Photo-lovers often have an overabundance of photos. They may be of family and friends, architecture, nature or all of the above--there’s usually a surplus of one or all of these kinds of photos. Some store them digitally while others place them in scrapbooks. Others, however, prefer to display them on their walls. Wall collages help these photo collections look organized and eclectic rather than haphazard and messy. Create your own photo collages to display your photos artistically.
Rectangle Frame Puzzle
Frame puzzle collages allow you to arrange your photos creatively while still creating a pattern. Pick out all the photos you want to use in your collage, trying to make sure they’re all of the same theme. For instance, perhaps they’re all photos of family. These may range from faded black and whites from Europe to present day infant pictures. Get only wooden or metal rectangular frames for these pictures. Draw a horizontal chalk line at eye level on the wall for your collage. Arrange the pictures above and below this line so the frames create mirror image shapes. This draws the eye over all of the pictures without becoming confusing.
Choose three or four larger pictures for this collage and choose the rest of your pictures based on these main photos. If the pictures you choose are group pictures, find smaller pictures of the individuals or smaller group photos for the rest of the collage. Put the pictures in round or oval frames; choose one shape, not both. Place the largest photo at eye level on your collage wall. Place the next largest photo to the right and slightly above this photo and so on, arranging the pictures in a spiral pattern. Since many of your photos are smaller, they’ll take up little room even in a big spiral pattern. You can also arrange the pictures in curving arms radiating around a single picture so they look like a sun or flower.
Recycled Frame Clusters
Creating green frame clusters works well for those with an abundance of shoe boxes or access to many sizes of cardboard tubes. They also make a cheap, lightweight decorating project for college students as they make funky-cool decorations for a dorm. Gather all of your shoe boxes or tubes; don’t mix shapes. Spray paint the cardboard a base color and then paint the outsides with funky or modern designs. Cut cardboard tubes into sections ranging from 4 inches to 1 inch. Glue some pictures to the inside of the boxes and backs of the tubes and others to the fronts of the tubes and against the outside edges of the boxes. Glue the tubes or boxes together with hot glue and hang with thumb tacks. The cluster should look very three-dimensional since some of the pictures are at the forefront and others sunk back against the wall.
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