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Have a lot of frames that don't have a home? You are not alone. Many people love to take pictures and take the time to mount them but never hang them in their homes. Why waste these perfectly good pictures and artwork? Make a collage wall, and see what happens. Photos lined up on the floor or in a closet do the artwork any good. Why not take it out and display it on a wall in a collage?
- Photo Collage Themes Examples
- Arrange the frames and other things on the floor.
- Group by odd numbers
- Add wall decor that matches the theme
- Place frames closer together
- Stay with a particular color or style.
- Collages can be any shape
- Buy frames at yardsales or discount places.
- Update 2024
Several years ago, we were getting molding added to the ceiling in our main living areas. So, I decided to make themed walls. If you want to check out my themed walls, check out my blog post: HOW TO ARRANGE PHOTOS ON A TWO STORY STAIRCASE WALL
When my dad passed, he had many original faith-based artworks he had purchased for different parts of the world. I inherited only some of them. So, with my picture of my children's confirmation and other faith-based items, I created a faith collage wall in my hallway.
I then built a wall about family. My family wall had family members near and far from special times in their lives. I had pictures of my kids and posters framed of my dad's favorite things.
In my living room, I had an embracing couples theme wall. Sorry, I can't think of a better title. It has all the portraits and artwork that I have had that were couples embracing. I love those artwork pieces, so I had plenty of them.
To make your collage-themed wall, first, gather all the picture frames together and decide on a theme. Here are some examples of photo collage themes to help.
Photo Collage Themes Examples
As of 2024 - I updated the list below to include other collage themes for the wall.
- Faith wall
- Spiritual Wall
- Family wall
- Wedding photos of family members
- Places you have visited
- Places you want to visit
- Wedding photos
- School year pictures
- Your favorite things like flowers
- Events or achievements you have completed
- Family Vacation
- Once in a Lifetime vacation wall
- Coastal scene or vacation
- Bird themed wall
- Love themed wall
- Self-portrait theme wall
- Flower themed wall
- College days
- Friends Wall
- Cousins Wall
- Letters from Loved Ones
- Color theme Wall
Arrange the frames and other things on the floor.
Then, arrange them on the floor. If you don't have enough room on the floor, use these on top of your largest bed. I liked to use a sticky note and cut out the shape of the picture frame, adhere to the wall, and see how it looks.
Here are some tips on hanging wall collage themes.
Group by odd numbers
The first tip is to group picture frames in odd numbers like threes, fives, and sevens.
Add wall decor that matches the theme
The next tip is to add objects that will help complete the theme wall. I added a cross for my faith wall above. You can use rub-on inspiring words. I found it at Marshall's for only $10.00.
Place frames closer together
Place frames closer together when usual and see how that looks. Trying to get picture frames leveled with one another takes some time, and usually, you need a laser level to make sure you have a straight line from one picture frame to another. I prefer to make them completely not leveled, so I don’t have to worry about the picture frames lining up.
Stay with a particular color or style.
Uniforms in frame colors look nice but not necessary. I like to keep the frames similar but not the same. I also have a few textured frames, so it draws attention to them.
Collages can be any shape
The collage can be any shape you want. If you have stairs, a collage going down the stairs is beautiful. If you have a high wall, you can create a form like a clock or a heart and use the frames to make the shape. It doesn’t have to be square because you have square frames or rectangle because you have rectangle frames.
Buy frames at yardsales or discount places.
Frames can be expensive, so go to a yard sale and buy vintage older picture frames. Spray paint them the same color to make them uninformed on the wall.
I hope this helps you get that framed artwork off the floor and out of the closet and onto the walls so everyone can enjoy it.
We recently painted our entire main floor and our two-story steps, installed a new system, and rearranged our themed walls. Check out the new post at HOW TO INSTALL A DIY HOME PICTURE HANGING SYSTEM for more ideas and inspiration on a new hanging system for picture frames.
Do you have a theme wall? Do you want a theme collage wall? What would your theme be? Please leave a comment below.
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