How to make an inexpensive photo collage


This is a great inexpensive way to hang a multitude of pictures without breaking the bank.  I told you we have had years of taking many photos and then they just end up sitting on a bunch of discs–what good is that going to do??  So I decided to get some printed off.  Walmart had a great deal $.09 a photo and free shipping to home, at that time.  I chose all the pictures I wanted and got some black and white and some colors printed off on matte paper.


I then headed to the dollar store and bought some foam core board—One board will hold 54 pictures.  I originally bought some foam core at Hobby Lobby they were $6 a board.  Then I realized that the Dollar Store had them for $1.  After using these from the Dollar Store, they seem to be sturdier.  The only difference is that the Dollar Store ones have a white edge where you can see the foam.  I thought of using permanent black marker to color it in, but I will wait and see if I really even notice it on the walls.

Grab some Modge Podge–the larger bottle (16oz) about $8 and a foam brush.

.  One big bottle did  5 foam core boards full of pictures.

Pick up some double sided tape as well, which will help in placing your pictures, I ran out halfway through the project and ended up using glue stick to hold the photos on and that worked just as fine.




First thing I did was make a cardstock template of a 3×3 inch square.  I used that and cut out over 500 photos for my home. Did I tell you that I haven’t done anything with our family pictures for the last 8 years???

If you have some sort of photo cutter that would be easier to cut, then by all means do that.  Your photos need to be a 3×3 inch square.


Once you have them cut out, now it is time to place them on your foam core.  You can use the double sided sticky tape or use a glue stick, if you work quickly.  I set out my whole first row and got 9 across.  I made sure that they were somewhat evenly spaced.  Then I went down and did a row of 6, making sure they were evenly spaced.  Once I had those two done then it was time to fill in the gaps.


Next you take your Modge Podge and brush on a thin layer covering completely all of your photos.  I know what you are thinking—“Its going to ruin my photos!”  Trust me it won’t.DSCN2679

Try and brush your strokes in the same direction.  When it is dry you will be able to see the brush strokes, it looks more uniform if they are all going in the same direction.

You can let it dry,  takes about 1/2 hour to 1 hour to dry.  Then do another layer over top of it.

When it is completely dry, you are ready to hang.  I used velcro pieces to hang on my walls.  It is my favorite new way to hang things.  It doesn’t leave a mark on the wall wen you remove them.


Yes lots of pictures, but what good are those pictures going to do sitting on a disc??? .008003

It would probably be neat to mix up some of the photos and do mostly black and white with a few color ones in it.  I personally think the black and white look more uniform, but I really do like the look of the colors as well.  Won’t have to make any more until next years photo discs are full.  Probably going to need some more wall space as well:)









17 responses to “How to make an inexpensive photo collage

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  3. This is an absolutely amazing idea! We have years with of photos sitting on the computer or backed up onto DVDs, and haven’t actually printed anything out for most of those years.

    I’m so bad at updating albums, and just got overwhelmed with all the pictures. But this is totally doable! I picked up the foam boards and Modge Podge today, and am working on sorting photos electronically. Can’t wait for them to ship and arrive so the kids and I can create this collage.

    I really appreciate the great details your tutorial provided. I am really enjoying your blog. Thank you!!!

    • Lisa, oh that is so wonderful to hear. I just adore looking at all of my babies faces on my walls everyday. I know you will too. BTW, love the name of your blog, had to chuckle, my kids say can we have Cora Beth eggs today—she is our goose!!! Just doesn’t sound quite right does it? lol Let me know how it works out.

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  9. Wonderful! I have bend looking on Pinterest for ideas. My question is can you overlap photos with mod podge? A collage of random shadow cut from old pictures. I would never have enough wall space for all my boxed photos! Lol

    • Yes you can!! My daughter did one like this and it works great. Just be sure to put Modge Podge on each of the pieces to make them stick well and cover well. Enjoy!

  10. Can I use original colored pictures which are on regular photo paper or do I have to print them off on regular copier paper for them to adhere with the mod pod get and black foam board?

  11. Annette Power

    I am working on this now… I have spaces in between the pictures as I used 4 x 6 inch pictures. So you can see some of the black foam board in between the pics. My question..will the modge podge discolor the black foam board? Also I used double sided tape,do the photos need to be taped down completely? I just used a piece across the back of each photo to place them and attach to the board. I love this idea!! Thank you

    • I am sorry, I have been off writing my next book. Yes the spaces are fine, it will not discolor. The tape is good or you can place some Modge Podge, whatever works for you. Ours has lasted a long time! Good luck

  12. Claudia Mayberry

    I wanted to know what did you fill the gap with?

    • Nothing. I just placed the photos on the foam core and then Modge Podge over top. Very easy to do.

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