Photo Project: DIY Photo Grid
The other day as I was perusing Pinterest I came upon this awesome link to a photo grid.
I think displaying personal photos can be a great way to warm up your home and add to the overall aesthetic.
In the current day and age it can seem almost arbitrary to get photos developed since everything is either archived online or tucked away in albums that are only brought out during holidays and random family get togethers. With this project I decided to print my photos instead of getting them developed. Luckily I have access to a high quality printer. I opted to print on regular paper instead of specialized photo paper simply because I liked the look better, but what you print on is up to you.
The two main aspects of the photo grid that I wanted to replicate in my own version were the size, I liked the oversized frame, and having smaller sized pictures so that I could increase the quantity that I could fit in the grid.
I ended up printing the photos as 3 X 5’s and then trimmed them down to best fit my frame. The frame I used was one I happened to have lying around, my suggestion if you don’t want to splurge on an expensive frame is to check out the local Good Will, they usually have a large selection of frames to choose from and since you won’t need the print inside you can be less selective and increase your options.
You will notice in my frame I mixed prints of personal photos with prints of balloons, flowers, and other eye-catching images. I felt like filling the entire grid with personal photos might be a little overwhelming and I am always looking for ways to display things that I see online or on the street that I want to somehow bring into my home.
Once I had a bunch of pictures to choose from I measured the frame and then figured out the number of columns and rows (just an FYI, math is my weakness and I spent like 2 hours with a tape measure/ruler/pencil trying to figure out how to fit my photos into the grid- I’m sure there is a faster way, and if I knew it I would totally tell you).
Then I spread out my photos and mixed and matched so that images of similar content were evenly spread out.
After that, I used Modge Podge diffused with water and Modge Podged the photos the board that I used as the background. And ta da, some instant and mostly free swag to add to my living room wall!