hand drawn picture frames…

Hand drawn picture frames has been made possible by Shutterfly and Looksi Square.

My home is full of pictures of my children, my husband and myself, but not too many of our extended family and loved ones. I’d been looking for a while for a good way to bring some more photographs into our home. When Shutterfly and Looksi Square offered me some free prints and the challenge to come up with something interesting, I got to work.  

There is one wall in my home that was undone. It is the new wall in our guest room which was put up when we created a bedroom, closet and hallway out of our family room. The wall was primed but not painted and I hadn’t gotten around to figuring out what it needed yet. That is when 60 photographs came in handy. I decided to “wallpaper” a small section of the wall with photographs and then draw frames around them with a Sharpie. 

Here is my inspiration…

via design aglow

I loved the mix of photographs in various shapes and sizes. The simplicity of the black frames against the colored photos has such a clean look. Organized chaos. Since the wall had not been painted it was a fun solution to a bare wall. Even though Sharpie markers are permanent, a quick coat of paint would be all I need for a new wall. The photos would be stuck on with removable glue mounts. If I wanted to update my wall I could just change any photograph with one of the same size

Starting with a blank wall…

some photographs…

and some direction I got to work.

I began by placing my pictures straight on the wall, making sure they were evenly spaced out.

Since I was using removable glue mounts I was able to reposition the photographs until I was happy with the arrangement. They are a mix of older family photographs, such as grand parents and great grandparents, and newer ones of aunts, uncles, cousins, and family friends. 
Once the photos were on and I was happy with the arrangement I started working on the frames. I began drawing them in pencil first and then tracing over the pencil with the Sharpie marker. As I got more comfortable I skipped the pencil step altogether. I love the hand drawn and imperfect look.

Having this wall of photographs in the guest room means our friends and family get to see pictures of themselves when they stay for a visit. The old family photographs are casually displayed with the more recent ones for a whole wall worth of history and memories.

Looksi and Shutterfly have invited me to participate in a creative brand collaboration.  
I have been provided with product compensation for this post, but all opinions are my own.


  1. says

    This is what I’m doing! I’ve been looking for a good idea on how to display over 300 photos for my husbands surprise bday party/ reunion! I’m doing it on this gorgeous roll of burlap so that I could bring it with me to the restaurant and then back home. He and the family will really get to enjoy the pictures this way! And they will look so cute with the hand drawn frames! I can’t wait to get started!

  2. says

    What a great idea! I LOVE it! I am a terrible drawer- but I am sure I could manage these with the inspiration you’ve provided. Thanks for such a great idea!

    Tracie- the bunch

  3. peggy gooch says

    Love this idea. I am a picture lover and have one door covered with kids and grandkids, friends, but mine is plain. Like your idea of framing them. Superb idea. Thanks for sharing.

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