attaching Brads to the Photo Clothesline!
Attaching Brads to the Photo Clothesline!

Attach as many brads as you like.  Not all of them need to have magnets attached to them. Attaching additional brads allows a few more options for hanging pictures!

After you have finished attaching the brads, you will need to make your magnetic clasp.

I purchased Neodymium Magnets at Michael’s again!  The magnets are very strong and 0.25″ in diameter! They were perfect for this project!

Attaching Magnets to Decorative Brads
Attaching Magnets to Decorative Brads

Open up the prongs on the back of a brad, align the magnet in the center back and wrap the prongs around the magnet!

The magnetic clasp created is strong enough to hold photos between it’s self and the brads you have attached to your wire!

Magnet Clasp for Clothesline Photo Gallery
Magnet Clasp for Clothesline Photo Gallery

You are now ready to hang your photos!

Clothesline Photo Gallery
Clothesline Photo Gallery

This is a great gift to make for high school graduates heading off to college this fall!

Magnetic Photo Gallery
Magnetic Photo Gallery
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Graduation Gifts

Party in a box gift
Party in a box gift

A gift that is a party and present all in one! Great for graduations! It’s one way to put a fun spin on a monetary gift! To find out how to put one together, check my earlier post – Party in a Box Gift

College Graduate Gift
Graduation Gift
Graduation Gift

What do you give to a new college graduate? Here is a fun idea – My nephew recently graduated and I wished to give his gift of money a creative, fun twist.  I purchased a dress shirt and on a  card I wrote:   “Now that you are a professional – the girls are going to expect a higher level of elegance on your dates.  Here is a ‘Date’ shirt and $  for you! Congratulations!”

High School Graduation Gift Ideas

Gift Ideas for High School Graduates

Above is a gift I prepared for a recent high school graduate.  He is heading off to college in the fall and I wanted to help him prepare by providing a few necessary items for his dorm room! Really – I just wanted to make giving a monetary gift fun, as you can tell from my “gift tags” and my choice of items…..I do whatever it takes to make it entertaining! To come up with a possible list of items to include in a future college student’s gift, I probed the mind of my daughter (former freshman, now junior college student). Here is her list of dorm gift ideas!

Extension Cord
Command Hooks
Febreze
Hangers…lots of hangers!
Plastic Silverware…her quote “because you know you won’t do dishes”
Set of tools…she used these many times!
Desk Lamp Desk Organizer
Highlighters/Pens/Pencils
Sticky notes
Shower shoes
Shower Caddy
Alarm Clock
Framed Family Picture….picture of mom (that was my addition, not her’s)
Money!

Party in a Box Gift

Party in a box gift
Party in a box gift

Graduation Party Box Gift

When just a gift is not enough!

Years ago a niece was graduating from high school and I felt bad that we were unable to attend her celebration.  Wanting to do something special for her; to send her more than just a gift; I came up with the party in a box.  Inside the party box was a mini celebration that began as soon as the package was unwrapped.  It was so well received that I replicated the same idea for a group of my daughters close friends when they graduated from high school.

What you need for a Mini-Party Box

Balloons and Streamers- This made the filling for my package.  After lining my box with tissue paper, I used curling ribbon for streamers.  The curling ribbon works well since it will remain in excellent twirled form even after bouncing around the mail truck!
I also added small blown up balloons.  Because I didn’t fill the balloons with too much air they were unlikely to pop and made for a festive package filling!

 Gifts-  Wrap your gifts or cards and include them in the box.  I usually send cards with money for graduations and the party box makes getting a card all the more special!

 A banner-  Every congratulatory party needs a banner and the party box is no exception.  I taped together long narrow strips of colored paper.  After writing out Congratulations, I used my favorite scrap-booking accessory and punched out colored circles for each girl’s name.  I than rolled it, tied it up with curling ribbon and placed it in the box along with the gifts.

 Cake-  Since sending a cake was not an option, I sent this wonderful box of chocolate Lindt Petits Desserts.  It was perfect!  They looked like petit fours and are quite delicious!  You can locate them by checking the Lindt website.
There are lots of wonderful options available!

 Guests  Lastly, every party has to have guests.  So I created a tri-fold, stand on it’s own, guest card made with cardstock and filled with pictures of my family.  I even included a picture of the dog! I folded it up, labeled the outside and tied it with ribbon.

 

Party in a box gift
Party in a box gift

The party box idea can be used for any celebrations.  Send me ideas on how you have used the Party in a Box idea for your out-of-reach celebrations!

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