DIY Painted Sticks & Photo Display

Today’s DIY has two parts: the first is painting sticks, and the second part is using those sticks to create a beautiful photo display! I’ve always loved the idea of gathering branches and sticks outside and painting them with bright colors and patterns, and then incorporating them into my decor. They look beautiful simply as a wall display, and I’ve also seen people attach hooks and mount them on a wall to use as a key holder. I decided to use mine to create unique photo displays — a great use for all you photo hoarders out there!

diy painted sticks

Start by collecting some sticks outside — if you plan on making a photo display, try to get two of similar length, but if you’re just doing this for fun, get a variety of shapes and sizes!

diy painted sticks

I used acrylic paints for this — I started with just the primary colors and some white paint and mixed them to create the shades I wanted.

diy painted sticks

Have fun with the painting and get as creative and crazy as you want!

diy painted sticks

diy painted stick photo display

Gather some photos to put in your display – since the sticks are so colorful, I used black and white photos. The rope was left over from my DIY macrame wall hanging.

diy painted stick photo display

Lay out the sticks and photos as you want them to appear in the display – this will help you determine how much rope you’ll need.

diy painted stick photo display

I simply tied the rope around the sticks as pictured.

diy painted sticks

Hang the photo display on a wall and attach photos to it with clothes pins or paper clips! The great thing about this display is that you can change the photos as often as you please.

diy painted stick photo display

I used two of the smaller sticks to make a mini photo display – I love the simplicity of this one.

What would you do with some painted sticks?

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Love this!! Thanks for sharing :)

MacK @ SoulMakes Blog


This made me smile immediately when I came to the blog today. I’m so eager to try it this week and welcome summer!


Beautiful! <3


Thanks! My sister’s birthday is next week, and I’m going to make her one of these!!

This is amazing. Such a cute idea!!


This would be so cute a lake/beach house!

these are sooo cute! i think i’m going to make one as a surprise for my boyfriend =]


I love this! This will be a great revision break :)

Good colour in these pictures! I love DIY, too. Thanks for your share.

The Wards

featured this on my blog:
Thanks for the cool idea!


I love this! This would be nice in my kitchen since my magnets do not work on my refrigerator.


i love this unique idea to bring the earth into your house. I am making this right now and am having a blast!


Hey, My name is Laura and I blog about tips for displaying printed Instagram photos. I have been doing lots of looking around to find unique ideas and I just want to let you know I love this idea! I love seeing the crafty ideas that people create to display their photos! thank you for the inspiration and thank you for sharing.