A Decorative Way To Display A Collection Of Photographs ~ A perfect solution for displaying a collection of printed photographs on a bedroom wall.
When one of my daughters was in high school she had the opportunity to go on several school supported trips. She was able to travel to Japan for ten days as an exchange student, go to Hawaii for a week as a member of the volleyball team and compete in a tournament and of course enjoy the sunny warm climate and beautiful beaches and she was able to go to Europe for ten days on a guided school tour. She also took photography as one of her classes from a very talented and knowledgeable technology teacher. Needless to say she had accumulated quite a few quality photographs from her travels, training and experiences in the form of great candid shots and beautiful scenery images.
My daughter came to me wanting to display a large collection of photographs (about 100) in a random collage format over her bed along with some of the souvenirs that she had purchased from each of the places she had visited.
She came to me and asked me permission if she could mount her photographs and purchases above her bed using staples and pushpins. I have to admit my first reaction was a bit of panic with a vision of hundreds of tiny holes splattered all of a nicely painted wall. But my second reaction was gratefulness that she had come to ask me first rather than take the initiative to go ahead and design and make her display without running it by me first. My third thought was that this was a brilliant idea that just needed some refining.
My response was that perhaps making a bunch of holes in the wall was not a good idea because it would damage the wall when the stuff was taken down and would be a hassle to repair. I suggested we brainstorm another method and this is what we came up with…
Materials For A Decorative Way To Display A Collection Of Photographs
- roll of plain wallpaper (I chose a cream colour without just a slight pattern so it did not compete with the photographs)
- map of the world (My daughter chose an historical looking one to fit in with the colour scheme of the wallpaper and her bedroom)
- stapler & staples
- meter or yardstick (depending which measurement system you use)
- sharp scissors
- mounting putty (I used Fun-Tak by Lepage)
- pushpins (for mounting the other items)
- large collection of photographs and/or small mountable mementos
Instructions For A Decorative Way To Display A Collection Of Photographs
- Plan for this to be a two person job when mounting the wallpaper to the wall.
- Using the measuring stick, measure and mark lightly with a pencil in several places along the wall where you want the bottom of the background paper to run.
- Plan to mount two strips of the wallpaper in a horizontal fashion contrary to the usual vertical method. This way you are only attaching two long strips rather several vertical strips.
- With a partner staple the wallpaper strips to the wall. One partner will be the smoother and holder and the other partner will do the stapling. I put a staple in each corner and just two more spaced out evenly along each side.
- Staple the world map in the middle. Again, I used one staple in each corner and one or two on each side. This stapling further secured the wallpaper in the middle.
- Use the mounting putty; attach your photographs around the map in a collage format. My daughter did this part by herself. She had a lot of fun posting photographs from her collection of school assignment photography and memories from her trips and graduation.
An this is what the finished project looked like!
Digital cameras have made it very easy for us to take and print many photographs compared to the day of working with camera film. The problem becomes what do we do with all of these wonderful photographs besides organizing them in a photo box or a photo album. This is a great way to not only organize a collection of special photographs but also showcase them in a decorative format.
In future blogs I will be sharing other ways we showcase our photographs. There are so many options!
What other ways do you display your photographs?
Our family has collected a lot of photographs! We also share them in digital format. Here are two posts I shared that show how:
Thanks for spending some ‘Time With Thea’!