Frames aren’t the only way to display photographs. Sure, they’re beautiful, but I like to think outside the box. This little tutorial is a quick and easy way to display photos to surprise your mom or wife – great for last-minute decorating if you’re having family over for Mother’s Day brunch.
First, you need to print out a gob of 4×6 photos. I used HP advanced photo paper and I love the quality.
Next, you have to figure out the shape or word you want to create. I went back and forth over this, but after trying for hours to create a shape, I went with one of the heart shapes HP had on their website. I just don’t have the spacial awareness, y’all.
For my heart, I needed 21 pictures. Then (because of that spacial awareness problem) I laid all the photos out of the ground. For a toddler, this would be easy. For me, I needed my husband to help.
Then the fun started. I took some paint-safe tape (but you can use anything you’d like to secure your photos) and started piecing together the heart.
And the finished product!
I realized after I completed the photo heart that if I’d used tape as a guide, it would have been a lot easier. For me. Not for a normal person. It would also be really cool if you found pictures that all had the same hue – maybe a bunch of pictures of your kids playing on green grass, or playing in a room with pink walls. Anything to make the display that much more visually appealing.
What are some other display ideas you’ve come up with? Upload your examples to the TSAM Photo Fun Flickr group so we can compliment and learn from each other (If you don’t have a flickr account, just link to your photos in the comments).
Want more photo display ideas? You can find them here thanks to HP, my awesome photo partners.
Piecing your heart together in more ways than one. She’s a doll.
Rumour Miller says:
Oh I love that idea! Then you can switch them up every now and again and put them in albums.
Auntie Mip says:
Happy Mother’s Day Heather!!!
I so enjoy reading your tips and tricks for better photos. I am such an amateur, but LOVE pictures. One of my little patients couldn’t pronounce my name correctly and called me Mippi, thus the nickname. My nieces and nephews call me the “Miparazzi”…secretly they love that fact that I take all these great pix because well, lets face it, the Facebook profile options abound:-)
I hope tomorrow is glorious for you and your family. You have a lovely mama who raised an exceptional daughter. And you in turn will take what you learned and brand it with your won special magic for Annabel. Mad die will find a way to make her presence unknown. I pray with all my might you feel her every day, but especially tomorrow!
Auntie Mip says:
Oh my goodness…my iPad autocorrected Maddie’s name…I am so very sorry. Friggin auto correct. Friggin iPad!!!
Cutest display ever! Love it. ;o) Thanks for the idea.
That is SUCH a cute idea!
I absolutely love it.
Happy Mother’s Day to you.
Great idea – thank you for sharing. Happy Mother’s Day!
I’ve used the jar-as-frame idea from Photojojo for pictures in my niece’s room. She loves it!
I LOVE your photography tips! I just got a Rebel for Mother’s Day and I am sooooooo excited!!!! I can’t wait to start taking tons of pictures- if they are even half as good as yours, I will be thrilled!!!