As soon as I found out our new place was going to have a guest bedroom, I immediately started thinking about how I wanted to decorate it. I knew I wanted it filled with happy memories and pictures with people who would be visiting. So of course the first thing that pops into my head is instagram.
I put my guest bedroom ideas on hold for a little while to try and unpack boxes. (I guess unpacking pots and pans so I can cook is more important than decorating lol) Then I came across this quote on Jordan’s blog and was immediately obsessed. I loved that idea: I have left my heart in so many places. Isn’t that such a prettier way to think about moving and leaving people and places you love? I immediately started thinking of all the places and people that I had left a piece of my heart with and knew that this quote needed to be in my guest bedroom! Since we are renting, I didn’t want to put too many holes in the walls so when I saw this project, I knew it was the perfect way to get a lot of pictures up with minimal holes. I really love how it turned out.
Step One: Print Square Pictures
I was completely impatient and couldn’t wait for instaprints or something similar to print my pictures. Plus I would hate to pay for shipping for such a minimal cost. I decided to do a little extra work and just print them at Wal-Mart. Much cheaper, ready in an hour, and turned out great.
I went to PicMonkey and uploaded a regular 4×6 picture. (It doesn’t matter what the picture is)
Then I went to overlays (5th button down) and added my own overlay. This is when I chose the square picture that I wanted to print. I put that straight up against one side of the picture like this:
I saved it to my computer and printed the pictures as 4x6s. When I got the pictures, I just cut the extra side off and had perfect 4×4 square pictures….in one hour for only $.09 a piece. I printed 20 pictures.
Step Two: Print Quote Print
I loved the original “I have left my heart in so many places” print but the pinks/oranges did not match the room. I figured it would be easier to just make a new print that would match. I used this site to create the watercolor map. I printed this as a 12×18 at Wal-Mart and bought a 12×18 frame at Michael’s.
Step Three: Assemble Wall
I started by hanging my print in the middle of the wall. I made sure to leave enough room below for the pictures to hang. I cut my hemp and tied each end to a push pin, making sure that both lines of hemp were even. I clipped ten pictures, evenly spaced, to each hemp. I pinned the bottom and tops rows of pictures about three inches away from the frame, with the frame centered.
The best part is when I inevitably find new pictures that I want to add, I can just print them and swap out older pictures!