Simple & Stylish Circle Frames

Circle frames hung from belts! Lately my life has felt like it’s in fast forward mode. Basically I had two super exciting events happen back to back. I got to see the Netherlands and Iceland with my husband, Elsie and Jeremy. And then as soon as we got home, we got ready to move into our new house just days later. I’ve felt a little bit like I’m just barely treading water ever since, but I can’t complain because, well, that would be pretty shortsighted now wouldn’t it? 🙂

I absolutely LOVED seeing and photographing Iceland! I hope I’ll be lucky enough to return someday. But in the meantime, I did want to take time out of my unpacking, organizing, and cleaning schedule to print some of those memories.

Belt loop photo frames (via abeautifulmess.com)
Belt loop photo frames via abeautifulmess.com) The first thing I did was print all the “good” photos from our trip (I had plenty of time to edit on the plane rides home). This is super easy to do if you have a quality home photo printer. I’ll get to that in a second. (Although any long time readers probably already know what printer I’m going to recommend.) After printing, I tucked the photos into this year’s photo album, which is quite full already. I consider this my first priority when it comes to saving our memories because I plan to keep these yearly albums forever. My grandmother does something similar, and she literally has shelves and shelves of photo albums lining her living room filled with her kids growing up, then her grandchildren growing up, and now a few great grandchildren too. I aspire to be as diligent about archiving photos from my loved one’s lives.

My favorite printerSo that’s priority one. But, as you can clearly see from the images in this post, I didn’t stop there. See, I also am a big believer that photos don’t belong ONLY in albums on a shelf. I LOVE having my memories hung up on walls or scattered throughout our house as little daily reminders of all the good things I have experienced thus far. In fact, seeing my photos displayed somehow is one thing that really makes a house feel like home to me. So, I took some time (very little actually because this project is SUPER simple) away from unpacking and cleaning to print some larger sized photos from our Iceland trip to hang in our front entryway. As soon as you walk in our front door, you see this display.

This was a perfect project to work on with our long time supporters at Canon USA. I used my Canon PIXMA MG7720 printer to print the photos I added to my albums as well as these photos for this project. I really LOVED the quality of these printed images because they are colorful, but in a subtle way. Lots of photos I print have bright pops of color because that’s one thing I’m naturally drawn to in photography, but Iceland had so many naturally occurring weird/amazing/pretty colors, and I’m so glad that really shows through in the quality of these prints.

At the blue lagoon Geyser2 Emma and trey Here are the images I chose to print for this project. I tried to pick three images that all had shades of blue to give the display some continuity. I also sort of love how you can totally tell how red our noses are in the above photo—it was COLD! Fun memory!

How to make the framesI feel like this is one of those projects that really doesn’t need a ton of explanation as you can pretty much get the picture (ha—pun!) from just looking at the project. Basically I bought three circle frames and painted them gray. They were actually mirrors that I popped the glass out of. They were a good price, so I just went with it. I added my photos. Then I glued belts around the edges and that’s what the frames hang from once displayed. Pretty simple, right? I had seen an IKEA hack similar to this. They used a clock instead of picture frames, but that was the inspiration for this.

Diy circle framesThese are actually the first photos or artwork that we hung up in the house—so that’s kind of fun, right? Thanks for letting me share! xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.