Vintage wooden spool photo holders...
Got these spools on a whim at Brimfield. I just loved the color of the wood, the vintage labels, and I saw lots of potential in them. Their size is perfect for my collection of vintage photo booth pictures. My nerd girl heart is totally geeking out on these- tiny old pics in tiny old wooden spools!
For Renegade Brooklyn I sawed a line across birch stumps for item signage. Remembering that, brought me to this project, wooden spool photo holders. They don't have to be vintage, these vintage-like spools would work too, and you can stain the wood.
It's easy to make these, but using a hacksaw requires lots of patience and of course, be extra super careful! The hardest part for me was making smooth back and forth motions to cut the wood. The blade kept jumping around, which caused the paper labels to get a little messed up (bummed me out). So, take it real slow.
Vice grip (optional, totally helpful!)
- Mark the spools diagonally with a pencil and ruler.
- Hold the spool in place, or even better use a vice grip if you have one (I didn't have this). Drag the saw along the pencil guide line in one direction until you make a distinct groove in the wood.
- Saw slowly back and forth until the groove is about 1/4" deep. Be careful, the blade can jump out of the groove and mark the spool or even cut you if you're not careful.
- Slide your photo in. If the photo is falling forward, place some cardboard behind the picture to hold it in place.