Displaying Photos

February 23, 2011

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

Approximate Time: A weekend




  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.
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  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Once all squares are attached to your felt and accents are complete, insert into your frame and enjoy!
  9. By jenn from Vineland, NJ

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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.

Yardstick Photo Easel

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November 10, 2010

I always get school pictures of my grandchildren and was running out places to put them. Now I ask for 5x7 inch photos, use the same frame, and put the new photo in the front and the older ones are behind.

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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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June 28, 2019

I was working on a really cool photo wall in my room and I just couldn't keep a few of the photos up on the wall. I tried everything from tape to sticky tack. Then I found out that these Elmer's glue dots from Walmart work great!

A photo wall

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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.

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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


By Missouri (USA) Friend (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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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 AlohaMama (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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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?

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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.

Window frame built around photo.

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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.

Use A Flower Frog To Display Photos

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May 30, 2020

This photo clip banner project includes the instructions for making the cute recycled water bottle flowers seen at the end of the ribbon hanger. Learn how using the detailed steps below.

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