- 7 years ago
- Wedding: February 2011
I really didn’t want to do a slideshow at our wedding for a variety of reasons, but I did want to display pictures somehow and there is a big blank wall in our venue I wanted to cover… so I decided to do a DIY photo wall! I had a general concept of how I wanted it to look:
But I was super unsure of how I was going to make it happen. The big problems I foresaw were:
1) the ribbon at the top might not be strong enough to support the weight of all the photos, thus causing unfortunate droopage and clumping of the photos near the center, and
2) because the hooks that I need to hang these on are about 6 inches away from the wall, would the photos spin?
Last night a friend and I worked out the perfect solution to this problem, so I had to share because I love the results!
8ft x8ft piece of fabric (find in the home decor section)
14 feet of 1 inch ribbon
4 spools (18 feet each) of 1/2 inch ribbon
42 5x7inch pieces of cardstock
42 4×6 photos
sewing machine (optional, but a time saver)
safety pins (optional)
1) Sew 1 inch ribbon to the upper edge of 8×8 fabric, leaving 3 feet of extra ribbon hang off of each side. You could also hand-stitch this but it’d take a while
2) cut 7 8-foot lengths of 1/2 inch ribbon and lay on floor spaced 1 ft apart
3) take your photos and arrange 6 on each ribbon (just lay them there for spacing and to see where photos are landscape vs. portrait orientation).
4) When you’re happy with the layout, slide cardstock under the ribbon under each photo (so floor/cardstock/ribbon/photo)
5) One photo at a time, remove a photo and staple the ribbon to the cardstock at 2 places in the middle, then replace photo so you don’t forget which goes where!
6) Use a glue stick to glue photos to cardstock (ribbon will be sandwiched between cardstock and photo, and glue will help ribbon stay stuck as well as staples)
8) lay out your fabric with ribbon at the top. mark discretely the 1/2/3/4/5/6/7 foot marks. One at a time, place the long ribbons with pictures on the fabric and attach small ribbon to the wide ribbon at the top at each of the foot markers (I sewed them in place through the big ribbon, small ribbon, and fabric)
**this next step can be done either at home or at the venue when you’re hanging it. I decided to save this for the venue because I was worried about the photos tangling in transit… so I stacked each row of photos on top of each other and put each ribbon with 6 photos into a ziplock that is sealed near the top of the fabric**
9) after hanging photo wall by tying the two ends to hooks, arrange all the pictures so that they face outward. Then use safety pins or needle/thread to secure the ribbon to the fabric in 2 places on each skinny ribbon so that the photos don’t spin.
Obviously it will look a little better when it is hanging against a white wall vs. over my balcony…. but I’m thrilled with how it turned out! Best part was that it only took about 2 hrs from start to finish (after I had already chosen photos, and with 2 people… it’d take a little longer if you’re doing it yourself)