DIY Industrial Photo Holder

Colour Saturated Life | DIY Industrial Photo Holder

As you know I am always looking for fun and unique ways to display photography in my home, well today I have another one for you! This one is a quite simple DIY Industrial Photo Holder using an unexpected item…..trouser hangers! I didn’t do step by step pictures as this really is incredibly simple!

Colour Saturated Life | DIY Industrial Photo Display

Before we get into the tutorial I want to talk about the size of the photos. The hangers come in a set size so it does limit what size of the photo you can use. The span between the two clips on the hangers I have are about 11 inches. Therefore one side of your photo has to be at least 11 inches, otherwise you cannot clip the photo. Another option is to make the foamboard larger than your photo and have a border around the photo (I chose not to do this but it would look good also). The handy thing about leaving a border is that the clips will not touch the photos, I accepted that I would have place the clip on the photo. I chose to print my photos at 12×18 inches.

I always have lots of cardboard lying around and I use this to spray paint my items on. Do one side of the hangers then the other, allowing the first side to dry first. I also painted the metal hooks at the same time.

Spray Painting Tips:

  • I always spray paint outside in the shade and sheltered from wind
  • Shake the can for at least a minute before using and make sure you hear the rattle
  • Place your item on cardboard
  • Don’t get too close when spraying, keep it about 20-30cm away
  • This is probably most important – Do several LIGHT coats – I generally do 2-3 coats
  • Leave enough time for your paint to dry before touching.

While the hangers dry you can apply your image to your foamboard. I chose to use black foamboard, but white will work also. Spray your adhesive onto your foamboard, make sure you get to all the edges. If you want to avoid finger prints on your photos you can wear gloves to apply your photo. Make sure you press it down firmly across the whole photo, paying particular attention to the edges.

Clip your pictures with the hangers and hang up using a picture hook.

Colour Saturated Life | DIY Industrial Photo Holder

Colour Saturated Life | DIY Industrial Photo Holder


Colour Saturated Life | DIY Industrial Photo Holder

Colour Saturated Life | DIY Industrial Photo Holder

I hung mine on picture hooks that I spray painted black also, these are really great hooks you just push them into the wall, no tools required and they just leave a small hole. I also thought another variation could be to Spray Paint the metal parts copper or gold and the wooden part white or black depending on what you like. I have made a few of these for use in my office to show off my portfolio of images. I love that I can switch and change these out anytime and it costs very little! Have a great weekend and a wonderful Mothers Day!



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  • Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai - May 31, 2015 - 2:41 am

    What a cute idea! Love this frame, and the photo too. ๐Ÿ™‚ Please come share your blog posts over at the Home Matters Linky Party! We’d love to have you for a visit. The Door is OPEN. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Erica - May 23, 2015 - 8:58 am

    Love it! Sometimes simple things are the best things and I love how this hanger allows the beauty of your photo to truly shine! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Shonee - May 10, 2015 - 12:32 am

    this is awesome!! simple yet so pretty! I love that photo too!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - May 10, 2015 - 9:29 am

      Thanks Shonee!ReplyCancel

  • Marlene @ Jade and Fern - May 9, 2015 - 11:20 am

    I second that! Just found your blog recently and I am in love. Great use of a trouser hanger…and that painted wood crate!! Did you make that too?ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - May 10, 2015 - 9:31 am

      Thanks Marlene! The crate is one I bought at a shop called Typo here in Australia. They don’t sell them anymore. I actually thought when I bought it you could so easily make one as it is just made of plywood! Maybe I should do a tutorial! Thanks for stopping by! xoReplyCancel

  • Thistle - May 8, 2015 - 11:23 pm


    Your blog is SO beautiful and your styling is amazing.

    You have TOTALLY inspired me today!

    Thanks friend!

    • Gilly - May 10, 2015 - 9:32 am

      Thanks KariAnne! I love you and your blog! xoReplyCancel

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