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DIY: ever-changing wall art

As I mentioned recently, I’ve been on a home organization/home decoration kick since the calendar flipped to January.  We’ve been in our house for nearly four years now, but it’s all the stuff I’ve been doing the last several months that has made it really look and feel like us.  It would come as a surprise to no one that I’m incredibly particular about most things, and that definitely includes my home decor.  I would rather wait and think about exactly how I want a room to look than just throw in some generic decor for the sake of having it look “finished”.  Our front living room (pictured here) has perplexed me for a long time, and so I’ve been mulling this over for more than three years.

I knew I wanted some sort of art between the two wall vases above our love seat.  I thought of a large canvas of the family, but since that’s what we have on the mantle in our main family room, it seemed redundant.  Plus, as much as I love canvases, they become outdated quickly with the kids growing at the mind-boggling rate that they do.  It’s a pretty large space to fill and practically everything I could think of to fill it was not something I wanted to commit to long term.  Finally one evening while lying on the couch staring at the space, this idea came to me.  A frame of instagrams!  Fills the large space, still reflects our family, but no permanent commitment required.  PERFECTO!

So, I got to work and this idea quickly became a reality.  First step – finding a frame.  Now, let me just say I’m sure you could find something just wonderful in an antique shop, paint it as you see fit, and get the same look.  However, I’m so darned particular I knew it would take me ages to find my ideal frame in an antique shop and if there is one thing I don’t have, it’s free time to go searching around town in a bunch of stores.  Instead, I opted to order a custom frame from one of my favorite Etsy shops Rusty Mill.  (Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with Rusty Mill and they didn’t even know I was a blogger until a couple of days ago.  I just like their work, a lot!)  I’ve ordered from them a couple times before and have always loved the products.  I measured the space, chose my dimensions (30″ x 40″), and they crafted my frame (no glass needed – yay!)  While the frame was on its way, I ordered my prints from Printstagram.  (Again, no affiliation and they don’t know I’m writing this post.  This is just the company I decided to use.)  Based on the size of the frame I had ordered, I knew that a few sets of their 4-inch square prints would fill the frame nicely.  Again, I’m sure you could find some other printing method to end up with very similar results.  I didn’t have time to mess with trying to size and print them all myself, so this was the simplest option for me.

I bought a couple of packages of mini clothes pins at Joann’s and painted them gold with metallic craft paint.  (If you think that sounds time consuming, I’m with you.  I totally thought it would take forever and it actually took about 10 minutes.  No need for perfect detailing – just slap the paint on and let dry briefly.)  I prefer the look of a uniform neutral-ish color for the clothes pins because I think too bright or too many colors might detract from the images themselves, but that’s really a personal style choice.

When the frame and prints arrived, I dug up some old hemp twine I had from some craft project of years past.  I made up a single row of test prints and held it up so I could see about how many would fit in a row, and how many rows I could fit into the frame.  I used a staple gun to secure the prints, row by row, to the back of the frame.  Then I hung the frame in the place of honor and voila!  I was finally happy with the space that had been nagging at me for so long.  I absolutely love the way this project has added personality and transformed the room.  Our guests always enjoy looking through the photos, and the kids love to stand on the love seat and talk about what is happening in all the different pictures.

This is a fun and easy home decor project that can be easily adapted to whatever space you have available.  I’m excited to switch out some of the images in a few months with newer memories, and we’ll save the others in a book or album of some kind.  Hooray for ever-changing wall art!

  • Patti T.

    What a lovely idea, you are right children’s looks change so quickly that pictures need to change quickly also. That is what makes this such a great idea.

  • Jana Mroczek

    I absolutely loved the frame when I saw it in the background of one of your pictures from your daughter’s bday party. I’m not terribly crafty, but I think I can do this! Thanks for the fantastic idea. We are in the process of moving and this is such a great way to decorate and keep family photos current. Love, love, love!

  • bippy1120

    I love this idea Annie, it’s on my DIY List :) I’ve seen a very similar idea to this one by Becky Higgins but the instagram pics were printed on one large sheet. Your idea fits me better because we have the flexibiltiy to change the pictures which is wonderful!
    Question: did you knit the blanket on your Love Seat? It looks like a baby blanket I knit and your border is beautiful, I just love cables. If you knit it is the pattern on Ravelry? This afghan is so beautiful!!!

  • http://www.spoonfulofflavor.com/ Ashley

    I saw your wall art in the post about Caroline’s birthday party and I thought it looked great. I love it!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape

    This is such a cute idea! Love it!!

  • Rachell Edens

    Love this. I have been trying to figure out what to do with all those pics on Instagram and now I have somewhere to showcase them. Thanks for this great idea.

  • Leslie W.

    So happy you blogged this! Like the others, I noticed the frame on Caroline’s birthday post and honed in on it. :) I’ve been working on a similar project and could not for the life of me figure out what to use to attach the pictures. The tiny clothespins are perfect! Thanks for the idea!

  • Virginia Spencer

    this is so creative! I loved it in Caroline’s party photos. thanks for the tutorial!

  • Liz N.

    Annie, thanks for sharing this post! As many times as our family has moved around, I have learned not to grow attached to a home and I’ve become very non-committal when it comes to wall art. It took us 3 years before we hung art around our house and there was not one photo of the family anywhere! I love the flexibility of this frame and the ability to swap out photos depending on the year/season/occasion. I’ll be doing this soon (when we head to our next home in Chicago in a few months!)

