February 9, 2012

Snapshot Photo Wall

Today I want to share my Snapshot Photo Wall.

I have several places in my home with pictures.  But they're all posed.  What to do with all those fun snapshot ones??  I wanted to display them - they're just as good, if not better, than the posed ones, and we all love seeing them and the memories that come with them.

First up, the tricky part - selecting the pictures!  Super overwhelming since I take so many snapshots, so I put parameters on it.  I decided to do group pictures from vacations - that way everyone is in the picture and  it will remind us of the fun things we've done as a family.

Next up, prep them.  I had pictures in 2 different sizes, 8x10 and 5x7.  I cut foam board into sizes slightly bigger than that and painted the edges black.  Then spray the back of the picture with spray glue, place on top of the foam board, and smooth into place:
Now, to hang them - first lay out the arrangement on the floor to see if you like it.  I already had a big vinyl quote on the wall and knew I wanted pictures on either side of it.
I think the way we hung the pictures was genius.  I was telling Trevor that I needed him to figure out how to hang them on the wall or I just might hot glue them on (I've done it before with a jewelry hanger....).  But to my surprise he said that wasn't a bad idea - it just needed modified.  He stuck a piece of painters tape on the wall, put a line of hot glue directly onto it, then grabbed a foam board picture and pushed it onto the hot glue.  It's months later and they're all holding strong!
 I love how they stand off the wall a little because they're on foam board (left over from a previous project).  Kind of like a canvas, only tons cheaper.
 But mostly I love having snapshots of vacations on my wall.  The kids love to point themselves out and talk about the places we've been.  Some aren't even that big of vacations - just one day to somewhere close to home, but to them they're a big deal.  I love to walk in and see them just starring at the wall.  Why didn't I do this years ago??

 I have a couple other Decorating with Photos ideas, like the CHEAP GIANT PICTURE (the leftover foam board is what I used above) and the PHOTO WALL BOARD (love those crazy faces!)


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12 Fabulous Comments:

Love the foam board idea. I'm getting on this project asap! I like the quotation on the wall especially, and having it flanked by the photos is a nice touch.

Love this! Maybe when I get my living room re-done, if I ever do, I can do something like this. Maybe over the mantle?

I really like the wall. I've been wanting to do something like this in the bathroom, but I can't decide if it's weird to do it in the bathroom. lol

It looks wonderful. I have a lot of pictures in my house but nothing other then just tossing up the pictures. Great family photo's too I have too few of those.

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May I ask where you got the wall saying? I love it!

Great idea and way to use photos. I take so many pics and even get them printed and then.....

Genius idea with the tape and hot glue! Especially since their on the lighter foam board! Love how they look surrounding your quote!

Just tried this in the basement to avoid drilling into foundation cement block. Love it! I used small pieces of cork. We'll see if it sticks to the cold Wisconsin basement wall long-term.

Just found this idea! Can I ask how you did the quotations on the wall?

I got it from Sassy Sites - - here's the post with the info: http://www.sugarbeecrafts.com/2011/09/wall-subway-art.html
I love it!!

can I ask what you used to cut the foam board with? I am currently doing your enlarged pictures with btw are a AMAZING idea=) but i cut them with a sharp knife but had to take a fine grit sand paper to the edged to smooth them out a bit.

I cut it with an electric knife - like for carving a turkey. Good luck!

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