Almost everybody has a smartphone with a decent camera nowadays and it’s not uncommon for people to have thousands of photos stored on mobile phones, computers or online storage. Having loads of photographic memories is cool, but I personally think that keeping them all stored electronically means that a lot of them can get forgotten over time and can’t always be appreciated and cherished how they should be! There is always a feeling of happiness and nostalgia when going through packs of old film photos that you’ve accumulated over the years, or seeing pictures hung on a wall that always reminds you of that point in time.
I decided to get a bit creative and put together a picture frame collage full of photos of the people closest to me, the places I’ve visited and some of my photography work. It’s a constant reminder of everything that means something to me, It’s an easy way to decorate a wall with a collection of photographs that have a special meaning.
It’s sometimes really hard to choose a few photos to display on a wall. Making a photo collage means you can choose as many photos as you want! It’s a cheap, easy and effective way of decorating an empty wall in your house full of really awesome pictures!
Inspired to make one for yourself? read on to find out more!
Let the crafting begin!
- A picture frame (I purchased a huge “RIBBA” 102cm x 72cm picture frame from IKEA).
- Photos for your frame (Preferably all the same size to keep it tidy, I’m displaying 280 5cm x 5cm photos).
- Something to cut the photos (I purchased a really cheap guillotine because its easier & quicker, but good scissors will work too!).
- Glue or double-sided tape (use acid free so it doesn’t mess up your photos. Choice of glue or tape depends on whether you’ll want to swap out photos in the future).
- Basic tools to mount your picture frame to your wall of choice
Step 1: Get your photos
First of all you need a bunch of awesome photos to fill your frame. At this stage you need to decide how many photos you want to display, and how big you want them. The RIBBA frame I selected gave me 100cm x 70cm of viewable area. I decided to use 5cm x 5cm photos which gave me a total of 280 photos to find (you may want to use bigger or smaller photos, its entirely up to you!)
To save on printing costs I used photoshop to fit 6 photos onto a standard 6in x 4.5in photo print which every photo developer should be able to do! I left small gaps in-between the photos to make it easier to cut each photo to the correct size.
Step 2: Cut photos to size
Using your choice of sharp scissors or a guillotine, cut your images to the size you’d like. Try to make this as accurate as possible to keep everything looking tidy when you’ve mounted them to your frame. I used a cheap guillotine I purchased off the internet to make the process quicker, easier and much more accurate than using scissors but this is just personal preference. Scissors and a steady hand will do the job just as well!
When you’re finished cutting you should be left with a nice stack of square images which are roughly the same size, ready to start sorting and fixing to your frame.
Step 3: Frame measurements
Lay the frame over the picture backing board and draw around the inside of the frame to make sure you have a basic idea of the space you can see through the picture frame opening.
Measure the remaining space inside the frame to make sure that all your images will fit correctly, you may need to place some of your photos just inside the frame lines to make sure they all fit on the board seamlessly with no gaps!
Step 4: Image placement
Using a small amount of acid free tape/glue on the back of each photo, carefully fix them to the picture frame board making sure that they are all lined up and straightened correctly. I found it easier to work horizontally across the frame, completing a full row of photos before moving on to the next. This was to make sure that everything was still straight.
If you find that your photos aren’t straight on the frame and are going a bit wonky, Don’t panic! It’s easy to peel the photos off and re-mount them to the board nice and straight!
Step 5: Finishing up
Now that you’ve got all your photos arranged in an awesome looking grid on the picture frame board its time to complete the frame.
Carefully line up the glass/perspex top onto the board (I used small strips of sellotape in the corners to keep everything in place) then put the outer frame on top and fix everything together securely. You’re almost done!
Step 6: Enjoy!
Securely mount your finished frame on to the wall of choice in your house making sure its all straight with a spirit level. Remember that if you’re mounting the frame to a plasterboard or stud wall you may need some plasterboard screw fixings to make sure it doesn’t mess up your wall.
Once you’re satisfied that it’s all straight and secure, you can stand back, check out your handiwork and give yourself a pat on the back!
I hope that this quick tutorial has inspired you to get creative with photo mounting. Feel free to give this post a share, show your friends to see if you can get them interested too!