As I sat there looking at all the images I needed to print, frame and hang I began to wonder how to hang these in unique ways.
I did a little research and wanted to share with you 10 unique, if not stunning, ways to hang your family photography on your walls. Maybe you, like myself, have images to hang and you look for blank wall space and try hard to at least get them up straight let alone artistically. I found that with a little effort and really little cost you can present your family photographs in unique and fun ways to take them from plain to pizazz. Here are the 10 I found that are fun, quirky and downright awesome!
Let’s jump in and see if any of these inspire you.
#1 A wooden ladder. Find a used and worn ladder. You can see that the frames and images in this one range from small to large but I thought this was a nice way to show off the images without having to actually put holes in the wall. (I use command hooks!! ). I’ve seen this before and I find it inspirational. Tap the image to find this and more ideas.
#2. Using old door knobs as picture hooks. Who knew?? I sure didn’t. this is such a clever idea!! Find matching cabinet knobs and clean them up a bit. You will have to put mount them in the wall using a molly or fastener. Tap the image to find this and more ideas.
#3 If you have or can find an old window you can make this cool framed image. Image. Takes a bit of pre-planning. You need to measure the inside frame dimensions and make sure your printer can crop it to that size for you. Square is always easy to size. Clean it up and put cardboard as a backing. BAAAM!
#4.This one is so darn cute and simple to make. It allows for a lot of flexibility as your mood changes and does not require you to have them mounted and framed – Bonus!! Grab some letters from your local craft store, some natural fiber string or lightweight rope and 2 clothes pins per images. How darn cool is this one? One of my favs and I will be trying this one out soon. This is on my 2021 bucket list to hang some of my images. Tap the image to find this and more ideas.
#5 Gotta love this one! So simple yet who couldn’t be drawn in to actually look at your pictures after seeing this one?? Find some random frames, print the images to fit frame them and tie them to a towel bar. So clever! (I think I might be using this word a lot in this blog. :))Tap the image to find this and more ideas.
#6 If you are a fan of genealogy and photography this is a very cool idea I found. Image using this theme to make this your family tree. What a cool idea and really gets my creative juices flowing! If you try this drop me a message with your image as I would love to see how you did it. I know I would have to have a professional artist do the tree as I am artistically challenged (Except using a camera – or so I am told!). Tap the image to find this and more ideas.
#7 Ok, a few holes in the wall (unless you do what I do and use Command Strips from 3M) with this one but who can complain about that when you can get all the flexibility you need? You clip the images to the clipboards and then change them out when you feel like it. Now this is MY kind of simple! The only thing I question is will the images curl a bit if you use clipboards? I found the clipboards at my local store that sells things for 100 cents at 3 for $1. So that would be $3 for this entire set up. Hanging them straight and in line isn’t as tough as you think. (I will do it for my clients for free!) Tap the image to find this and more ideas.
#8 Ok, this one is super easy and combines a few of the ideas together. Grab two boards and as many drawer pulls as you want to make the “rows”. You, again have a lot of flexibility with this one and you can use binder clips or clothespins as were used here. You can make the vertical boards as long as you want to fit in as many images as you can. I would suggest cutting out paper the size you want to print them and do a dry run on your layout before you hang it on the wall. Trust me on this one! Tap the image to find this and more ideas.
#9. I love the vibe on this idea. Simple, again allows for a good deal of flexibility and is easy and relatively cheap to assemble. Find a frame any size you like along with natural twine, some clothespins and you are off and running. This will or does limit the size of the pictures but you could find a larger frame for larger prints. This one is another 2021 bucket list idea. Tap the image to find this and more ideas.
#10 I had to go old school on you with this last idea. It is a bit formal but I know from those I’ve hung in people’s homes that a good many of you go formal. This is how I delivered the prints for my client. Tap the image to find this and more ideas.
So those are 10 unique ways to hang your photographs that are bound to draw attention, allow for you to change out the images as your family grows, or capture your memories as they happen. I would suspect these will bring a smile to your face each time you walk by and see your loved ones displayed in unique and stunning ways.
Finally, I thought I would share a few tips and tricks to make sure that no matter which of these you try out, you won’t get too frustrated when trying to hang them on the wall. Regardless, if your style is formal and symmetrical or quirky and asymmetrical here are some tips to reduce stress when it comes to hanging your family photography.
Lay them out on the floor in the layout you are considering and measure the entire layout from the farthest left side to the farthest right-side, top most point to the bottom most point to make sure it will fit your wall with plenty of clearance all around.
This tip is by far the best one. Cut pieces of paper (using a newspaper is fine) the same size as the images (and frame if you are hanging frames). Then tape them to the wall in the same arrangement as the images are on the floor. Make sure you use blue painters tape to minimize the chance that removing the tape will also take the paint off the wall.
Don’t be afraid to try out different layouts using these two tips until you find the one that resonates with you. Keep your decor style in mind. Experiment and have fun!
You’ve got this!
Arthur Ellis, is owner and photographer at Arthur Ellis Photography, in Charleston, SC. He specializes in Family & Children, Portraits / Headshots, and Boudoir photography. He can be reached through his website: ArthurEllisPhotography.com