huge DIY photo wall bulletin board {instagram wall}


Any other members of the “I have so many blank walls in my home I can’t even begin to think how to decorate any of them” support group out there? Show of hands? I think it’s easy to assume from blogs that every person in the world has a beautifully decorated home, full of gallery photo walls and DIY designer knockoffs and thrify finds spray painted white or metallic to perfectly accent the vintage flea market finds that adorn the mantel. I wish… My home is a little bit decorated, here and there, but there are lots of blank walls…and the things that are actually hung up on walls are often sadly out of date. Case in point, I still have my Easter print up over my piano. How long ago was Easter? Anyway, all this is to say that when I think about decorating, I want something simple, inexpensive, and with a big impact (‘cuz then maybe I only have to put one thing up to make the whole room look cool). That’s where this huge photo wall bulletin board comes in.

Make your own DIY bulletin board photo wall for under $20 with this easy to follow tutorial. Cool!

 

This bulletin board is 7 feet wide and 3 feet tall, and fills the space nicely above the couch in my front room. It’s made from soundboard, an inexpensive building supply you can find at Home Depot or Lowes for about $12. It comes in 4’x8′ sheets, so you could make a bulletin board that’s even larger than mine, or two 4’x4′ boards, or any other combination you can think of.

 

I covered my piece of soundboard with a white thrifted sheet. My sheet was nice and thick so it looks very white – if you are using a thinner white sheet you may want to buy a queen size so you can double it before you wrap the board to make sure the brown color of the board doesn’t show through.

The photos I used are all 4×4 archival prints from Persnickety Prints (check the giveaway post to see why I chose Persnickety Prints for this project–they’re very cool!). Alternately, you could order 4×6 prints from Costco and trim each one down to 4×4. I used a square size because it made my collage look very tidy. And all these photos got insta-fied using the Photoshop actions I talked about here. I know some people are iffy on the Instagram look, but I thought the super saturated colors and retro feel made for a fun collage.

Here’s how to make your own huge DIY photo wall bulletin board:

Because the photos are just pinned on instead of inside a frame, I can swap out any photos at any time, meaning I can gradually upate this collage with 10 new photos every few months without having to take anything down from the wall.

Some of you may recognize this projct from my DIY bulletin board post from last year – same idea, just better execution this time around 🙂 That post will give you an idea of how it looks using b&w photos, however.

Thanks for visiting – now go enter the Persnickety Prints giveaway!

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    andrea says

    I love this project! so easy to change out the pics! I pinned it so I don’t forget to do this. thanks for the chance to enter, your blog is adorable and I can’t wait to see more from you!

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    Camille says

    I am almost finished making one of my own… thanks for the tutorial! I have a question though. With the straight pins- did you just leave them sticking out? They’re obviously too long to go flat since the board is so thin. Are the pins distracting when you look at the pictures? Thanks again!

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    [email protected] says

    Hello, I absolutely love what you have created here, it is one of the best Instagram photo displays I have seen! This is such a great idea and I really hope it inspires others to do something with their favorite Instagram photos! Ill be sure to blog about this!! Once again very cool!

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    Shanelle says

    This looks like a great project! Where did you get the soundboard and was that the actual name of the material? I have had a hard time finding the board.

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    stephanie says

    is there any way to do this without pinning the pictures? i want to be able to change the photos but i dont want the pin holes in them, most photos i have i only have one copy as they are old photos and i dont want to damage them

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      autumn says

      One option would be to use push pins or thumb tacks and place one right above and one right below each photo – that way you can kind of “sandwich” the photos in without poking the pin actually through the picture. Let me know if you give it a try!

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    Prakash says

    Love this idea. I have the board ready waiting for my 4×4 prints to come to assemble. Will post pic once I am done.

    We have tons of photos of our first newborn. Wanted to display all of them.

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