5 How To…Create a Frame Collage

>> Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Empty wall? Small budget? We’ve whipped up a creative (and inexpensive) solution.

Encountering a similar dilemma in our guest bedroom, we wanted to stick to our eco-chic theme and create inexpensive wall art using recycled materials.



Several large photo frames (we rescued ours up from local thrift stores & family members)

- Nails
- Hammer
- Tape measurer & level if you are feeling precise…or you could just eyeball it like we did

Let the fun begin! In just a matter of minutes we transformed this boring wall into a wondrous work of earth-friendly art.


First, play with your photo frames a bit until you find an arrangement that suits you. Line them up on the floor as you would want them to appear on the wall…



Next, if you are a bit OCD about getting the frames just right (no harm in being too careful) measure the distance between each frame and mark your wall accordingly or use the old trace & nail method…or just eyeball it and start hammering away like we did.

Wilkerson Word of Wisdom: Nails really work better than picture hangers in this case since most of the old frames we found didn’t have much for a picture hanger to “hang on” to.



Keep going!

Wilkerson Word of Wisdom: Have one droopy frame that won’t stay put? Just add another nail beside the first to create more support for the frame to rest on (make sure the two nails are level!)



That’s it! Once all of your frames are hung, you are one project (and one empty wall) ahead of the DIY game.

Now our wheels are turning about other around the house objects could we recycle as thrifty wall art. What are your thoughts? We’re dying to know!



Beth,  May 26, 2010 at 8:42 AM  

Good idea! I have a wall in my den that needs something like this.

I really like that you post a lot of pictures. I learn much better when I can see what someone is talking about. Thank you!

Live the Home Life May 26, 2010 at 9:12 AM  

Thanks, Beth! We really love how the frame collage works with the hand-me-down relaxed feel of our guest bedroom.

Whip up a collage creation of your own and don't forget to send pictures our way when you are finished. You know how we Wilkersons love a before & after!


Hilary,  May 26, 2010 at 10:51 AM  

So simple! Thanks!

Lilly,  May 26, 2010 at 10:59 AM  

I have a plate collage/mural that I've been adding to over the past couple of months. I find pretty plates at garage sales, stores and other places and create a similar arrangement. It adds a nice pop of color and it also fun to think back about where I found each plate.

Live the Home Life May 26, 2010 at 11:42 AM  

Thanks, Hilary!

Lilly, plates are a great idea! I stumble across pretty plates all of the time on my thrifting adventures. I'll have to pick up a few sometime soon. Thanks for the idea!


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