DIY | Interchangeable Photo Garland

5 Minute DIY | Interchangeable photo garland (via

If you really think about it, any fool can peg some photos to some string. That is literally what pegs were designed for! So, before we start, let’s get real for a second. This is not one of those ‘oh wow! So clever!’ kind of craft projects. It’s more, this is a more long term way of doing something we’ve all probably done a billion times.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, I have a question for you… am I the only one who constantly loses things like pegs? Give me a small, useful object and before you can say “HEY! I just bought that!” I will have lost it down the back of a wardrobe or in the cushions of the couch. In fact, I am convinced that when we move, we will find mountains of bobby pins, tiny pegs and backs of earrings underneath all of our furniture!

I’ve been digging garlands lately (in case my floral and bee versions didn’t give that away) so I decided that instead of making a whole new garland every time the mood took me, I would set up a permanent line specifically for an ever-changing decoration. Then I remembered that I would have to go buy some more mini pegs because, as previously indicated - I had lost all mine. (Even my set of hot pink pegs. How do you lose 20 bright pink objects?!)

“No more!” I declared, upon arriving home from the craft store with yet another packet. So I set about making my new garland suitable for accident prone people like me.

5 Minute DIY | Interchangeable photo garland (via

5 Minute DIY | Interchangeable photo garland (via

1. Cut a length of string approximately 1/4 larger than you need.

2. Take your first peg and thread the string through the wire loops in the center of the peg and push the peg to one end of the string.

3.  Double knot the string around one ‘arm’ of the peg so that the knot sits flush against the flat outside. This will be the back of your garland.

4. Repeat with the rest of the pegs, spacing them along the string at least one hands-width apart. Be careful to keep all the pegs the same way up, or else you will get an uneven garland.

5. Hang or tie your garland where you want to display it and affix your photos (or decorations) to the string using the pegs. Enjoy the freedom to swap and change your garland as the seasons change or as the mood strikes. Also enjoy the fact that you will not lose these pegs, nor will you cat bat them around the floor at 3am because your dropped them everywhere!

5 Minute DIY | Interchangeable photo garland (via

5 Minute DIY | Interchangeable photo garland (via

  • emma lou

    July 16, 2014 at 12:15 am Reply

    I love this idea, it looks great!

    • Dani

      July 16, 2014 at 9:10 pm Reply

      Thanks Emma-Lou! :)

  • Alexandra (@folkandfest)

    July 16, 2014 at 7:31 pm Reply

    This is such a cute idea and love the little video you put together !

    • Dani

      July 18, 2014 at 8:23 am Reply

      Thanks Alexandra! I am a little hooked on making animated gif’s these days ;)

  • Latrina (oftreesandhues)

    July 21, 2014 at 5:28 am Reply

    That’s such a cute idea! I like the idea of having pictures + little geometric shapes scattered throughout the garland too. :)

    • Dani

      July 21, 2014 at 3:03 pm Reply

      Good thinking! I’m gonna give that a try! :)

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