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!
Now, 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.
First, 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.
Lay the laser cut frame onto the foam board, and use a pencil to trace the inside edge of the frame onto the board.
Cut around the outline you just created, leaving about 1/4″ – 1/2″ of space, as in the photo above.
Grab 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.
Now, 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.
Carefully 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.
Get 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.
Go 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.
Arrange 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.
Once you’ve glued them down, simply cut around the template to create your family letter.
I 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.
All shiny! I think lamintaing makes the colors a little more vivid, too.
Once 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.
I 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:
I love this project so much! Thanks for sharing!
Thank you Bethany! 🙂
This is adorable! Love projects with meaning! Super cute!
Emily @ Elizabeth Joan Designs
Thank you Emily! I love how it turned out, and it’s so pretty hanging on my wall 🙂
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!
Thank you so much Carrie! I have that problem – so many photos and trying to find creative ways to display them is tough. This was a lot of fun to make. Thanks for pinning!
Oh how I LOVE this project! Cheap and so personal to your family!
Please share this at my Show Me Saturday linky party this weekend! Pretty please with sugar on top? 😉
Thanks Ashley! Just linked up 🙂 I appreciate the invite!
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.