Christmas Wall Art With Mounted Photos

When we put our tree up, I noticed a big ugly.  A big, ugly, bare spot on the wall right next to the tree.  I thought, hmmm, I should paint something (but I’m not much of a painter), then I thought, PHOTO!!!  Now that I can do.  That’s how I came up with the Christmas Wall Art with Mounted Photos.

So I started snapping pictures of different decorations.  I knew I wanted some horizontal and some vertical, so I shot accordingly.

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After I had chosen the ones I wanted to work with, I uploaded them to a one hour photo service and picked them up.  Stopped by Home Depot and got a sheet of thin MDF.  I traced the exact size of the prints onto the wood, then they were cut out.  I used a paint pen to go around the edges so that if they were not perfectly the same, it wouldn’t show as much.  I did the same thing to the sides of the boards.

(If you have no way to cut wood, I’m sure you could do this with canvas)

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Next, I used Mod Podge to adhere the photo to the board.

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Brushed it on as evenly as I could.

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I went over it with a brayer (just because I had one, you could use a bottle if you don’t have a brayer) to smooth out any bubbles.  My brayer looks like it has something on it, but it’s just ink from years of use.

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I let them dry thinking I would go over the top with Mod Podge, but I didn’t.  Drilled a little hole in the back so they could be hung on little steel pins, which make a tiny hole in the wall so it won’t be noticeable when it comes time to take them down.

I would have printed larger photos, but the one hour didn’t offer anything larger than 8 x 10.

So there you have very inexpensive and easy decorations for an empty wall, Christmas Wall Art with Mounted Photos.  This could be done for all seasons…. hmmm, I know I have some photos around here somewhere.  🙂

What kind of ideas does this project give you?  Have you done anything similar?

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    1. Ok, now I officially think I’m un-crafty. These are so great! I also have a large blank wall space next to my tree. These are so easy to make and can be especially themed for the holiday. Thanks for sharing!

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      Vee Reply:

      hahaha, no, I don’t believe you’re un-crafty Cherie! I think everyone is crafty, they just need inspiration.
      I’m glad you liked them, and yes, they could be themed to any time of year or holiday. Give some a try!

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    2. I LOVE this Vee! You could put this on Etsy! Beautiful job!

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      Vee Reply:

      Well thank you Jo… and welcome! Thanks for commenting here, it’s nice to see a familiar “face”.
      I really do need to do something with my photos that would make me $$. If I could perfect this technique, I just might try some on Etsy. Thanks for the positive vote!!

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    3. Brilliant! I mean the idea and the photos! I love this idea for home and my office space. It’s affordable enough to change out with the seasons, decorating changes.. love love love… I will definitely be trying this real soon!
      Kim @ WampumHome recently posted…Wamth for The LittlesMy Profile

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      Vee Reply:

      Thank you Kim! I hope you do try it. It was literally only a few hours from the time I took the pictures to the time they were finished and ready to hang. Very affordable and easy.

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    4. I really love the idea. I am not crafty either and this is a very practical work to do. Thanks very sharing.
      Adelien recently posted…My Goals in 2014My Profile

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      Vee Reply:

      Thank you Adelien! This is quite an easy project and even the “craft challenged” could pull this one off, hahaha. Hope you give it a try.

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    5. Beautiful photos and what a great idea!!! So creative! I might do this with some blank spaces I have around the house! Thank you!
      Kristen from The Road to Domestication recently posted…How’s it Looking?My Profile

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      Vee Reply:

      Thanks Kristen! I KNOW you have a plethora of photos to choose from, so I fully expect to see a finished project from you in the near future. 🙂

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    6. These are really cute! They are so simple and yet they look like you could have easily bought them. I love it!
      Jill @ Called To Be A Mom recently posted…Weekend Preview of New Book- One Income MysteryMy Profile

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      Vee Reply:

      Thank you Jill. It was indeed a quick project and very inexpensive.

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