Sunday, 22 May 2016

Instagram-Inspired DIY Photo Wall

Now that all the basics are sorted in our new apartment, it's finally time for me to move on to the nice part - decorating! I'm really excited to share one of the projects I've been working on recently - this super quick, cheap and easy DIY photo wall that's the perfect way to save and share all of your memories.

This project was originally inspired by this DIY photo wall, but as we're renting I wanted something that I could easily remove, add to or change without ruining the paintwork beneath. As the photos are only temporarily fixed with paperclips, you can also recycle them as often as you want for other projects, and reuse the wooden poles to hang plants, show off some of your favourite clothes, or even grow tomatoes...the list is endless! Once you have the materials, this project takes all of about 30 minutes to do, depending on how much time you take arranging your photos, so it's a great way to add a cheap and quick personal touch to your home.

What you need:
Printed photos (I got mine from LaLaLab, which do Polaroid-style borders)
A wooden pole or two, depending on length
A hammer

Step 1:
Lay out your photos on the sofa or the floor to work out how many rows and columns you need. I had 50 photos, so I did 5 rows of 10 photos.

Step 2:
Cut 1m lengths of string and loop around the wooden pole to fix, tying in a knot at the bottom. Repeat as many times as necessary.

Step 3:
Use the paperclips to fix your photos on to the string, leaving space between each and making sure that each column lines up with the next.

Step 4:
Figure out where you want the poles to fit on the wall and hammer in a couple of nails - make sure they're in a straight line! Use more string to tie round the end of the pole and make a small loop that you can hook onto the nail.

Step 5:
Hang your pole up on the wall and check that your photos are straight. That's it - you're done!

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