Hello Interneters! Well! The Holiday season is once again approaching, which means the time for taking epic holiday card photos is also approaching. Every year my husband, our dogs and I take some sort of funny/ unique holiday photo and send it out in card form to our nearest and dearest (plus a few others, like Ellen and The President). With so many years behind us, the pressure for amazing photos has grown and grown…
In any case! Who knows what I will come up with this year (I am certainly running out of ideas), but I can help YOU come up with your card by sharing a DIY for a Holiday Themed Photo Wall! I used this wall for our holiday card and then used it again at a holiday party as a photo booth. Both were fun and the results were great. Our card is below.
Here’s what you need to make the Holiday Photo Wall:
- MDF or Particleboard sheet 6′ x 4′ or larger (we got ours at Home Depot and had it cut into 2 sheets 3′ x 4′ at the store so we could fit it in our vehicle)
- 4′ of moulding to act as a chair rail (we used crown moulding)
- 21′ of moulding to act as frames (we used casing moulding)
- 4 8′ lengths of 1 x 2 lumber, as straight as you can find, to make the brace
- Spray paint to color frames and moulding (we used Antique Brass)
- Paint for bottom half of wall (spray or roll; we used leftovers I had from another project)
- Wrapping paper to act as wallpaper
- Spray adhesive or duct to adhere wallpaper to mdf/ particle board
- Short screws (to screw in frame to mdf/ particle board)
- Optional: I used some PowerGrab and a caulk gun to assist with adhering frames
- Holiday decor, like a strand of lights, stockings, gifts
- Your best smile!
LET’S MAKE IT!
To make it easier, let’s start with the plan:
STEP 1. Use miter saw or miter box to cut the moulding for the picture frame holes. Cut 6 pieces with a 18″ inside length and 45 degree outside angles, then cut 6 pieces with a 14″ inside length and 45 degree outside angles.
1 (b). This is a picture of Matt laying out the wall. He’s an engineer and has to triple check everything before executing. You can skip this step if you are not an engineer and trust your measurements.
2. Cut the frame holes out of the mdf boards using jigsaw or rotozip (with a start hole drilled into the mdf). See plans above for placement.
3. Adhere wrapping paper to top half of wall with spray adhesive and/ or tape
4. Paint the bottom half of the wall your desired color
5. Spray paint all the moulding pieces (including chair rail moulding) your desired color
6. Miter 1 x 2 pieces to create a back brace to attach mdf board to. Screw boards into brace using short screws and a drill.
7. Fasten frame pieces and chair rail piece with Powergrab or screws
8. Use remaining 1 x 2 pieces to make a stand to keep the wall upright (see plans above)
9. Decorate with holiday decor
10. We draped a white sheet behind our wall prior to taking pictures, then we lit it appropriately and let the fun commence!
11. I must say, not every picture turned out amazing of everyone. I used my Photoshop skillz to paste together good shots of everyone until I was happy with the results!
ENJOY AND HAPPY MAKING MAKERS!