With all of our smart phones, tablets, laptops, and desktops enabling instant access to our digital visual memories, it is not often we actually get photos professionally printed for our homes or office desks.
But if you found a fun and inexpensive way to show them off, you could have yourself some cheap and fun artwork to fill a wall or surface — and sometimes it is just really nice to look at some past, and tangible, prints to remember the good times.
So recently i got a stack of photos printed for all of $4 and delivered to my mailbox (there are heaps of sites that do this for you). Once i had looked through the pile a couple of times i wondered what was an easy way to display them in a temporary way, as i know i'll get sick of this lot and will want a change at some point.
So here are the best ideas i found...
1 Use old embroidery hoops as frames, either stitching each corner of the photo with colourful cotton, or use sticky photo corners - i love this idea and i'm going to try it out for the wall above the bed in our spare room.
2 I found this sequence in Provincial Home Living's store today - it is so simple, but with lots of photos, in such a simple format using decorative sellotape, it is such a striking piece of changeable art. Can be dressed up or down in a formal space with black and white prints, or in colour with coloured selltape for a kids bedroom.
3 Hang prints using wooden pegs off wooden coathangers - super easy and cheerful. The hangers are so light you can just use sewing pins to hang them off, which also don't visibly damage the wall.
4 Find an old big picture frame at your local vintage markets (Rozelle market on Saturdays and Sundays in Darling Street, Sydney always has these) or buy a cheap picture from an op-shop and take out the picture and glass. Using florists string, tie the string in the top right hand corner of the frame and go back and forth across the middle making lines to hang your photos from. Use pegs or paperclips to attach your photos and hang your master piece on the wall!
5 This is super simple - place photographs in glass vases and arrange in a collection on a sideboard or table where you have some display space. If you have fairy lights from the christmas tree you can add light and interest to this arrangement by weaving the lights around the vases.
6 Simple frameless picture frames that you can get at the Warehouse in NZ, or online for under $5 - they just sandwich photos between glass and MDF so give the effect of floating photos on the wall, but offer added protection and keep them from curling. This is what i've done with part of my batch of photographs i had printed — i've arranged them in a sequence surrounding my computer in the study nook.
7 Using stones and wire you can make your own standing picture holders. Wrap thin wire around the stone and leave a 'spike' sticking up. Curl the spike's end into a coil about the size of a 5c coin - this will be what your photo slips into.
8 Using wool, twine, florists string or heavy cotton and a needle, sew photos together in hanging strips like in the picture, leaving about 5cm of string between each photo. Leave excess string hanging below as you wish for the look and make sure you leave enough excess at the top to use as the hanger. Again you can use sewing pins in the wall to hang these off.
9 I love the simplicity of this and it can be used to hang more than just photos. Find a nice, recycled piece of timber as long as your space requires and about 5cm wide. Varnish with a stain (if you want to enhanced the grain and colour) and nail to the wall. Every 15cm, nail in a light weight brass or steel tack (depending if you want brass or silver coloured nails). Using silver paper clips, hang photos on your strip. If you want to add a bit of texture and interest, hang a bunch of dried roses upside down amongst the photos off one of the tacks.
10 Book shelves do not just need to be stacked with books — stack them instead with a series of framed photographs. This also saves you from having to nail anything into your walls.
So go right to the beginning of your phone or tablet's photo gallery and get your favourite memories printed!