Photo Wall Ideas

I love using photo galleries in our home, and I’m sharing several photo wall ideas for your home. Most of the ideas are fairly inexpensive and easy to create!

Old Photo Wall

I recently added a photo wall gallery to our upstairs hallway, and you can see more on that makeover HERE. This gallery is inexpensive and fairly easy to recreate. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • IKEA Frames – These frames are only $12.99, and hold photos that are 16×20. They also come pre-matted!
  • Photos – I scanned some old family photos and sent them to our local office supply store to be printed. They printed on normal paper, so the quality isn’t great (but the old photos aren’t great quality to begin with).

And that is it! This is by far one of my less expensive gallery walls, and I love the nod to our heritage.

Framed Silhouettes

I know technically this isn’t a photo wall, but it is made from photographs so that counts, right? Silhouettes are such a fun way to decorate the walls, and these silhouettes are SO easy to create (they’re also very inexpensive).

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Oval frame – I found mine at Walmart for around $6, but they were black and I painted them gold. If you prefer not to paint your own, here are some gold oval frames.
  • Digital profile photo – I used my phone to take the photos and emailed them to myself.
  • Black paper – You will cut the profile from this.
  • Double stick tape
  • Scissors

You can see the tutorial for making framed silhouettes HERE!

Classic Photos

This photo wall near our kitchen is the my most asked about photo gallery. This one was SO easy, but it is much more expensive. BUT, the photos came frames AND matted and I just had to hang them. You can see more details HERE.

Is the above option out of your prices range? Check out this other options that is very similar in look!

For this wall, I inexpensive frames and had my photos printed online. The reason I ended up replacing was because the frames are inexpensive and did eventually warp AND I love gold!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • IKEA frames – These fit 16×20 images but do warp easily. Try hanging by two nails on the far ends to help avoid this.
  • Photos – I used an online photo printer for mine.

I created a post about this wall several years ago, and you can read all the details HERE.

Go create something!

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Mod Podge Memories

Mod Podge Memories

I discovered “mod podging” (or deco podge) in college.  Maybe we were weird (I prefer to think we were trendsetters), but my friends and I would mod podge whatever we could get our hands on – frames, boxes, photo albums –  you name it.  It was an inexpensive but sentimental gift.  I ran across this beauty the other day…


I made this for my husband, but we were “friends” at the time.  Explains the collage of people in the frame instead of a picture of just us.  It’s pretty cheesy, but it was sweet (I think?) at the time. I was excited to revisit my mod podging days, and I got this idea off of Pinterest.  Using photos, paint, mod podge, and unfinished wooden plaques (found at Hobby Lobby or Michaels for only a few dollars), you can create wall art. plaque modpodge

I painted the plaques using three different but similar neutral colors (a beige-ish, greenish and grayish neutral) and let them dry.  I then distressed them by sanding them and added a light drybrush of another color.  Finally, I cut my photos and glued them on with a mod podge. Mod podge is really easy to use – you just brush it on!  After you have the photos glued in place, you can mod podge the entire plaque – just brush right over the photo.  I did a couple of layers on each plaque and let it dry.  Mod podge looks white when wet, but it will dry clear and become shellac.


It’s an inexpensive and unique way to display some of your favorite photos.


What Mod Podge memories are you going to create?

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