How-To Make a DIY Picture Clothesline

We’ve been getting really crafty recently and we’ve been doing a lot of cool things with photos and prints lately. For our 1st wedding anniversary, Andrew printed up all of our Instagram photos from the past year, so I decided we should create a DIY picture clothesline to display our favorites. Here is a step-by-step guide to making your very own picture clothesline! These 5 easy steps should take you less than 30 minutes to complete.

Instagram prints for picture clothesline project

You Will Need:

  • Twine
  • Hammer
  • Scissors
  • Thumb Tacks
  • Mini Clothespins
  • Photos

Picture clothesline project tools

Step 1: Once you’ve gathered all of the items you need, you’re ready to begin this very easy DIY picture clothesline project! Find a wall in your home where you would like to display your picture clothesline.

Step 2: Insert thumb tacks into the wall so that they are level, but a few feet apart from one another. You will want to separate the thumb tacks farther or bring them closer together depending on the size of the wall you’re using. We used a hammer to make sure the tacks were really tapped in for a secure hold.

Step 3: Cut a piece of twine slightly longer than the distance between both of your thumb tacks. Take the 1st end of the twine and tie a little loop. Place the loop on the first thumb tack.

Step 4: Stretch your twine (now looped around the 1st thumb tack) across to the 2nd thumb tack and create another loop to place around the 2nd thumb tack. You want to make sure your twine is pretty taught, as the weight of the photos will cause the twine to sag quite a bit. That’s the style we’re going for, but you will want to prevent the line from sagging too much.

DIY picture clothesline project

Step 5: Cut any excess twine (like we had to do in the pic above) and you’re all done! You can start hanging your photos from your DIY picture clothesline using your mini clothespins! These mini clothespins can be found at just about any craft store. We got ours at Michael’s.

Mini clothespins for DIY picture clothesline

Now we used some super cool prints from our Instagram accounts.
*Hint Hint: Follow us on Instagram!
Megan: @justbees
Andrew: @yooobake

As I said before, Andrew had our Instagram photos from the past year printed as an anniversary gift. He used a site called WinkFlash.com to print the photos. He also utilized Webstagram to download my Instagram photos to upload + print via WinkFlash. I personally think the neat little square Instagram photos are ideal for the picture clothesline. What do you think?

Picture clothesline

DIY picture clothesline

What’s My (House’s) Age Again? Part 1

In this two part post we will examine the history of our area and the sometimes conflicting stories we’ve heard about our house.

Tiltons Corner NJ

We have been told a lot of different things about the origins of our house in the past year. We’ve been told the house was built from military housing lumber, we’ve been told it was the first house on the street, we’ve been told it was built in 1952, 1953, and even the 1940’s. I’m beginning to question these facts and I’m beginning to wonder what the real story is.

Tiltons Corner, NJ

From what I understand, our house is in Hazlet Township, our mailing address is West Keansburg (although we aren’t part of West Keansburg or Keansburg) and the area was at some point in the past known as Tilton’s Corner. This name only shows up in the 1930 US Geological Survey, and on some old topographical maps. The (extremely) local dialect seems to pronounce the town “Kingsburg” sometimes. However illogical that sounds, it turns out that at some point that may have been accepted. According to C.C. Vermeule and the first NJ state topographical study, the area was, in fact, known as Kingsburg. With that being said, take it with a grain of salt. This was the 1870’s were talking about here. Except for a few typos I can’t find any solid evidence that the area was ever called Kingsburg. Nowhere in my travels, including John Kean’s biography, for whom the town is named to the town historical society website can I find a clear path to “Kingsburg”.

Kingsburg NJ Topo Map

Our neighborhood was farms “as far as the eye could see” until the middle of the century. The last farm disappeared in the 1980’s and was replaced with some pretty standard single family homes. According to our deed and records the neighborhood was first divided into blocks in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. The town of Hazlet changed its name from “Raritan” to “Hazlet” and the town experienced significant growth in the 1960’s.

Keansburg Development Company Inc

There isn’t any info online about “The Keansburg Development Company, Inc” that divided and sold the lots but our deed shows that they did in fact divide and publish a map with the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office on August 31st 1950. So that means our house could not have been built before 1950. That’s at least one mystery solved.

1953 & 2007 Keansburg NJ

That’s all for now. Look out for part two of this two part post about our house’s history.

Photos taken by Andrew. Maps and images were pulled from Historic Aerials , the NJ DEP and USGS.

Fresh Fresh Fresh Fresh Fresh Fresh

We’re freshening things up! How do you like our look for Summer 2012?!

GET OUTSIDE this summer! The Wilderness Must Be Explored!

When we’re not at work, working on the house or inside blogging…we’re working and playing outside. We love hiking and even just walking around our neighborhood. We’re hoping our Summer 2012 reFRESHed design will inspire y’all to get outside this season. There’s just nothing like exploring a new park (at least for us), and with all the moving + traveling around New Jersey we’ve done over the years, we’ve explored A LOT of places!

I just checked in with Andrew today (while we were on a hike), to see what his favorite parks of all time were. I told him he couldn’t pick Yellowstone, but other, smaller National Parks would be okay. So he picked Sandy Hook and Wharton State Forest, but great places here in Jersey. I’m more of a “favorite of the moment” kind of person, so I chose Deep Cut Park! It’s in Middletown, NJ, just a few miles from our house. They have beautiful gardens and some great paths to check out. Here are two pics from a few months ago. As you can imagine, things are even greener today!

DIY and home improvement bloggers explore the great outdoorsDIY and home improvement bloggers explore the great outdoorsHere are some of our favorite “outside moments” from the past few years:

DIY and home improvement bloggers explore the great outdoors

Yellowstone National Park

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Plymouth, MA

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Batsto Village, New Jersey

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Smithville, New Jersey (an obvious fave)

Wedding photo courtesy of RHM Photography