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.