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After I made my post about my bedroom redo and its positive impacts on my life, I got a lot of emails asking me about my ombré photo wall. Not only was I super flattered, but I was (and am) also really excited to share this project with you 🥰 So for those of you that don’t know, you will quickly come to find out how much I love my Pinterest and I love DIY projects. That said, my ombré pink photo wall is my absolute FAVORITE diy to this day. And the best part about it is that not only is it super cute, but it was really inexpensive and easy.
when I started re-doing my room, I knew I wanted to have a photo gallery wall, so after some exploring on Pinterest, I found the idea and then made it into my own! Keep reading to figure out how you can do the same thing!
choose your color scheme
Light to dark or dark to light, you will want to choose what colors you want for your ombré effect. Being a lover of pink, I knew I wanted an ombré pink wall. But, this project will look great with whatever color scheme you choose. And honestly, if you want, you don’t even have to have multiple colors. I think people just really loved the way I did mine, which is why this post consists of the word “ombré a lot, lol. I used the image below as inspo for step 2…
choose your photos and get them developed or print them yourself
Download the Kodak Moments app in the app store and go through your phones photo album and choose all of the pictures you want to have on your photo wall. This will help you know how much paper t buy and how many frames to buy, too. Once you have selected the pictures, you can either add filters onto them like I did and make them b&w or you can keep them in their original state — it is completely up t you. Once you’ve done that, you can either have the pictures shipped to you or you can have them sent, printed, and readily (quickly as in you can order the pictures at 10:00am and get an email at 10:15am saying they’re ready to be picked up) available for you to pick up at the closest location possible!
Another thing that I absolutely love about the Kodak Moments App is that I don’t have to pay until I get to the store. And in my case, the store is the Target that is literally 5 minutes away from my house. I’m able to look at and inspect the pictures before I choose to pay, so I know I’m never going to be disappointed with the turnout of my pics, because I got to approve of them instead of paying (which you can do if you want) on the app and having them delivered (which I have yet to do) or picking them up and being disappointed with the quality. Anyways, I chose the 5×5 picture size, since I had a feeling I was going to want a slightly smaller frame size than a 12×12!
Ok, onto step 3 now…
get your colored cardstock papers
Now that you’ve decided on your color scheme, head on over to Hobby Lobby or your local arts + crafts store and go to the stationary/cardstock aisle and get the colors you want! If you go to Hobby Lobby, since that’s the store I went to, then they make it easy on you and have 12×12 squared pieces of cardstock. This is also a good time to decide in your head what size frames you’ll want (mine are 8×8). To do the same as me, I lucked out and found this ‘Pink Cardstock Paper Pack; 12×12‘ and bought it, after having gone through all of the individual colors and picked them out 🙄 Oh well. I then went to their frames and tried finding fairly inexpensive square frames and the frames they had available were not at all what I wanted. Oh well, once again. I knew I would find exactly what I wanted somewhere, so I wasn’t worried. Ok, onto step 4!
get your picture frames
If you bought your square frames at the same store that you bought your cardstock paper — good for you! As I previously stated, I did not like the look of the frames at my Hobby Lobby, so on a whim, I went to the Dollar Tree I always go to, which was literally in the same shopping plaza as the other store. Here, I found gold and black square frames (the only square frames they had/have) that came pre-packaged with a collage insert. However, I knew I could easily remove the collage insert (a very thin piece of cardboard) and nobody would never know that it had once been there —
I bought 20 gold 9.7×9.7 frames, though I knew I was only going to use 16 of them. But, add my clumsiness and the fragility of some of Dollar Tree’s products, I knew it was in my best interest to get a few more just in case. Surprisingly I didn’t need the extras, but I would rather have been safe than sorry, which I was :). I also bought a few packs of Adhesive Glue Dots and several packs of Jot’s Foam Mounting Tape. I highly recommend buying these online, because you have the option (well, the only option, lol) to buy in bulk, and you will need a lot of glue dots (do NOT use glue or a glue stick) and lots of mounting tape! You can do so by clicking on the links I have provided you! 🙂
now you’re done!
Kidding! But, by now you should have your pictures, your paper, your frames, your adhesive glue dots (a diy-ers bff), foam mounting tape, scissors, a ruler, a pen/pencil/marker, and patience. And I add in the patience part, because I may or may not be super impatient *looks around somewhat embarrassed but not really* If you’re patient, great; I envy you. But, as I’ve said, this project is really simple, so patience isn’t required. Now, take all of your supplies to a clean table and unpack everything. If you went ahead and bought the same frames as me, you will have to remove the insert, but that takes like 0.5 seconds, so no biggie. Just make sure you have all of what you need to have and that you’re working on an open + clean space so that nothing breaks (buy extra frames if you’re clumsy!) and so your paper doesn’t get dirty or crinkled.
cut your cardstock the full size of your frame
Take apart your picture frame so that that the “example paper,” as I call it, the glass, and the frame are all separated. Then, take your cardstock color #1 and trace and outline of the frame with your pen. It should be a (big) square. Go ahead and make this easy on yourself and do this for all of the colors. If you are doing 16 frames like me, complete this step 16 times, so that you have 16 pieces of cardstock with a square outline on them. There should be 4 of each color: light > medium > dark > darkest
materials needed for this step: picture frames | pen | ruler (if need be) | pen/pencil | scissors
cut, cut, cut
Now that all of your colored cardstock papers are marked (if you are using a size smaller than a 12×12 frame), you will now cut out the square as best as you can! And since I struggle with cutting straight lines, my mom helped me out. But, if you don’t have someone to lend a hand, using a ruler can be helpful, as well. Just be careful when cutting, as this paper serves as your matting and you want it to look neat and clean!
materials needed for this step: ruler (if need be) | scissors
combine the picture + the cardstock
Take your ruler, your 1st picture, and the cardstock color of your choice and make sure your photo is perfectly centered. Once you have it centered, take a pen/pencil and lightly make a little dot, so that you know where the image goes. Then, grab your handy-dandy adhesive glue dots and add one on each corner of your picture. Then, grab your picture, align everything, and press the picture to the paper. Please note that these glue dots are very sticky and really cannot be removed once pressed on, so make sure your images are precisely centered. Repeat step 8 until all of your pictures are centered and ‘taped’ down via adhesive glue dots (do not use glue or glue sticks ) down onto your cardstock papers.
materials needed for this step: ruler | scissors | adhesive glue dots | pen/pencil
add everything together
Once all of your pictures are securely attached to the cardstock, take your picture frame, turn it backward, insert the glass, add the cardstock, add the backing, and then secure the backing down with the fasteners on the back of the frame. Now, pat yourself on the back, because you just finished your first frame! Do this until all of the other images are securely in their frames.
add the tape on the back
Now it’s time to add your Jot’s Foam Mounting Tape to the backs of your picture frames. Add it on all sides and in the middle. If you used the same picture frames as me, then you will definitely want to make sure you add a lot of foam mounting tape because only adding little pieces on the four corners will not suffice. And yes, I speak from experience, so make sure the back looks like this —
center frames + hang
This is the last step! As you can see in the picture below, my dad helped me 😊
I hope you guys enjoyed this post! To this day, I still cannot get over how adorable my photo wall is. 😍 Ugh, too cute!
Comment below and let me know what you think and if you have any questions, let me know. Also, if you end up doing this DIY project, email me pictures! Love to you all!