5 Ways to Display Family Photos


We've got family photos on display all over our house, but not necessarily in a traditional format. Here are five ways we like to share our favorite photos that you can use for your family!


I've used vintage metal trays by nailing or adhering them to the wall with 3M strips. It creates a magnetic surface while providing an interesting background. Just add magnetic clips to your photos and treat it like an inspiration board. In this case I used the roof of my aluminum doll house that broke. I just pressed it flat and nailed it to the wall using the pre-drilled slats on each corner. I love it's color and design and that it's one of a kind!


Another option involving magnets is to turn your instant film into fridge magnets! Magnetic paper can be purchased at most craft stores and comes with a sticky backing that allows you to cover your entire photo with magnetism. They're sturdy enough to hold up your grocery list, too!


Creating a clipboard gallery allows you to change out photos of your family and friends whenever you like. It can do double duty as an inspiration wall for yourself or your kids!


This not only adds a hint of a frame but allows you to write messages on it. Leave love notes or interesting details about the picture.


We made our own photo puzzle after seeing it in my friend, Jennifer Casa's book, Crafting with Kids. She used the same concept of magnetizing your photos but put a spin on it by blowing up a large 8" x 10", cutting it into even tiles, and turning it into a fun puzzle for kids! Do this with a vacation photo, cut it into smaller pieces, and challenge your friends to put it together in less than ten seconds.

How do you display your family photos? xo. Rachel

  • I always love your ideas. So creative. You really make simple things extra special. I love it!

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  • I loved your clipboards so much, that I ended up doing five for my bedroom. It is really a great way to display pictures. Specially because you can change them very easily once they bore you.

    Here you can see my clipboards; http://www.glueckssplitter.ch/?p=1165

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  • These are great ideas. Thanks for sharing! Wondering if you have advice on where I should upload my photos?


  • utterly utterly awesome! now i know what to do with these family fotos. thanks to you : )

  • Such a great ideas! I’ll definitely try one!


  • so many great ideas!! until now I only framed them and hang them on our walls. might try some of these ideas soon!

  • Gosh, I love and adore these ideas! I have a huge stack of photos I’ve been wanting to do something with and this has given me some great ideas! Thanks Elsie!x

  • What great ideas and what a perfect time for me as I have recently moved into a new apartment. Definitely want to incorporate a couple of these ideas. Thanks!

  • The clipboard idea is great!

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  • I’m definitely trying the clip board method, and you could mix it up with other art pieces as well!

  • The clipboard idea is fun! I never would of thought of doing that! Thanks for the idea 🙂

    I’m starting to decorate my home… I’ll try it with my photos!
    You are such an inspiration!

  • I’m in love with the clip board gallery. It’s such a fun way to show off your pictures!

  • these are such cute ideas! we have lots of ours hung with string and clothespins. 🙂

  • I love these ideas. I may want to repost them on my blog. I hope that is o.k. Let me know, jdeclan@yahoo.com, of course I’ll link back to yours. Your blog is so much fun!

  • This is sucha cute and great DIY post! Love how you inspire us all the time with new and fun and creative projects!




  • These are such great ideas. Love the chalkboard clip board! Love. Love. Love. Thanks!

  • I’m awful at displaying my photos! Love taking them but I always forget to print them. These ideas are too great to pass up and we need something on our walls.

  • Such inspirational ways to display photos – in my old bedroom I had photos pegged to string to make a washing line effect took me ages and now we don’t live there anymore 🙁 I like the blackboard idea 🙂

  • Ah thanks so much for this inspiration! I am planning on decorating the house this coming weekend and wanted to use pretty pictures that I made myself. The only that was missing was a fun way to display the pictures… But voila, now I have plenty of inspiration! 🙂

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  • I love the magnet puzzle idea! That’s amazing!


  • great ways to show family photos. my favourite is the clipboard style! 🙂




  • The last three options are so amazing. I never would have thought to use clip boards! Thanks for the tips.

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  • I love the clipboard idea! Great for a kitchen or office.

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  • love the clip board idea …with chalkboard paint even better!!! diy gift perfection!

  • Love these ideas, I’m such a fan of displaying family photos!!




  • Hey Elsie,
    You are so creative…. a role model.
    I live so far away from USA( in Bulgaria,Europe, actually) and u still inspire me with your awesome ideas.Thank you
    Greetings from Bulgaria,xoxo stefi

  • Inspiring! I like the clipboard gallery the most – I think it would fit nice in our apartment, too. 🙂

    Now we have family photos in many frames all over our apartment and on homemade magnetic board. In My Little Boy’s room we have photos (and his works) on the funny string (I already wrote about it on my site).

  • Very fun 🙂 We made invites for our engagement party using a photo and a magnet, very memorable, and a few friends still have it on their fridge 🙂

  • Love the chalkboard idea! I am obsessed with chalkboard though!

  • I’m always looking for new ways to share my photos! the clip board idea is beyond amazing! I’ve also been trying to find new ways to put my pictures on my fridge and I love the magnetic tape option. thanks for sharing!!


  • oo.. so cute.. love the idea.. 🙂

  • Painting a clip board with chalkboard paint is brilliant. Thanks for the idea!!

  • Oh I love your magnetic board! These are great ideas for inexpensive ways to hang photos

  • These are such great ideas! I particularly like th clipboards.


  • Awesome! Right now our family photos are displayed above our couch in simple 10 x 10 frames matted with white fabric.

    You can see it here: http://blog.ordinarymommydesign.com/2011/10/picture-wall.html

    I love the idea of making a magnetic picture puzzle!

  • What cute ideas! I also love the wire hanging photo idea I have seen as well. Similar to your welcome sign post from a few weeks ago

  • I love the puzzle! such a cute idea for kids


  • What great ideas! I love having family photos all over the house, especially of those living far away. I really like that clipboard gallery, especially. Hmmmm.

  • I love the metal try idea, that’s great! I’ll have to try it for sure…

  • I have already started with three clipboards & it looks amazing* I love the idea that I can easily change out photographs* Being a photographer I have many many to choose from* My next task will be magnets*~ Thank you xoxo

  • I love this idea. I am always looking for new ways to display pictures. Thanks so much! xo, rv


  • I love the idea of a clipboard! I will definitely have to try it! <3 Though, right now I am a notorious fridge magnet photo putter-upperer!

  • seriously! these are the best ideas! I’m moving into a new apt and have a giant wall and the clipboard idea is perfectttt!!

  • I used to make them traditionally but seeing these really make me want to do the same..thanks for the inspiration!

  • Thanks for the inspiration, Rachel! I’ve got years and years of photos I need to display… I should get on that! I’ll have to keep an eye out at estate sales for metal trays!

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