The older I’ve gotten (and now that I have kids), I value pictures so much more. I want to remember the moments and preserve them in time. I’m still not the best at getting pictures printed, but I thought this year would be a great time to make something special just for our family! I created this photo tree for under $20.
photo tree
I went to the dollar store and bought different size frames. You could also check thrift stores or just round up some frames you already have. You won’t be able to reuse them, so make sure you don’t need them for anything else.
photo tree
1. Layout the frames in a design that resembles a tree. You want all the frames to touch and you can even layer a few for some dimension. (They won’t make a perfect tree, only resemble one, so it’s OK if it’s imperfect!) You also might want to take a picture of it on your phone to reference as you work.
photo tree
2. Once you have it all laid out like you want it, put all the pictures in the frames, then heat up your glue gun. You will need Gorilla Hot Glue for this project to work!!
photo tree
3. Glue all the frames together, along the sides, in the pattern you laid out.
4. After all the sides are glued together, flip it over and add some thin scrap pieces of wood for stability. My $1 frames are pretty flimsy so the wood helps keep them from wobbling when it’s moved.
5. Add some picture hooks to the wood so you can hang it easily.
photo tree
You can find more detailed instructions and photos of the finished project, by checking out my blog post!

Suggested materials:

  • Inexpensive frames (I got all of mine for $1 from the dollar store.)
  • Gorilla Hot Glue Sticks  (Walmart ONLY)
  • Glue gun
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Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!


Have a question about this project?

3 questions
  • Bbetheonly
    on Dec 14, 2016

    Gorilla glue stick? Did not know they made them. Is it better than regular glue sticks?

    • Doreen
      on Dec 15, 2016

      I'm so glad someone asked that question!! I love gorilla glue & am so excited they have them in glue sticks!!!

  • Susan
    on Dec 14, 2016

    It looks great..good job on the layout. How did you attach the wood strips on the back...gorilla glue there too?

  • Karen Goff Lott
    on Dec 22, 2016

    I have the same question that was asked... Did you use the gorilla glue to attach the strips of wood?? Or some other way??

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