You’re back from holidays with hundreds of great vacation photos, but what happens to those precious snaps once you’re home? I used to forget about them, only showing them off occasionally when asked about my holidays. Well, it was time for a change and I decided to show off my favourite vacation photos for everyone to see. The results are amazing! Guests always comment on how beautiful my gallery wall of black framed photos look on the crisp white walls. It has become a real conversation piece of favourite holidays. I love it.
Usually you would buy frames to fit the size of your photos. Since I already had five large IKEA frames I wanted to repurpose, I had to make my photos fit in the frames. It required a bit of arts and craft but it was all worth it. Here’s what I did:
The mat openings were too big for the size of my photos. I tried printing larger size photos but the bigger they got the blurrier they became. So I used black construction paper to make up for the size of the pictures.
I used black construction paper for the background, cut each piece one inch (all around) larger than the size of my photos.
I sprayed adhesive glue on the back of each of my photos and centered on the black paper. Don’t spray them all at once – the glue will dry up. Do one at a time.
Tip to line up photos with mats the easy way
If you’ve ever tried to line up your photos so that the mat frames the exact spot you want, you know how tricky that can be. Place a piece of tape on the back of the construction paper with the sticky part facing up, gently place the mat over the surface of the image, and press on the top of the mat for the tape to stick to the mat. Confused? See how it’s done here.
If you’re familiar with IKEA’s Ribba frames, you know that the metal tabs on the back often fall out. Since I frame lots of stuff (it’s part of my job) I bought a point driver to insert new tabs to keep the back of frames in place. OMG, it works like a charm. It’s the yellow tool below.
Since my frames are identical, I decided to hang them in a perfect row to beautifully showcase each photo. If the thought of hanging this many frames makes you nervous, don’t worry! It’s easier than you think. You can see how I hung each frame here.
I took these photos when my kids were 9 years old, and they’re now in their twenties. I’ve always love these snaps because they are from our first family vacation at the cottage. The kids spent the entire summer playing in the lake and jumping on the trampoline with friends. That’s what holidays are for, isn’t it?
I often get ask what to hang on walls. As you can see, framing and displaying your own photos is a great way to add personality to your space without having to spend much money. So go ahead, and turn your holiday photos into pieces of art.
What’s your best way to share your vacation photos? Share with us by commenting in the box below.
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Co-Founder of Under The Roof Decorating