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Whether displaying school photos or family portraits, the method of display can be a typical frame or something more creative. This is a guide about displaying photos.
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By 3 found this helpful
February 23, 2011

Using discarded upholstery fabric, a clearance sale frame, felt, and printer fabric, I created this quilt-inspired wall art.

Approximate Time: A weekend

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Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Cut your felt to fit your frame. Set aside.
  2. Determine how many photos you want to use and the size of your squares (mine were 5"x5"). Using Photoshop or some other photo editing program, change your images to black and white with sepia tint (this part is optional; you can leave your pictures color or black and white depending on your fabric choices) and size them to your square size.
  3. Print them on the fabric paper and set aside.
  4. Begin cutting your fabric squares to your desired size and arrange to fill your frame. (I suggest having fabric under your photos so that each square has the same thickness; it makes the sewing part easier.
  5. There are fabric photo papers with adhesive backs to make the photo and fabric easier to handle. Cut your photos and decide where to place them in your fabric arrangement.
  6. Once you are happy with your arrangement, begin pinning squares to your felt. Be careful where you pin on the photo squares, as the pin holes will show. You can either sew your squares with a machine or by hand. I accented the photo squares with buttons in each corner.
  7. Once all squares are attached to your felt and accents are complete, insert into your frame and enjoy!
  8. By Jenn from Vineland, NJ

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By 4 found this helpful
March 12, 2012

I love anything old with numbers on it. I'm funny that way. Here's a couple of old folding yardsticks that became frames for my photos. I like the B/W photos for these. Just bend the yardsticks into the shape you like and tuck your pictures in between. I can see these hung on the wall, too. Or for recipe holders in the kitchen.

Source: I think I saw this on the Junk Revolution website.

By Gloria from Western NY

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By 3 found this helpful
November 10, 2010

I always get school pictures of my grandchildren and was running out places to put them, so I ask for 5x7 photos, use the same frame, and put the new photo in the front and the older ones are behind. The photos are always together and it's fun to compare with the new one.

By Judy from Nampa, ID

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November 17, 2010

Have a coffee table or end table? Sure we all do. This holiday season, have a piece of safety glass cut to fit the top and slide pictures of past holidays under the glass. A great way to bring back some of those fun memories.

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Don't have a table with enough room? Take two pieces of glass the same size, sandwich the pictures between them, and hang in a window or lay on your dining room table for a centerpiece. Use two pieces or picture frame glass and make several to hang in a picture window - hang with wire and wrap the wire with pretty ribbon.

Happy Holidays everyone!

By latrtatr from Loup City, NE

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By 0 found this helpful
February 13, 2007

You can go to a salvage yard and get some old window frames and use them. we are taking one and using the top section on one side of our cuckoo clock and the bottom on the other side, putting family pictures in each individual frame section. It looks great and only two holders per frame.

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By Gail

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By 0 found this helpful
May 29, 2013

I worked with a few craft teachers in a hobby and craft supply store. It was great to see people that have a store where they make money not only on resale of products, but services like picture framing and changing old frames.

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July 4, 2007

I have a few pictures that I want to put up in my bedroom. Don't have money to buy frames. How else can I mount it? Maybe glue it onto a board?

Any suggestions please.

Susan from Durban, South Africa

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By guest (Guest Post)
July 4, 20070 found this helpful

One way is to have a little fun by covering a piece of cardboard or styrofoam borad with fabric and criss cross that with ribbon, Simply slide pictures behinf=d the ribbon for an interesting collage.

Have Fun!

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July 4, 20070 found this helpful

If you have some ribbon or twine you can either hang the photos (tie and bow) or paper clips.. If you have time you can weave the ribbon and insert the corners of the photos into the weave..

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Anonymous
July 5, 20070 found this helpful

Buy an inexpensive poster frame and make a collage of pictures; place pictures randomly around the frame; use double-sided tape to attach pictures. Be creative and you could put captions under the pictures to describe the picture.

Most poster frames are black but you could paint it or use a small brush or a q-tip and make dots on the frame or paint the entire frame the desired color.

Another suggestion; buy some corkboard and cover a door; attach the pictures with colorful thumbtacks; also, add captions to the pictures.

Remember; always document on the back of your picture the name of the person, date and occasion of picture!

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July 5, 20070 found this helpful

If you really want frames, you can find a surprising selection at dollar stores. You just have to pick through them to find something tasteful. And don't expect them to last forever.

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By guest (Guest Post)
July 7, 20070 found this helpful

I recently repainted my daughters' room and after all the time filling holes I said "No more!", but the kids still needed a way to display their art, personal photos and such. My solution was to get inexpensive narrow cotton clothesline and hang 2 "lines" across the entire wall. Then I got cheap clothespins and hotglued silk colorful flowers on them. Now the kids just hang their pictures up on the line and it looks really cute. It is easy for them to do, holds a lot of stuff and only makes 4 small holes to hold up the lines.

