We recently moved into a new rental — just the two of us — so I was very excited to bring some personal decorative touches to the place.
We are on a very tight budget, but I wanted to bring in Chase’s photography somehow. If you haven’t seen his photos, you should. They’re beautiful. It’s so great to finally see them printed!
I wanted a more natural and reasonable alternative to the standard frame. I love the color, look, and even the smell of cork, and I found these packs of perfect squares at Target. They come with mounting squares, so the sky’s the limit in terms of what you can do with them.
I played around with the idea of using various thumb tacks, ribbons, etc. to hold photos in. However, I wanted the photos to speak for themselves, and I didn’t want to damage them by piercing them with a tack.
So, I very fittingly decided on using fishing line and leaving the boards and photos as they came. Here’s how I did it:
- square cork boards (you can find them at Target for a very reasonable price)
- several high resolution photographs in varying sizes
- mid-weight fishing line
- double stick tape
- hammer and nails
- Print the photos — this is one situation when I do not recommend shopping local. Use an online service. My printing tab was way too expensive. Keep in mind the aesthetic you want. Do you want all black and whites? All 8x10s? (Those fit perfectly on the squares.) Or maybe a bunch of square Instagram-esque shots?
- Lay out the cork squares on the ground or on a table, and arrange the photos as you think you may like them. I recommend focusing on grids or lines of boards that complement each other.
- Wrap the cork squares with fishing line — the smaller the photos you’ll be putting on, the more you’ll need to weave the line around.
- For 8×10 photos for example, tightly wrap the fishing line around each corner. Start by laying the line on the top of one corner. Loop the line underneath the two corners below, and then tie the line in a triple not along the last corner. For the smaller photos, I started with the 8×10 wrap, and then did an additional one like you would a gift.
- Hang them! We were lazy and eyeballed it, which I wouldn’t necessarily recommend, especially if you’re aiming for a grid shape. We were able to use two very small nails to keep them in place — they’re very light weight. Use the double-sided tape as needed, although I haven’t had to yet.