I sent out the word that I was on the lookout for a large wooden frame in any condition. My wonderful mother was able to find one at an auction and picked it up for a whopping $2.50.
What $2.50 can get you...
I sanded it down and painted it. Spray paint would have been easier and faster, but it also costs money and I'm not all for that. Instead, I used left-over wall paint and gave it a couple of coats. After it dried I sanded it again to give it a slightly aged look.
I bought some natural jute at Hobby Lobby and used thumb tacks to string it on the frame. The original tutorial used upholstery tacks and pinned it on the front of the frame but I preferred to do mine on the back.
I had ordered some pictures to hang on the jute but I wasn't sure what size to get. I opted for 4x6 but next time I may order 5x7. I didn't want to use full size clothespins and couldn't find the small ones anywhere. Instead, I used some binder clips that I picked up at the dollar store and found I like the look better than the clothespins.
I may add another line of jute and more pictures or I may order larger sized pictures, I haven't decided yet. I thought of taking off the hanging line but I actually don't mind that you can see it. All in all, it was a cheap and easy project and I am loving how it looks on my wall.
P.S. I have 400 feet left of Jute if anyone can suggest crafts that use it. ; -)