DIY Timber Photo Clipboard

5 Steps To Create Unique Photo Clipboards

Want to display your photos in a chic and unique way? If you’re a fan of the rustic look, this DIY photo clipboard is definitely for you!

DIY Timber Photo Clipboard
Unique Photo Clipboard

This photo display idea is not only easy yet artistic, but it’s also inexpensive to make! You can make one at a very low cost especially if you have some timber boards left from a previous woodworking project. You could also use ply or even MDF that you can then paint or stain to suit your decor. And even if you have to buy new materials for this craft project, it would still be cheaper – and of course, more personalized – than buying regular photo frames!

The benefits of these photo clipboards are that they won’t get damaged easily, since its made of wood and not some fragile materials like glass frames, where a small accident will totally break them. They are not expensive to make. And you can easily change whatever photos you would like to display from time to time.

We love that it’s very easy to replace the photos whenever you feel like it!

DIY Timber Photo Clipboard

Which part of your home would you hang your DIY photo clipboards in?


  • 1″ thick Timber boards
  • Dark Walnut Stain
  • Paste Finishing Wax
  • Sawtooth Hangers
  • Photo Clips
  • Super Glue


  • Sander
  • Hammer
  • Marker
  • Ruler

How to make a photo clipboard

You will be surprised at how easy to make this project. Gather all materials and follow the steps below to make your own fantastic and rustic photo clipboards!

1. Cut the boards

After gathering all the materials and tools you need, you may now cut the boards. Use a 1×12” board and slice it into 4 pieces of 13” boards. The quantity will certainly depend on how many pictures you would like to display.

2. Make the boards look rustic

To make the boards look rustic, sand the corners and edges. Remove all specks of dust then apply a dark walnut stain to your boards. Let it dry for about 15 minutes, then remove the unnecessary stains that didn’t soak into the wood. You can also use a sander to remove some stains on the corners and edges. After removing the dust, you can use a finishing wax to seal the boards.

3. Add the sawtooth hanger

For each board, mount a sawtooth hanger. These sawtooth hangers will be used to hang your clipboards. Remember to mark the centre of the board before mounting these sawtooth hangers.

4. Add the silver clips

Now you can add the silver clips to the upper centre of the boards’ front panel. Remember to mark the centre of the board before attaching these silver clips. You may glue or nail these silver clips to the boards. Then let it dry.

5. Hang your photo clipboards

Now, it’s ready to be hunged to your walls. You can now hang your photo clipboards using the sawtooth hanger at the back panel. Then add your beautiful photos by clipping them using the silver clips.

You can have these displayed in your living room, bedroom or dining area.

Take a look at more examples of a DIY timber photo clipboard in our album below for inspiration.

Click on any image to start the lightbox display. Use your Esc key to close the lightbox.8-)

Thanks to Love Grows Wild for this great project. You can get the detailed full step-by-step instructions here

If you liked these ideas, you will also like viewing these transfering photos on to timber.



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