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DIY: Clothespin Polaroid Trellis

I finally got around to one of the many DIY projects on my To Do list this weekend. I tend to make it a habit of taking Polaroids whenever my friends show up at my house, as a visual guest book, if you will. So for some time, I've had a stock full of Polaroids to display, and too many to frame individually. I'd been playing around with the idea of hanging them from rows of twine on a wall, but wanted an impermanent yet handsome way to attach them. When I stumbled upon these Susy Jack* Studio Clips ($5 for 5), I knew I'd found my solution. While I do highly recommend the Studio Clips because they're simply lovely, there's no reason you can't use traditional clothespins to make what I'm calling a "Clothespin Polaroid Trellis."


  • 1 ball of twine
  • Clothespins or Studio Clips
  • Thumbtacks (2 per row, colored to match your wall or molding)
  • Scissors
  • Polaroids, other photos, or souvenirs

To learn the steps,

  1. Using the twine, measure the width you'd like your rows to be, leaving about an inch extra for the knots, and cut. We'll call this R1.
  2. Cut the exact same width for as many rows as you'd like. We'll call these R2, R3 and so on.
  3. Again using the twine, measure the height you'd like your trellis to be, or just cut enough twine to span the height of the wall from eye level down, and cut. We'll call this H1.
  4. Repeat this cut once more. We'll call this H2.
  5. Tie a basic knot at the very top of H1, and repeat for H2.
  6. Knot one end of R1 below the knot on H1, and the other end just below the knot on H2.
  7. Decide how many rows you'd like. If you want 4 rows, then tie three more knots on both H1 and H2 spaced equally about 6 inches apart.
  8. As in #6, knot one end of R2 to the knots on H1 and H2, and continue with R3, R4, etc. until you have as many rows as you desire.
  9. Using thumbtacks, tack each knot (each place where a row of twine meets the height of twine) into the wall. A molding, as on my wall, is a good place to set your trellis, or even an unadorned window.
  10. Clip your Polaroids or other mementos, using the clothespin. And, voilà!
  11. Susy (of Susy Jack*) specifically designed the decorative papers for the shape of her Studio Clips. But, to make your own, cut your paper of choice to the size of the front of the clothespin. Then, using Mod Podge, adhere the paper to the clothespin, and let dry.

    Let me know if you have any questions, and send in photos if you resolve to make your own Clothespin Polaroid Trellis.

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