November 30, 2011

Wall decor: photos and math

Jack and I worked SO hard on this DIY and I'm extremely pleased with how it turned out! It was more challenging than we anticipated -- it involved measuring and math and us journalism majors aren't all that great at math. But the end result is fantastic and definitely worth all the adding we had to do. And the best part is I can change the photos up every season!  

How to make a rectangular photo collage

What you need: 
  • Frames of assorted sizes (I bought two packs of these frames from WalMart. Total? $30.)
  • Pictures for the frames
  • Measuring tape
  • Chalk
  • Hammer and nails, or these 3M sticky things
Step 1: Arrange your frames on the floor. Make sure you take a photo so that you remember how everything went.

Optional step:
Ask your cat for advice

Step 2: Measure the size of the exterior.

Step 3: Draw a rectangle (in chalk) that's the size of your photo collage. This involved math for us since we wanted it to be centered above our couch.

Step 4: Start in one corner and work your way around, double checking your design. (This is another math problem --  if you're hammering, you need to measure the location of the frame hook.)

Step 4: Fill in the center.

Step 5: Add your photos! You can definitely do this at the start of the project but I wanted to get my design down before I picked the pics.

Note: These pictures were all taken on different days. Little Greg really does spend all his time laying on the couch -- tanning.


  1. This DIY turned out great! Can't wait to see it live!

  2. Your collage looks so awesome! I feel you on the math issue -- hence why my DIY wall art is still sitting on my floor, almost two months after I finished it.

  3. I might have to do this with some of my recent Holga prints :)

  4. Yayyy!! Oh my god it looks so good! Haha wish I had taken your steps before attempting to put up my crooked one!