DIY Family Collage Art

Hey y’all!  Sometimes my favorite projects are the ones that were created as I went along, no real plan, just messing around with what I had on hand and creating something fun.  That’s the case with this DIY Family Collage Art, which I first shared a few weeks ago on The Everyday Home.  I’m excited to share the tutorial with you here today!

Family Name Photo Collage Art | Sweet Tea & Saving GraceNow, I am a craft and DIY blogger so I keep a lot of craft supplies on hand, but it was super exciting to finish this and realize I didn’t spend a penny!  Not one red cent, y’all!  But even if you don’t have a supply closet full of craft goodies, you can make this on the cheap, I promise.

Family Name Photo Collage Art | Sweet Tea & Saving GraceFirst, you’ll need to swing into Michael’s, or your local craft store, and pick up one of these laser cut frames and some white foam board.  My frame will hold an 11×14 picture.  It’s big.

Family Name Photo Collage Art  |  Sweet Tea & Saving GraceLay the laser cut frame onto the foam board, and use a pencil to trace the inside edge of the frame onto the board.

Family Name Photo Collage Art | Sweet Tea & Saving GraceCut around the outline you just created, leaving about 1/4″ – 1/2″ of space, as in the photo above.

Family Name Photo Collage Art  |  Sweet Tea & Saving GraceGrab a can of spray paint in the color of your choice.  I’m hanging this in our dining room, which is navy blue with red and yellow accents, so I chose Colonial Red by Rust-Oleum.  Give your laser cut frame a good coating of spray paint, then set it aside to dry while you finish the rest of the project.

Family Name Photo Collage Art | Sweet Tea & Saving GraceNow, open up a Word doc on your computer and type the letter of your last name, then resize it to fill the page.  Print it out – this will be your template.

Family Name Photo Collage Art | Sweet Tea & Saving GraceCarefully cut out the letter, leaving only the outline to use as your template.  I used a few strips of tape to tape mine back together so I could work with it.

Family Name Photo Collage Art | Sweet Tea & Saving GraceGet a piece of cardstock and attach your letter template to it with washi tape or painter’s tape – something removable, but that will hold it in place while you work.

Family Name Photo Collage Art | Sweet Tea & Saving GraceGo back to your Word doc and drop photos onto a blank page, sizing them to 2″x2″.  I printed more than I needed for this project so I could make a good arrangement that showed our faces.  Depending on your letter, you’ll need more or less than mine – I used about 18 pictures, I think.

Family Name Photo Collage Art  |  Sweet Tea & Saving GraceArrange the pictures under your template until you have a nice arrangement that you are satisfied with, then carefully glue them down one by one, overlapping as necessary.  I used a regular glue stick.

Family Name Photo Collage Art | Sweet Tea & Saving GraceOnce you’ve glued them down, simply cut around the template to create your family letter.

Family Name Photo Collage Art  |  Sweet Tea & Saving GraceI chose to laminate my letter, but you can skip this step if you like.  I don’t think it’s completely necessary, but I liked protecting my collage this way.

Family Name Photo Collage Art | Sweet Tea & Saving GraceAll shiny!  I think lamintaing makes the colors a little more vivid, too.

Family Name Photo Collage Art | Sweet Tea & Saving GraceOnce your laser cut frame is dry, simply use a hot glue gun to attach the foam board to the frame.

I also added our last name and the year of our marriage using my Silhouette machine.  Anothe option would be vinyl alpha stickers from the craft store.

Family Name Photo Collage Art | Sweet Tea & Saving GraceI can’t decide if I want to hang it with ribbon or just on it’s own, but I love the finished product!  It turned out better than I had imagined!

For more fun craft projects using your photos, try these:

Photo Collage Desk
Photo Collage Desk
Instagram Photo Key Holders
Instagram Photo Key Holders

9 Responses

  1. I LOVE this idea! It’s super simple and sweet. I love photos and trying to narrow down which ones I display is a difficult process. This family collage makes it easy to display them all in one place! Pinning this!

  2. Kirsten,
    Thanks for sharing such a clever way to honor a family! This is brilliant and a memento the family could keep for years! Merry Christmas.

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