Art Activities Monday Fun Day: Photo Wall Decor

Photo Wall Decor

I found this project on Pinterest a few years back. Having pictures of your family in your home is so fun but can be quite expensive, especially if you try and keep the photographs up to date. I don’t know about you, but my kids grow like weeds. I love this approach because it is inexpensive and I can update the photos as often as I like.

I originally used Staples and had a great experience. On various websites they suggest you call ahead and make sure they offer this service. Some printers do not like printing pictures on engineering paper because it doesn’t hold up as long, but I have had great success with it and I typically want to replace the photos before they wear out. I called our local Quality Quick Prints behind Lee’s Marketplace and they said they are happy to offer this service, plus the gal I spoke with was so sweet and helpful. The great news is they quoted me less than it cost me at Staples last time.

Since they are so inexpensive, you could add holiday specific pictures in your home to create a more personal touch to your decorating. You could showcase your kids trick or treating, Thanksgiving activities or pictures in last year’s Christmas jammies.



Picture printed on

engineering paper

Foam boards

Scotch tape

Printing instructions

1. Go to

2. Click on Banner Upload Form

3. One-side black and white

4. I entered in the size I wanted – 18×24.

5. Black and white only 20 lb bond.

6. Put in the comments at the bottom that you want your picture printed on engineering paper, black and white, and size (18×24).

Sizes and Prices

18×24 – $1.73 plus tax

24×36 – $2.50 plus tax

36×48 – $5 plus tax

Buying the foam board

I recommend taking your picture with you after you have it printed to Walmart or Target and holding it up to the foam boards so you can buy the right size. You will want the print to overlap on all four sides so the picture goes all the way to the edge. You will fold the print around the foam board and tape to the back. If you do the largest size, you will need to tape two foam boards together to reach that size.

Making your photo

Place it on a table or clean surface face down. Put the foam board on the inside and gently fold the corners over the board tightly. I used regular clear scotch tape to hold them down. Turn around and voila, you’re done. We hung ours up in our house using tiny nails and hammered them into the wall, or rested them on shelves. They look great!

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