DIY Wire Star Photo Holder

DIY Wire Star Photo Holder

We’re super excited to intro­duce our newest craft con­trib­u­tor, Vic­to­ria Hud­gins. Vic­to­ria is the edi­to­r­ial man­ager for Alt Design Sum­mit and the author of A Sub­tle Rev­elry, where she shares her pas­sion for the art of merry mak­ing. Enjoy!

Add a lit­tle cheer that will last even after the hol­i­days are through by mak­ing a sweet col­lec­tion of DIY photo hold­ers. Every year grow­ing up, we would always receive a photo holder for Christ­mas to dis­play our favorite photo from the season.

It makes such a dif­fer­ence come Jan­u­ary to have a few happy snaps sit­ting around the room or on your desk, and it’s a great way to help your kids make the tran­si­tion back to nor­malcy after all the hoopla of the hol­i­day season.

DIY Wire Star Photo Holder Tutorial


  • Sim­ple wooden blocks (found at craft stores)
  • Paint
  • Heavy gauge flo­ral wire
DIY Wire Star Photo Holder Tutorial

Step 1
Paint the blocks using bright col­ors to cheer win­ter blues away.

Step 2
Cut the wire to size (the stars pic­tured above are 8-in. long).

Step 3
Use a tem­plate of a star that you love (here is a great one). Print it out and begin to bend the star around the tem­plate. Use nee­dle nose pli­ers to make crisp angles and be sure to leave a 1/2-in. sec­tion in the mid­dle to hold your photos.

Step 4
Gen­tly twist the wire into the top cen­ter of the wooden block. You shouldn’t need a drill for this, the wood is soft enough that the wire will twist right in and stay. Use a small fit­ted drill bit if needed.

Step 5
Fill with happy pho­tos of the hol­i­days and adorn your man­tels, desks, and rooms with joy all year long.

DIY Wire Star Photo Holder Tutorial

Happy craft­ing!