How to Create a Wall Collage with Photographs

I love nothing more than adorning my walls with personal photos. But how you do make them look cool, and not like you’ve just plastered your walls with holiday snaps of your recent trip to Spain?

It’s a real challenge isn’t it?

So in today’s post, I’m collaborating with the lovely people over at Photobox again, showing how you can make a wall collage with your own photographs, and turn it into something cool.

There's something so unique and personal about creating a photo wall collage using your own photos. And there are lots of ways you can do this. From using retro prints, hanging them on string, adding to a noticeboard and more. Be creative when making your wall displays, wall collages and photo walls, let your imagination run wild.

I’m going to be using several different products creating a wall display firstly for under £40 and then for £100. It’s actually quite surprising what you can do with the cheaper option. Let’s take a look.

Photo Wall Display under £40:

To make something cool, changeable and totally you, check out the Photobox Premium Retro Prints. In this set, costing just £19.99 plus £3.50 for the hanging set, you’ll get your collection of 36 retro style prints, plus the string, pegs and washi tape.

It’s really easy to use on the website. Simply upload your set of photos, (I’ve used mine from last year’s family holiday to Italy) add them to the product and edit if you need to. Once you’re done, place your order. This was probably the quickest product I created on the Photobox website and I just love the end result.

There's something so unique and personal about creating a photo wall collage using your own photos. And there are lots of ways you can do this. From using retro prints, hanging them on string, adding to a noticeboard and more. Be creative when making your wall displays, wall collages and photo walls, let your imagination run wild. Now seriously all you really need is the string and washi tape to create something really unusual. Play around and maybe hang your tape in rows, changing up the photos. Or perhaps take an old frame, knock out the glass, and hang your string in 3 rows across it. Then using the pegs, clip on your photos across the rows. It makes a very cool display which cost next to nothing.

I’ve actually combined my tape and pegs combo with a cute noticeboard frame I picked up at a supermarket a few weeks ago. Complete with gold clips, this is a very stylish way to create a display. Why not add some extra pieces onto the board too, like favourite postcards, feathers, leaves, jewellery or anything really that works with the look of your photos. Let your imagination run wild.

If you’re just using the photos, play about with how you display them until you find the look you love. The possibilities are endless.

I just love how this idea is easy to achieve yet really showcases your personality. The display could reflect the style of photos too, perhaps with black and white images you could make something much moodier and more sophisticated. Depending on the room and your colour scheme, your photos and display can reflect the scheme as well as your style.

There's something so unique and personal about creating a photo wall collage using your own photos. And there are lots of ways you can do this. From using retro prints, hanging them on string, adding to a noticeboard and more. Be creative when making your wall displays, wall collages and photo walls, let your imagination run wild. So now we’ve explored the £40 wall display option, let’s look at how you can beef that up and go for a bigger display on a larger budget.

Wall Collage Display under £100:

There's something so unique and personal about creating a photo wall collage using your own photos. And there are lots of ways you can do this. From using retro prints, hanging them on string, adding to a noticeboard and more. Be creative when making your wall displays, wall collages and photo walls, let your imagination run wild. With a bigger budget I’ve used my initial retro style snaps display and put it into something larger.

For this collage, I’ve used a Framed Poster Print, one of my favourite products actually from Photobox, and 2 of the Mounted Poster Prints, which are fun with a matte non-glass finish. The whole display came in at under £100 including the noticeboard.

As I’ve chosen our family holiday photos to use in the smaller display, I’ve continued a theme of bright blue skies and the outdoors into the larger pieces. I wanted the collage to have a theme, and whilst the photos are all slightly different, the colour and general aesthetic gives them coordination.

There's something so unique and personal about creating a photo wall collage using your own photos. And there are lots of ways you can do this. From using retro prints, hanging them on string, adding to a noticeboard and more. Be creative when making your wall displays, wall collages and photo walls, let your imagination run wild. When it comes to creating a collage I don’t really follow too many rules. There are so many ideas and guidelines out there to look at, but I love to see what photos and pictures I have to use, and then play around with them until I find a layout that I like the look of, and that fits within the space on the wall.

The only thing I do try to do is give the whole display an edge or border. So it might not be very obvious, but the all of the smaller pieces, make up one larger picture in a square or rectangle. Broadly speaking.

There's something so unique and personal about creating a photo wall collage using your own photos. And there are lots of ways you can do this. From using retro prints, hanging them on string, adding to a noticeboard and more. Be creative when making your wall displays, wall collages and photo walls, let your imagination run wild. I’m so pleased with how this little reading corner has turned out. The family love the pictures, all of which have some special significance to us, some quite personal and private. It’s interesting how the pictures have sparked up conversations about that holiday, particularly as we’re going back there this year, and of memories and experiences we shared as a family.

There's something so unique and personal about creating a photo wall collage using your own photos. And there are lots of ways you can do this. From using retro prints, hanging them on string, adding to a noticeboard and more. Be creative when making your wall displays, wall collages and photo walls, let your imagination run wild. I guess that’s what makes the process of using your own photographs in your interiors so special. There’s nothing quite like being reminded of special occasions on a daily basis.

If you’ve love making wall displays but aren’t sure where to start, check out my short video with top 3 tips on how to make great wall collages.

3 Tips for Creating Wall Collages:

Have fun making your own wall displays, and don’t forget to really play around with your photographs to create something unique and personal to you.

Further reading: Check out last week’s post on how to create a shelf display using photos.

Collaborative post: Thank you for supporting the brands that make the blog possible. 

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14 Comments

  1. Karen - Making Spaces
    April 28, 2017 / 10:01 am

    Looks great Jen! Nice that you went for the same colour palette. So good that you can get photos printed out so easily. And I do love a bit of monochrome washi tape too!x

    • April 29, 2017 / 7:05 am

      Thanks Karen, I agree you can’t beat that washi tape 😉 x

  2. April 28, 2017 / 10:15 am

    Ah, that’s so lovely – looks great! Love the holiday blue skies and the gold edged noticeboard and clips are fab, too. I definitely would love to try this after our much anticipated holiday to Spain this year. You’ve given me some inspiration, so thank you xx

    • April 29, 2017 / 7:04 am

      Ah thanks Antonia, enjoy your Spanish trip! x

  3. April 28, 2017 / 12:06 pm

    I really need to print some of my photos for my new home- will definitely check Photobox out! Lovely displays there Jen x

    • April 29, 2017 / 7:04 am

      Thanks Kate, it’s so easy to forget about holiday photos isn’t it. x

  4. April 28, 2017 / 1:08 pm

    Love the impact of those bigger prints. I’m also loving that animation! Fab work!

    • April 29, 2017 / 7:03 am

      Thanks Susie, really pleased with those little animations, think they really bring the idea to life. x

  5. April 28, 2017 / 5:25 pm

    Looks great Jen. I especially like the gold rack with gold bulldog clips.

  6. April 29, 2017 / 9:38 am

    I think this would be great for a kids bedroom too, then as they grow you could change it it up really cost effectively. Given more some ideas, thanks Jen.

  7. April 29, 2017 / 6:14 pm

    I love the little washing line kit – it’s the sort of thing that I’ve always got in mind to do but then I never get round to sourcing all the bits like pegs, pretty string etc. Great that it all comes in one package. I really like the big framed print too. It’s great to get photos off screen and onto the walls again!

  8. April 30, 2017 / 9:58 am

    That looks great Jen! I love how you could easily change these for each holiday you go on too. Love the funky videos!

  9. May 2, 2017 / 11:42 am

    Looks wonderful Jen. I love mesh wire boards for displaying photos.

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