Saturday, June 18, 2011

DIY Project: Photo Frame Collage

Okay, so I've seen the photo frame collage on walls as a decorating project, and I've always wanted to try something like that.  But until today, I was not known for being the girl to pick up a hammer!

After visiting JS's house in Connecticut, I was inspired to try to add to the "bare" spots in my house, spaces I've been staring at for ages but never changed.  The large wall space above my bed had been bugging me for years, but I couldn't figure out what to do.

Finally, I decided to give it a shot.  But I'm always one for design on a dime, so I hit up my local Big Lots and Walmart to score cheap frames.  I paid anywhere from $3 to $6 for each frame, making it a pretty cheap project for my house!  I thought about painting the frames to match, but instead just chose frames that all had metallic elements to tie them together.  (The cell phone photo doesn't do them justice.)

But instead of photos, which are scattered throughout my house in abundance, I wanted something that was more personal and would inspire me every day.  My favorite book is Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice, so I decided that there was no better theme for my bedroom than quotes from P&P.

I took eight quotes from the book, including some of the most famous and some of my personal favorites, and simply printed them out on normal white paper.  I used a Courier font and changed up the sizes/italicized some words, just to give each page a full feeling.

I don't know if my little 'art installation' will be permanent for me, but I know I love all the frames and could repurpose them when I move, should I choose to.  I love looking at the quotes, which make me want to watch my BBC miniseries again!  I'm very happy with this little project, and it definitely makes the big empty wall in my room look more put together.

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