As a photographer, I have endless folders on my computer of photos of my boys. I admit I am failing in the display department! I have a large framed collage in our foyer and random frames on a shelf in our living area. Other than that, there are just a handful of photos slapped onto our refrigerator. Talk about a total mom and photographer fail! I have always been an artsy person, obvi, so I wanted to find some creative ways to display our photos. After doing some research and sifting through dozens of blog posts (thanks Pinterest!), I made a list of ten ideas that really stuck out to me.
Are your photos collecting proverbial dust on your hard drive? Haphazardly spread throughout the house in random places like mine? Are you looking for a fun new piece for craft night? The ten ideas below should help to get those creative juices flowing!
the handmade ladder
This handmade ladder from Creative Ambitions is beyond adorable. This is perfect if you are looking for a little rustic, outdoorsy charm to spruce up your home. The customization options are endless. I keep envisioning some ivy crawling up the ladder. What a beautiful focal point for a living room or den!
the massive photo collage
Talk about a statement piece! I am in love with the idea of a massive, organized photo collage. There is just something about grids that is so exceptionally gorgeous. This piece would look fantastic in a home with tall ceilings. Of course, you can always scale back the project to fit your needs. 😉 Along with a massive photo collage, Apartment Therapy has some other great display ideas.
the photo clock
A photograph takes a moment in time and sears it, not only onto paper, but into our memories. What better way to pay homage to the passage of time than with a photo clock? I have always been obsessed with alternative, avant garde clocks. This gorgeous piece can appear an infinite number of ways, and what’s beautiful about it is that will be custom fit to your personality. I can’t wait to make one of these for my office. I know I’ll be a little weepy as include photos of the boys. I’m such a sucker for nostalgia. Photojojo has an awesome tutorial. Check it out!
the vintage door
I love, love, love this idea. Not only is it gorgeous, but it is dual purpose! We had two sets of french doors in our home growing up. I wonder if I can convince my dad to let me “borrow” one he is no longer using, hmm. Check out the DIY process over at Photog Mommie. I love the way she displays the photos chronologically. Such a beautiful family treasure. I’m sure my husband is not as excited as I am about these new craft projects I am beginning, ha! At least I’m the handy one in the house. 😉
the ceramic tile
This project is so, so easy and fun. I made ceramic tile coasters with scrapbook paper last year and they are beautiful. Just be sure to give these babies ample time to dry in between coats of Mod Podge! These would look so fun displayed throughout your living room, on end tables and the coffee table. Do you have a desk at work? What a cute way to take a little piece of home with you. Check out the DIY instructions over at Crunchy Betty.
the photo shower curtain
This idea is so rad. I think this would be especially cute if your children have their own bathroom! The custom printed shower curtains are a bit pricey, but just look at how beautiful these are. With the right image that is perfect for you, it’s the perfect focal point for your bathroom. You can order your custom shower curtains at Photo Shower Curtain.
the photo wallpaper
Another showstopper is custom photo wallpaper. I mean, just LOOK at how gorgeous that is. I think it is really important to use a black and white image, or other natural tones, to allow for more decor ideas and color to be displayed with your furniture. Get started on your wall art today at World Wide Wall Murals.
Lockets are vintage and breathtaking. There is something timeless about these custom pieces of jewelry. Not to mention the story behind the company, With You Lockets, is heartwarming. I will be ordering mine soon! These make for perfect gifts as well!
Who doesn’t love a monogram? These are SO easy to make and also make for great gifts! Seriously, my craft night list just keeps growing and growing! Check out the link on Cool Mom Tech for ideas on how to begin. All you need are scissors, photos, Mod Podge, and a monogram, which can be found pretty much anywhere these days. I think I saw large cardboard monograms at Wal-Mart for less than $10. I am planning on making one for each of the boys to display at their birthday parties this year. The options are endless! Enjoy!
the photoless frame
Looking for something a little outside the box? This doesn’t really have anything to do with photos, but it is beautiful, nonetheless. You can easily collect vintage photo frames at yard sales, spray paint them the color of your choice, and display in a photoless wall gallery. I love the white-on-white look in the image above, but you could also do complementary colors, ombre, or even rainbow. It all depends on the feel you are going for. Brit+Co has some great ideas on photo displays.
I seriously have every single option above on my craft night to-do list. It looks like I’ll be spending some time at Hobby Lobby and JoAnn’s soon. I hope some of these creative photo displays piqued your interest! I would love to see your finished projects – post your photos to my Facebook page wall!