How do I make a collage of family pictures on a large entry wall?

Carmen Montijo
by Carmen Montijo

Our entry wall is about 12x23. It is to your left as you open the front door. The front room is a combination sitting area and dining area. I would love to have a collection of family pictures and/or a cross collage on that wall, yet keep the separation of the areas. Any ideas?

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  • Libbie B Libbie B on Jul 27, 2018

    I adore a good gallery wall! Have you been to Micheal's lately? They have an entire section ( in their frame dept) where you can choose from different types of frames and decor pieces. (This is not an affiliate response, I promise). I made one from my daughter's apt a few months ago. We took pics of a few things she had that she wanted to use and then went into a store together and laid things out on the floor. Quick and easy! Bonus if you have coupons. ;)

  • Judy Judy on Jul 27, 2018

    I just saw these frames at the store mentioned above.

    When I use photos in a room some go along with that room.

    Like photos of a party or a dinner go in the dining room.

    If your looking for a theme that might help or a color scheme to the frames for that room.

    This is always a challenge for me too.

  • Suelane Suelane on Jul 27, 2018

    Hi Carmen,

    I have done collages with photos - first I got the photos photocopied onto cardstock paper so that I still had the original photos.

    Then I used large 16" x 20" (usually that size) artists' canvas *not the flat canvas, the kind wrapped over a wood frame* and arranged how I wanted to display them. I cut any to 'crop' them to fit into the design.

    From there I used Mod Podge on the canvas and also the back of the cardstock photos and placed the photos on. I give them another top coat of Mod Podge to seal all in.

    Good luck, you could make a few of these to hang onto your wall.

  • Dwp7470b Dwp7470b on Jul 27, 2018

    Although they make collage frames, you obviously seem to want something larger in that Huge Area, which presently looks bare, dull and boring.

    Few people seem to know this, but you can buy unfinished frames, and can also cut off the corners and any places of frames where you want these to connect.

    These can be quite large a custom collage, which needs special accomodations to place and space these, moreso: Glue after Hang.

    And these can almost seamlessly connect or if that bit of seam bothers you, you can sand and paint, with a Color of your choice.

    There are many benefits to making your own Collage far more unique and special to you and your family.

  • Jcraw Jcraw on Jul 27, 2018

    All the suggestions above are great. But please find one or two or three pictures that would look great blown up; group and outdoor shots are particularly special.

    My wall also includes, for depth and texture, a few Shadow boxes from a Michaels sale.

    I can change the photos and the grandkids colorful artwork.

    When you’ve got it all together, in assorted frames, lay them out on the floor to do the arrangement rather than lots of holes in the wall.

    An alternative is to hang yourself picture-railing to avoid multiple holes in the wall.

  • Jeanne Martin Jeanne Martin on Jul 28, 2018
    I'm doing something similar on a large wall in my living room. I've already decided on everything being black & white. At the very top I have a large white distressed farmhouse type clock (I have cathedral ceilings). I have purchased all the black frames I need and white mats. Next, I will make paper patterns for each frame and use those to decide my layout. You can lay it out on your floor or lightly tape to your wall. Move them around until you are happy with the layout. I still have to do that and I also need to take all my pics somewhere to get them printed out all in B&W. (My printer sucks.) I haven't even totally decided every pic I'm going to use yet! I'm really trying to do this right, not my usual half-assed work.

  • Emily Emily on Jul 28, 2018

    Don't mean to be a naysayer but generally speaking photos of family members esp a gallery wall are not considered proper for public spaces. Paintings would be fine, or any kind of original art work, but photographs are generally not displayed this way. Look at decorating magazines for guidance. Some framed photographs are o.k. for tabletops, etc. but not wall hung