A photo wall is the perfect way to keep family memories alive year round, rather than storing your photos on your computer or forgetting them in your camera. Of course you can share your photos on Facebook, Flickr, Instagram or any of the photo sharing websites but how often will you go back there to enjoy the photos, and memories of what you were doing when the photos were taken.
If you don't have a family photo wall, want to create another photo wall or just update the one you have, we've collected the best tips from around the web to help you. There isn't one right way of displaying your photos as our rooms and walls are different, along with thousands of different frames so have fun and please share your photos of your photo wall (email photos to share on our photo wall gallery).
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Photo Wall Tips from Around the Web
- “Shop your house for other objects to hang with your frames … I love the impact that a combination of frames and architectural elements delivers” from Myra Hope, My Blessed Life.
- Julie at LessThanPerfectLifeofBliss, “… wanted to include a little print of Paris bought from a street vendor, so she took an empty frame, a piece of twine, and a couple baby clothespins & created her own art for her art.”
- Almost everyone talked about designing their photo wall “off the wall” to minimize the number of unwanted holes. They recommend using newspaper or butcher paper to make templates and tape them to the wall, to guide you hanging your framed photos.
- Diane Henkler at In My Own Style, shared the best step-by-step description of how she created her 3D photo wall … isn't it great?
- Many photo walls include extra decorative items like mirrors, clocks and large initials are popular (see Pinterest).
- Another popular feature are sayings written on the wall in soft, flowing script.
- Photo walls can also be functional, with photos adding a special touch to the walls.
Buying Inexpensive Frames for Photo Walls
You'd be surprised at all the great suggestions for where to buy frames, so here they are …
- Love it, gaudy frames at craft stores … as long as you're going to paint them.
- Kohls and other department stores have 50% off sales, right after the holidays.
- Local thrift and second hand stores.
- Garage sales but that means waiting for spring.
- Others said Walmart, Target and IKEA are cheaper than the thrift stores?
- Etsy, eBay, Overstock.com with the suggestion that you search for several different keywords to find what you want.
Another important tips about using cheap frames from say Walmart. “The cheapest frames are $2, and then some for $3 that are thicker and nicer, and then they go up in price. Mix old frames with new, very cheap with more expensive, to get a photo wall that looks great. If your whole wall is new $2 frames it won't look good, but you can get away with some cheap ones.”
Are you ready to create your photo wall? Send us photos of your walls to share here.