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Decorating with Memories - How to Create Beautiful Wall Art with Your Photos

by Debbie Caldwell 01/12/2020

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With so many pictures stored away on digital devices, we forget how enjoyable images of children, friends and memorable experiences in our living space can be.

Selecting several of your more meaningful photos for a photo showcase adds character to your home and demonstrates that you value family, connection and staying active. 

On top of that, those photos will get a lot more views than they would on Instagram. And they'll inspire you to create new memories. Check out these useful ways to create beautiful wall art with photos.

Build Your Own Frames

Yes, you can create your own frames. And it's easier than you might think. Doing it yourself opens up a world of possibilities. Choose any colors, mediums, shapes or designs.

  1. Select your materials. We could create a typical wooden frame here. But why not think outside the box? Use driftwood, pine cones, bark or re-purposed materials from old furniture or industrial machinery. Scavenge for ideas to settle on a theme that works well with your decor.
  2. Measure dimensions for the frame. Don't forget to leave some room for a mat.
  3. Cut your frame to size with wood saw, hacksaw or scissors, depending on the material. Don't forget to put on your eye protection.
  4. Paint before assembling. If you plan to paint the materials, do so before putting things together. It will be easier to get into all the crevices and off areas that you want a different color.
  5. Assemble your frame. Place the glass over the photo to protect it or leave it open. For safety, you'll probably want to head down to a crafts store to find the right size versus trying to make it yourself.

Utilize Canvas Like the Pros

A canvas gives any photo display a fun and unforgettable backdrop. The art becomes your free-form frame on which you can pin pictures, trinkets and other items. 

You don't have to be Monet to decorate a canvas. Instead, try these fun techniques. But before you start, lay out some plastic. This can get messy.

Stencils & Painter's Tape

Use painters tape to create straight lines across your canvas. Or consider creating other shapes by taping construction paper cut-outs, stencils, leaves or other items to board. Then paint over them and remove the items. 

Sponges & Color

Get a bunch of sponges and bowls of paint. Soak up the paints with the sponges. Then express yourself. Depending on the look you're going for, you can use neutral tones that go with your decor. Or create your canvas with pops of color that people notice from across the room.

After your canvas dries, add photos at various angles for a playful look. Or measure and evenly space the images, creating a more traditional appearance.

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About the Author
Author

Debbie Caldwell

When you first meet Debbie Harris-Caldwell, you are immediately drawn to her charming Welsh accent and the twinkle in her eye. The well-traveled transplant from Wales is quick to set you at ease and time spent with her promises to be time well spent.

Debbie has been a real estate agent for 40 years and takes great pride in her customer service skills. "I make myself available to my customers when they need me, whether it's on a Sunday Evening or after their long day at work. I make my schedule fit theirs. I also keep my customers updated on everything happening with their listings or purchase, I am their conduit for information." She has built a business following her key principles of clear communication, attention to detail, client advocacy, and comprehensive knowledge of the area. Debbie comes to every new transaction with positive energy, determination, a strong understanding of the currents driving the market, and the expertise that comes from a lifetime of experience. She knows the importance of marketing and whether a home is for sale for $200,000 or for $2 million, she always has professional photography done and creates a listing presentation that best shows off her customer's home.

Debbie joined Dale Sorensen Real Estate five years ago when the company was opening its Indialantic office. "I saw the marketing capabilities of this company and the caliber of the marketing materials and knew they were in a class by themselves. I'm able to take advantage of their exclusive relationships with Mayfair International and Leading RE of the World to best market my customer's listings. My customers love this. After all, we have a common goal in mind, to sell their home."

Debbie has been involved in two pet projects for many years. She is a Member of the Board of Directors for the Brevard Symphony Orchestra and serves on the committee to find a new home for the organization. She is also a member of the Coastal Poodle Rescue league.

She recently completed a trip to Paris and is planning her next trip to her native home of Wales. She is a doting grandmother of a two-year-old granddaughter. 

Although she sold over $5 million in real estate transactions in 2017, her proudest moment was when she received the DSRE award for her Community Service. "It's one of the reasons I love this company so much, they put a lot of value in giving back to the community."

When asked what makes a good day in her world of real estate, Debbie is quick to respond. "When I see my seller's smile at an offer or when I see that sparkle in a buyer's eyes when we've found the perfect home, that's a good day for me."

Debbie also finds great pride in the fact that nearly one-hundred percent of her business is by referral. "Honestly, I can't ask for better than that."