Instagram Photo Cascade

With digital photography, displaying photos can be difficult.

In the old days, you couldn’t see your photos until they’d been developed and printed. You’d pick them up in a physical, tangible form, and they’d be ready to slip into a frame. But now we take so many photos so often — even just with our cell phones — that it seems like a chore to have them all printed.

Elsie just made a post about how she displays her instagram photos, and I was inspired to share mine with you. You may have noticed it in my living room tour post, but I wanted to show it again with greater emphasis in this light. Maybe I’ll inspire you to print out and display some of yours!

I’d highly suggest purchasing a photo printer or putting one on a wish list. My parents gave me one for my birthday 5 or 6 years ago and it’s still working perfectly! I find that I use it often to make presents for people, to update my photo albums, or to make displays like this one in my home. It’s a fantastic investment that you’ll not be sorry you made.

But, if purchasing one doesn’t sound like the right move for you, you could always order prints online like Elsie does. This is a faster and easier method if you have the money to invest and the patience to wait for your pretty pictures to arrive! Once you have them, find a great way to display your memories and don’t let them just sit somewhere on an old hard drive or disappear into the abyss of the digital world!

My display is super easy. It probably took me only ten minutes to hang — a little bit longer for the photos to print. I have a setting on my printer where I can size each photo two or four per page so they’re smaller and this is what I did for the polaroid look. After they were all printed, I taped them to baker’s twine, then taped the baker’s twine to the wall with masking tape. Masking tape is strong and doesn’t damage the paint underneath. I used four pieces { one in each corner } on the back of the top three photos, then I added one or two pieces to the backs of every second photo hanging in each string.

I’ve noticed that this display is one of the first things that my guests see when they enter, and it’s a fun way for me to show my favourite vintage images of my family along side recent memories that Ryan + I have made! If you decide to make a photo cascade like mine { or another similar display } I’d love to see what you come up with! Good luck + have fun preserving those memories!

See you tomorrow!


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