Photographs and postcards say so much about who we are; what interests us, where we've been in life and what we're like as people. And for this reason, so many of us like having photo's and postcards on show around our homes, but sometimes photo frames just don't seem appropriate, and sticking them straight onto the wall is just so messy!
Things You Will Need1. A selection of your favourite photographs or postcards 2. The biggest sheet of cardboard you can find - most Arts and Crafts Stores supply these. 3. Blue Tack 4. Wall Hanging; nail, pin etc 5. String 6. Pencil
Step 1Grab a sheet of cardboard - the bigger the better. And a selection of your favourite photographs or postcards, and pick out the ones that you like the most. Also make sure that you have a good supply of blue tack...there is nothing worse than running out, slap bang in the middle of your creative flow!
Step 2Lay the cardboard of the floor, or on a really large table, if you have one and start placing your photographs or postcards on it. To fit in as many as possible, it is important to try and make sure there are few gaps between pictures, although gaps are inevitable. At this point it is not necessary to actually stick anything down properly, although you might find it helps as it stops a slight gust of wind wiping everything across the floor. It helps to have a little strategy when piecing the collage together. Perhaps start from a corner or from the middle and work around that first piece. The best thing about using blue tack is the fact that if something doesn't fit, or you just don't like how your collage is looking, you just pull them off and try again. Simple.
Step 3Once you are happy with your collage, stick everything down properly with blue tack. A piece in each of the four corners should be enough to hold the photograph down firmly.
Step 4Admire your work...(oooh aaah) and ponder how brilliant you are! There is nothing like a bit of good old-fashioned self-gratification!
Step 5Using a pencil, pierce a hole in each of the two top corners of the cardboard. You could also use a hole punch for this.
Step 6Decide where exactly you want to place the collage, and mark the spot with a pencil.
Step 7Hammer / drill etc the nail/pin into the wall.
Step 8Cut a length of string, and attach it to the holes at both ends of the board.
Step 9Hang your board, and yet again marvel at how brilliant you are!
You don't have to use photographs or postcards for this. Posters, certificates, a collection of cinema / gig tickets etc (the list is endless) work perfectly as well. The key is to just let your creativity flow, and have fun! Good luck!