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July 10, 20070 found this helpful

Second hand stores have impressive frames at giveaway prices. Consider spray painting one, maybe silver?

Hello to Durban, I was there two years ago near the University, very wonderful trip! So many things in bloom, and my mind was blown learning about mature Aloes. We went to the animal sale at the big animal reserve park, stayed in the Drakensbergs, and I've had my toe in three oceans now! thanks for the memories. I can smell the Frangipani trees.

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July 11, 20070 found this helpful

I found this really cute idea on a crafting group I belong to...thought it might give you a new idea!

http://www.anna  /archive001.html

God Bless,

Sheila in Titusville, FL

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July 11, 20070 found this helpful

I found this really cute idea on a crafting group I belong to...thought it might give you a new idea!

http://www.anna  /archive001.html

God Bless,

Sheila in Titusville, FL

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November 17, 20070 found this helpful

1-- You can take old puzzles pieces and paint them with craft paint in colors that will compliment the photo. I did black with white dots. Once paint is dry, glue the pieces together to form the frame. You can stack them on top of each other and make about 3 layers or you can stack them askew to be more abstract.

2-- Use an old or inexpensive plate, cut photo to fit the center and glue or used double sided tape to hold in place.

(you can find a wide variety of shapes, colors and sizes for almost nothing at thrift stores.

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November 17, 20070 found this helpful

When I was in high school - I had a cork bulletin board on which I put my pictures. If they are not photos, you could put them on scraps of wood or pieces of cardboard and decoupage them with a solution of white glue thinned down with water. Or you can get acrylic sheets used for overheads, and use that for "glass" and mount the pix on a piece of cardboard....

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November 17, 20070 found this helpful

How about this method using clothes pins on your curtain rod? You could decorate your clothes pins to match your room and just over lap your photos maybe even with corners pointing upward like triangle shape.

http://www.craf  ains/index.shtml

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By 0 found this helpful
October 6, 2011

How can I display pictures on my office bulletin board other than with a thumb tack? I have a cork bulletin board and we have lots of photos we took at an office picnic I would like to display. I thought maybe covering the bulletin board with light blue copy paper and then put the pictures on top. Any ideas?

By Onesummer

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October 7, 20110 found this helpful

At church I used material to cover the boards; a very light flannel or other lightweight material. Then you can use tacks that won't damage the material or use glue dots. Also can put a metal (thin) behind cloth or paper covering and use magnets!

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October 7, 20110 found this helpful

Hafwit seems to be on the right track. Maybe aluminum foil under the paper or fabric would work to hold the magnets. I suggest as heavy duty as you can get. Maybe the office could order some. There also is a product called Maptac. You put little balls of it on the back of pictures (one in each corner), after you have softened it in your fingers. Most office supply places carry it.

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October 7, 20110 found this helpful

I have taped pictures (and cards) using tape loops on backs, to long pieces of ribbon in long rows top to bottom. I used this on a door and tacked the top and bottom of the ribbons on the top and bottom of the door where they wouldn't be seen. You can put a number of strips of ribbon on a door. This same technique could also work on a bulletin board.

If you want to use the copy paper, use the putty. Poster putty, sticky tack etc are other names for maptac. There are several different ones and it's available at WalMart. They work well IF you really soften them by pulling and pulling until they are soft and feel warm. You only need a very small piece in each corner and it's very easy to remove.

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October 7, 20110 found this helpful

For years I have used a product that feels a little like bubble gum/ putty/ play doh called "Plastic-tac." It seems to never dry out, and is easily removed without leaving a spot. You tear off a piece and soften it a little between your thumb and finger. Press it onto the back of a picture then press onto the wall or board. I usually use more than one piece. Top, sides and or bottom. A packet of this product will last for years, and has lots in the package.

Karen in Salem OR

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October 7, 20130 found this helpful

Thriftmeg, aluminum foil is not magnetic. You need to use something with steel in it for the magnets to stick.

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By 11 found this helpful
December 27, 2007

This photo was taken in my in-law's back yard. My father-in-law would set there when he wanted to smoke. My mother-in-law wouldn't allow him to smoke inside. So these lawn chairs were a part of him.

After my in-laws passed on to a better world, my wife and I were visiting her brothers one day. While I was outside, I grabbed my camera and took a photo of the lawn chairs, then I made a frame out of old barn siding. The frame is made to look like a window. I mounted the photo of the lawn chairs in the frame. Now when you view the photo of the chairs, it looks like you are looking out the window

Hope you like it.

By John from Haysville, KS

Window frame built around photo.

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By 8 found this helpful
March 12, 2012

A flower frog makes a unique picture holder. Can't get much easier than this, folks. Would work well as a recipe holder, too. They come in other shapes and sizes and can be found at garden stores, craft stores, or florist shops.

Source: Can't take credit for this, saw it in a magazine.

By ~gloria from western NY

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