For a couple of years now, I’ve had a particular project in mind. A photo project. Actually, a photo display project.
It all started with this movable painting wall from memoryradio. I loved the idea of having a stack of paintings (or photos, in my case) and letting friends rearrange them at will. I also liked the ability to have a ton of photos available, but not necessarily hanging. I have so many photos I love, but I can’t hang them all. This seemed the perfect solution. Only hang a few, but cycle through them by making them easily interchangeable.
The first problem was, of course, that I wanted different sizes. I had intended on mounting the photos on wood, but I knew I wanted different sizes. The different sizes immediately limits the arrangement of photos. You can’t change out a 5×7 with a 5×5! I considered doing framed and matted pictures on a dedicated picture wall, but the size differences were still an issue. I hunted through pinterest multiple times, pinning things I liked and didn’t like. Some displays were simply not big enough. I hated a lot of them. I love the idea of using photo shelves – it made photos easily movable (and stackable!) and you could use all different sizes. This is still likely how I will do a photo display once we move back to the US and settle down. But it wasn’t something I could do in temporary housing in Finland.
Then one day I saw this mirror and light garland, and thought, why not do that with photos? I went and bought a cheap white curtain rod. We just happened to have two nails in our walls to hang the rod from, so we didn’t need to put more holes in the wall. I would have liked to use ribbon, and will likely change to that in the future, but for now I’m just using some white string, five pieces hanging down at regular intervals. Tiny little decorative clothespins hold the photos on the line. I printed off a ton of photos, and started hanging at random.
And I love the end result!
So, next time you’re over at my place, dig into our extra photos and feel free to rearrange or replace any you want based on what inspires you. I want to see what photos you think should be hung! 🙂