  • Nikki

    Actually saw this idea on Pinterest not too long ago and pinned it to my “to-do” for our home office. Can’t wait to get it done! :)

  • annieseats

    Unfortunately no, I didn’t knit this blanket. This was purchased pre-learning to knit. But, now that I can knit, I have vowed not to purchase another throw blanket again. I am currently working on a chunky cabled throw as a gift for someone else and then I may start on one for our own home.

  • http://www.facebook.com/elizabethtoneywilson Liz Wilson

    This looks awesome! Walgreens even prints pictures from Instagram now so it wouldn’t be at all hard to do.

  • Heather Koziarz

    What a cute idea. I am even more excited about you linking the frame maker from etsy. I have two odd shaped prints (11 square, and 9*12) that I have been searching for the perfect frames for over 6 months. I looked on their page and BAM a frame in the EXACT colors I had in mind showed up! Chatting with them now about the size I need. Thanks so much :)

  • Caroline L.

    I love this! Living in a dorm room, you have to get pretty creative in showing your pictures – this would be awesome!

  • annieseats

    Agreed, this would be awesome in a dorm room!

  • annieseats

    Yes, I love them! They do a fantastic job and I’ve had some custom sizes made too. I’m sure yours will be wonderful.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kelsey.morgan.756 Kelsey Morgan

    This is so great, Annie. I’d love to do something similar in my classroom. Each student could get a clothespin and change out their most cherished/prized work as they see fit. Thanks for the idea!

  • annieseats

    LOVE the idea to adapt it to the classroom. Ben might want to start doing this too!

  • Crystal

    I just had to comment- I have that same couch! lol

  • AK Matthiesen

    First, I have to say (probably again,) how much I enjoy your blog! I grew up in Indy and my folks are still there–and I love bringing my boys to town to enjoy the Children’s Museum, Holiday Park, the racetrack, etc.–so reading your posts make me feel “at home!”

    Love this frame of photos! Wondering if you could recommend a site that would print non-instagram images–? Any special kind of paper, to prevent them from curling? Thanks!

  • Catherine MacDonald

    I absolutely love this, as well as what else I have seen of your home–especially your gorgeous and functional kitchen! Would you consider doing a home tour post? I know that is off topic for your blog, but it might be fun for you to showcase your home organization/home decoration, and to inspire other big fans of yours!

  • Erin- Table for 7

    So cute! I love this idea..I am constantly changing out pictures of our kids in frames. This is much easier!

  • annieseats

    I doubt I’ll do a full home tour but I do plan to do more posts like these about decor/crafty things as they come up, on the topics I think readers would be interested in. I’m glad you are enjoying these!

  • annieseats

    My favorite site for prints is mpix.com. The quality just can’t be beat. I’ve tried a lot of other companies but they are my fave. I haven’t ordered any like this from them, but I guess if they have any sort of card stock or thicker paper option, I would choose that.

  • http://www-the-baker-chick.com/ Audra

    Beautiful Annie! I was actually thinking of doing something similar- with just a string of twine and a few pictures attached. I love this idea for when my hubby and I start a family… (and my instagrams are of things other than food.) :)

  • Sara Olson

    I am seriously impressed by how much you are able to get done! Do you ever sleep? Adorable project, by the way.

  • http://seeleyfamilyblog.blogspot.com/ Kristy Seeley

    I did something similar at my house to display my kids’ artwork, Kelsey. :) It would get expensive to do a frame for each child in your classroom, unless you could get them at a really good deal in bulk maybe? When my son brings home new pictures, I let him decide which ones he wants to display in the frames. :) http://seeleyfamilyblog.blogspot.com/2013/01/getting-organized-laundry-room-and.html

  • annieseats

    Of course :) This really is a super quick project, it took just a few minutes to assemble and hang.

  • Heather at Kitchen Concoctions

    I have wanted to do something similar for a long time but was going to do some sort of bulletin board. BUT I love the open back concept of this and am super excited to find a place that will print Instagram photos! Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1329563553 April Wesson Driggers

    I completely agree! She must have a cape!

  • Allison Joyner

    Love this! I love the square photo look, I actually use winkflash when I order mine, it’s a quite a bit cheaper than prinstagram (only 12 cents/4X4) you can add the white border and select the matte finish, just thought I’d share! Love your blog, always drool worthy recipes!

  • Jenny (Spoonwithme)

    Love it, Annie! What a fun way to have “evolving” art on the wall, not to mention doing something with all those instagram pics just hanging out in my phone!

  • MEB21

    This is so amazing!! I love it! Totally doing this for my daughter’s room. She’s addicted to Instagram and what a great way to showcase the fun and not have to commit. Thanks so much for sharing:)

  • Nalini Vishwanath

    This looks wonderful Annie! Can you tell me the sizes of the frame and photos if you dont mind?

  • annieseats

    My frame is 30 x 40 (I think) and I bought the 4-inch square prints.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lea.anne.1257 Lea Anne

    Found a beautiful wooden frame with some gold inlay for 5 BUCKS at a yard sale this morning and I ordered 48 prints to go with it! It is 24×30! Cant wait to put it in my living room. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

  • Leigh

    Now that you’ve had this up for a few months how is it working? I’m thinking of doing this now that we just signed a lease for another year. Do the pictures from printstagram start to curl? I have some other pictures hanging unframed on a wall like this and they’re starting to curve a bit even though I live in a really dry part of the country.

  • annieseats

    No, they look exactly the same. It’s nice thick card stock so there is no curling.