Easy DIY Faux Bois Photo Board

By Brittni • posted on 02/12/2024

Tropical Storm Faye made her way through Florida late last week, which meant I was off from work for a few days with little to do.

Since it was difficult to leave the house much because of the rain, I thought I would be resourceful and come up with something I could make to occupy my time using things I already had around the house.

I found a piece of cardboard and a roll of woodgrain contact paper and I was ready to go.

I decided to make a quick and easy bulletin board, so I could display some of my old family photographs until I am able to get them framed. And I was pretty happy with the results.

The whole thing took about 30 minutes from start to finish and cost all of $9 in materials (but I already had everything I needed- so really I wasn’t out any cash at all). 

Here’s how to make your own:


  • Cardboard (any size) $0.00  
  • Faux Bois Contact Paper (about 2 feet depending on the size) about $2.00  
  • White Simple Picture Frame $7.00 (variable- if you get a frame from the thrift store it would be even cheaper obviously)  
  • Scissors  
  • Xacto Knife (optional)

How To Make a DIY Photo Board

1. Cut cardboard and attach contact paper.

Cut cardboard to desired size.

Then remove one corner of the contact paper backing and start at a corresponding corner of the cardboard.

While smoothing the contact paper to adhere to the cardboard and get rid of any bubbles, continue pulling the backing away from the contact paper and smooth as you go.

You can use whatever method you prefer here, but I thought this was the easiest way to do it.

2. Add additional contact paper if desired.

Once I finished applying the first layer of contact paper, I realized I wanted it to have a little added interest.

So, I cut strip several strips of leftover contact paper into various widths and applied them in the opposite direction.

I was surprised at how well it all blended together.

3. Cut excess and frame.

Cut off any excess and then pop it into your frame. Simple!

UPDATE: Here are the links to other sites that have referenced this tutorial. Go check them out.

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Ha! That is so cool Nikki. Thanks for sharing. Love what you did with the candlesticks. White spray paint never fails!


I love the tutorial and just found the same deer candlesticks at Salvation Army, oddly enough. http://inspirationincarnate.blogspot.com/2010/10/oh-deer.html

Truly love your DIYs.


This is tres cool. I have some chalkboard contact paper lying around, and some unused Ikea frames, you’ve inspired me to use ’em in a similar manner! The opposite strips of woodgrain do make it look really cool, though.


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Wow! What a fantastic idea. I’m thinking of doing something like that, but with a magnetic board underneath. Thanks so much for the inspiration!


Thanks for all the compliments everyone!

So far I haven’t had any problem with it looking like too hole-y. I use thin sewing needles as tacks though.


I do like it, but what doesn’t it get holey after a while?


I just blogged about your tutorial on Craftstylish.com. You can check it out here:

Is that a Perch! vase in the top photo?


Nice bog you have here. I pretty much lurk the internet when I’m bored and read all I can about the organic lifestyle, but I really liked you view on things. I’ll bookmark the site and subscribe to the feed!

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I just saw this on the craftzine blog and I thought it sounded easy enough and is cute to boot.


I think that’s beautiful1


ooh love this, it looks really great!


Cool project! Just discovered your blog and it has alot of great finds 🙂 Going in my bookmarks…


Great project; Love the blog!

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