Dreams To Do

Monthly DIY: Photo Collage Wall Initial

Last month when I made that little magazine collage picture frame for L&L’s room, I also purchased a big ole cardboard “B” (for our last name) at the craft store. After letting it sit around for a month, I finally decided that I wanted to cover it with my Instagram pics (I am pretty much obsessed with Instagram – @dreamstodo if ya wanna follow my feed). And I’m pretty much in love with how this turned out!

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What you need:

  • A big letter of your choice (ours is the cheap cardboard variety)
  • Spray adhesive (or an adhesive of your choice)
  • Xacto knife
  • Cutting mat
  • An 8.5×11 collage of your fave pics (3-5 copies of the same one or multiple collages)
  • OPTIONAL: distress ink for the edges

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How I made my collage:

Using Picasa (Google’s free photo editor), I created an 8.5×11 mosaic collage of about 45 of my Instagram pics. You could easily use ANY photos of your choosing and make any sort of collage of your choice as well. I just made ONE collage, but printed out 4 copies of it to use for my “B.”

Putting it all together:

  1. Lay out some newspaper (or do this outside) and then spray down the back of one collage sheet with tacky spray. Stick that sucka on your letter, making sure you line up your pictures the way you want them to be displayed.
  2. If it only takes one sheet to cover your letter, cool beans. If not, spray another sheet and line it up with the previous one and stick it to your letter. I cut off the larger white edges before I laid down the 2nd sheet, so that the collages flowed together nicely.
  3. Once the front side of your letter is covered, flip it over onto a cutting mat. Take the xacto knife and cut around the edges of the letter…

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  1. Once the front of the letter is covered, you can do the sides by cutting out strips of photos from the extra collage print outs. I just totally lucked out that the photo strips ended up fitting pretty perfecting along the sides of my “B.” Spray your photo strips with spray adhesive and stick’em on.
  2. Now you can be done if ya want! BUT, I recommend using some badass distress ink to age the edges of your letter (I rubbed it on with my finger). It just gives it more of a finished look.

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So, I could have lined the inside of the “B” with photos, but I like how it looks without them (okay, maybe I was being lazy, too).  This little project maybe took me an hour of time total – including creating the collage. My kinda project. :-)

Hope you all had a wondrous weekend!

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ETPCRTX2XKJUIRMXSLH55BABZM C

    What store did you find the 

  • http://www.dreamstodo.com/ Ariel @ Dreams To Do

    Hi! I got the “B” at Joanne’s. It’s a big, hollow cardboard-like letter. I’m pretty sure Hobby Lobby has them, too – they have a ton more letter styles to choose from!

  • jules514

    I love this! We are always looking for fun DIY projects & we’ll be redecorating my daughter’s room soon. Def something for the idea board. I love pictures, but I haven’t started using instagram yet. thanks so much for posting this fun idea!

  • Thelittlegiggler

    I LOVE this!!  It’s such a cute idea!  Thanks so much for sharing at The Little Giggler!

  • http://www.pecklife.com/ Emily @ PeckLife.com

    WOW, this looks very time intensive but super awesome! I love how it turned out!

  • alazycrazylife

    Great idea! I’m pretty much obsessed with instagram, too :) 

  • http://www.dreamstodo.com/ Ariel @ Dreams To Do

    It seriously took no time! Maybe an hour total – including making the collage. I don’t have the patience for time consuming projects. :)

  • Woahimkewl

    what kind of photo paper did you use to print the collage on?

    • http://www.dreamstodo.com/ Ariel @ Dreams To Do

      Hey! I just used plain ole printer paper, but I imagine if you used something slightly thicker and higher quality that it would turn out even better. :-)

  • Woahimkewl

    what kind of photo paper did you use to print the collage on?

  • http://www.dreamstodo.com/ Ariel @ Dreams To Do

    Hey! I just used plain ole printer paper, but I imagine if you used something slightly thicker and higher quality that it would turn out even better. :-)

  • http://printicular.com/printing-instagram Laura@printing-Instagram

    Hi! I blog about tips for displaying printed Instagram photos and I do lots of looking around to find cool photo display ideas! I absolutely love this idea!! Thank you for the inspiration and thank you for sharing!!