How to Create a Wall Collage: Essential Tricks plus Video

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.

We often underestimate the benefits of using art on our walls but it’s hugely important for our wellbeing, happiness and emotional connection to our home. 

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.

How to Create a Wall Collage with Photos:

1. Low Budget option

Use Retro Prints

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.

Hang with String and Washi Tape

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.

Add a Gold Noticeboard Frame

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.

Use Black and White Images

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.

2. Larger Budget Wall Collage 

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.

Use Poster Prints

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.

Keep it personal

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.

How to Create a Wall Collage: 3 Essential Tips (Video)

YouTube video

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.

10 Rules to follow when Creating a Wall Collage:

  1. Set your budget before you begin
  2. Choose a theme or colour palette and stick to it
  3. Add personal photos and pieces that have meaning
  4. Scour charity or thrift stores for eclectic pieces
  5. Layout your wall art on the floor to choose the best positioning
  6. Transfer the layout to the wall with pencil or chalk
  7. Start hanging from one corner or the centre
  8. Use photos in frames or on canvas, or retro prints work well
  9. If space will allow, plan to expand your collage over time
  10. There really are no rules, follow your instincts!

Examples of Wall Collages we love:

Sticking with one theme

Fruit. Not only is the subject matter continued throughout the examples in this wall collage, the art display also commits to a particular style of painting. This theme commitment allows for the variety of materials and pieces in the display, such as paper, frames and plates.

 

Repeating Patterns

The pattern of a plain leaf is repeated in different mediums from the framed photo art, to real life wall mounted plants to plants on shelves.

You’ll notice how two colours spring up throughout the wall display. Black and Green. Both are repeated in the different mediums to allow the whole art display to feel cohesive and well structured.  

 

Small and Subtle

Not all wall collage displays have include multiple prints or photos. Sometimes less is more.

These 3 very simple pencil and watercolour drawings are mounted in a easy style.

Again the same colours are repeated in the individual framed art so the collage feels bigger and more pulled together.

 

Example Layout

This image grabbed my eye as a way of illustrating a photo wall collage layout. 

Notice how the whole wall display has one defining line that everything else works from? 

The bottom row is hung in a way that allows the frames to line up along the bottom line. It’s a very clever trick that brings a uniformity to the wall display.

Further reading: Check out last week’s post on how to create a shelf display using photos and 15 Best Wall Collage Ideas

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Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an interiors writer and blogger and has an insatiable love of home style and decor

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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

    • Jen Stanbrook
      Author
      April 29, 2017 / 7:05 am

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

  2. Antonia Ludden #tidylife
    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

    • Jen Stanbrook
      Author
      April 29, 2017 / 7:04 am

      Ah thanks Antonia, enjoy your Spanish trip! x

  3. Kate
    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

    • Jen Stanbrook
      Author
      April 29, 2017 / 7:04 am

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

  4. Oldfashionedsusie
    April 28, 2017 / 1:08 pm

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

    • Jen Stanbrook
      Author
      April 29, 2017 / 7:03 am

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

  5. Carole King
    April 28, 2017 / 5:25 pm

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

    • Jen Stanbrook
      Author
      April 29, 2017 / 7:02 am

      Cute isn’t it, thanks Carole x

  6. Amanda
    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. Nancy - MapandFamily
    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. Stephanie
    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. Geraldine
    May 2, 2017 / 11:42 am

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

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