How to Display Photos

Have you ever returned home from a vacation with a ton of amazing photos that never see the light of day? Whether I’ve been puzzled about ways to display photos around the apartment, or my busy life simply got in the way, sometimes my pictures don’t even make it to the printer. Sound familiar? I took a lot of photos on my recent trip to Europe and promised myself I would find a way to display them around my home-no excuses.

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I took two photos of my daughter on the trip that I absolutely adore. In combining my love for DIY projects and photography, I came up with a simple and easy craft for displaying photos, details are below. This would work well for the home or office.


Before I get started let me share a little background on the photos of my daughter. My family recently traveled to Switzerland, and while we were touring a 14th century bridge in Lucerne, a fellow tourist handed my daughter a blue balloon. Under normal circumstances I probably would have snatched it away seeing as it came from a stranger, but for some reason I let it slide. As my daughter continued to walk the ancient bridge with a balloon, I realized I should be snapping pictures. I loved the photos I captured on the bridge that day and decided to take similar photos on our next stop in Sweden. Our stranger with the balloon was no where to be found this time, but I was able to snag a balloon and ribbon from our hotel lobby. After seeing the photos, I decided to make a goal of photographing my daughter with a balloon in each new place she visits; two down, many more to see!

DIY Photo Project – WHAT YOU NEED:
Washi tape {similar to colored masking tape}
Square white canvas {I used an 8X8 version}

1. First and foremost, arrange to print out your photos! I used Shutterfly, my go-to site for printing pictures.

How To Display Photos

2. Next, gather all materials and set up shop in a roomy work station, I used my kitchen table {gotta love city living!}.

How To Display Photos

3. Before getting started on the design, you need to mount the photo. The easiest way to do this is to take a ruler and measure the sides of your canvas, leaving a small pencil mark in the center of each side. Next, measure the sides of your photo, leaving a small pencil indent in the center of each side.

How To Display Photos

4. Next, line up the dots. If you are using a square canvas, the center dots of the photo should align with the dots you made on the canvas, leaving you with a 2×1 inch border {8×8 canvas and 4×6 picture} around the photo.

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5. Once you’ve determined the center points, you need to secure the photo. I used washi tape, but you can also use a bit of craft glue {be sure to smooth it out along the backside of the photo, no big globs}.

6. Let the fun begin! How you use the washi tape is entirely up to you. I created two separate patterns using vertical, horizontal, and diagonals lines. I cut the washi tape in half for the picture boarder {see photos below}.

Note: If you’ve never used washi tape before, it’s about as adhesive as a Post-it note and is easily removable. Most tapes are sheer, so keep that in mind when choosing certain patterns and colors. Lastly, the simplest designs are centered around straight lines and diagonals.

How To Display PhotosThe final product:

How To Display Photos

How To Display Photos

How To Display Photos

The canvases I designed are meant to stand up, but you can certainly find a similar product with a bracket for hanging. There are so many different home décor ideas out there, so just focus on letting your creativity shine! Whether you decide to use washi tape like I did or another type of adornment, remember to allow your photos and most importantly the memories to take center stage! If you’re a bit timid at trying out a DIY project, I encourage you to still incorporate some personal flare into the home! Custom wall art can be done online for those of you that prefer that route.

What do you think of the display? Will you try this with your own photos? 




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5 Responses to How to Display Photos

  1. Lisa September 1, 2014 at 4:35 am #

    very cute!!

    • Anna Julien October 10, 2014 at 5:57 pm #

      Thank you! 🙂

  2. Shelly October 9, 2014 at 10:47 am #

    I just saw this post. I need some of that tape! Very pretty results.

    • Anna Julien October 10, 2014 at 5:57 pm #

      Thank you, I love washi tape! 🙂

  3. Karen @ a house full of sunshine December 1, 2014 at 5:49 pm #

    Such a cute idea! xoxo

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