I've long been wanting to make a collage with some of my Instagram prints. Besides having some empty photo frames around the house (I know, as a photographer, that's bad!) and having many blank walls in this rental house to fill, I have so many DIY ideas floating around my head and in pages of my to-do list notebooks. After playing around with a few ideas and digging this frame we used in Brayden's old nursery out of the garage, I set my own heart on a heart-shaped collage of prints. I still love it every time I see it. It was pretty simple to put together once I got going. Here's the full rundown...
- Instagram prints (I used PostalPix this time)
- Double-sided tape roller
- Poster board
- Picture frame
- Ruler (optional)
First, you need to cut your poster board to the size of the frame. I used the matte that came in the frame, traced it onto the poster, and cut along the lines. Then, just start laying out your photos to get an idea of how you want to arrange them, keeping in mind color schemes, etc.
Once you start arranging, use a ruler to measure in from the sides so that the edges of your heart are about the same distance from the edge of the poster board. Tape down these edge photos using a scrapbook double-sided tape roller, and then continue to lay the rest of the photos down onto the poster in a heart-shaped pattern.
After you decide that all the colors are broken up and images are where you want them, begin to rotate the outside photos so that their edge creates the outside lines of the heart, and use the tape roller to hold them in place. Then fill in the middle with your remaining photos, adding tape to each photo before setting it in place.
Overall this project is pretty simple and only took me about 20 minutes to put together. For me, the cost was low because I had almost all the materials on hand and only had to order the prints (under $5) and purchase the poster board.
Have you created any fun art projects at home lately? I'm still creating pieces to fill my blank bathroom wall.
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