15 Fresh and Fabulous Ways to Display Your Summer Vacation Photos


diy photo displays

The carefree days of summer may be coming to a close, but don’t just sit back and mourn the end of your vacation. Commemorate it with these creative DIY photo displays, and you’ll be reliving the good times all year long.

1. Photo Coasters

photo coasters

Cut up cork sheet and use Mod Podge to cover each piece with a favorite photo so you can relive your summer vacation every time you take a sip.

2. Polaroid Magnets

polaroid magnets

Who needs fridge magnets when the photos themselves will do the sticking? Make adorable mini Polaroid magnets with some white mat board and basic cutting and adhering skills.

3. Snapshot Clock

snapshot clock

Keep a smile on your face while returning to the daily grind by creating this cheery photo collage clock, great for vacation photos and/or Instagram pics. A giant hole punch makes the job easier.

4. Photo Collage Letters

photo collage letters

Take your photo collage to the next level with a little personalization. Make a letter-shaped collection of your pictures, which will be great and unique for mantel decor or to be given as a gift.

5. Photo Pendants

photo pendants

Keep your vacation memories (and your loved ones) close to your heart all year round with these little charms. Glue-on pendant hangers and bubble caps make this a quick and easy craft.

6. Pictorial Lampshade

pictorial lampshade

lampshade pictorial

This creative photo display will put a smile on your face every time you flip the switch. Simply create a collage of your favorite travel snapshots on Picasa, and adhere it to a plain lampshade. You can use black and white, color or even tinted photos.

7. Photo Blocks

photo cubes

Admire your pics from every angle and display your summer vacation memories in a multi-dimensional way with one of these photo cubes. All you’ll need are wooden cubes (available at craft and dollar stores) and some Mod Podge.

8. Bicycle Wheel Display

bicycle wheel display

Check out this original way to show off your summer fun and also upcycle old bike parts. This photo display wheel is an easy and inventive project that will make your pictures extra eye-catching.

9. Embroidery Hoops Wall Collage

embroidery hoops wall collage

Add some pizzazz to your walls by decorating them with hooped photographs. Printing your pictures onto fabric first enables you to stretch them in the embroidery hoops, and painting the hoops beforehand adds an additional dose of color.

10. Insta-TOMS

diy insta TOMS

For a truly unique way to display your travel pictures, collage them onto a pair of TOMS or other simple canvas shoes. You’ll be reliving the good times with every step you take.

11. Photo Vases

photo vases

Personalize your fall decor with flower vases commemorating your favorite vacation moments. These were made out of PVC pipe and Mod Podge.

12. Mini Memory Book

mini memory book

Did you Instagram all of your getaway snapshots? Don’t forget hard copies! Print out your tiny photos and make this little photo book with no adhesives or sewing required!

13. Picture Pillows

picture pillows

A pretty beachscape, or any other favorite vacation spot, can make for a chic pillow motif. Make this pictorial pillow with heat transfer paper and a white T-shirt.

14. Wine Cork Photo Holders

wine cork photo holders

Did you save any wine corks from a favorite summer evening or festivity? Don’t just store them on the counter never to be used again! Instead, turn them into a cute photo display for your guests.

15. Cabinet Door Display

cabinet door display

An old cabinet door painted in a pretty pastel hue can be turned into a charming photo display backdrop using clothes pins.

Before you shop: Check out these other fun ways to save memories before the school season starts!

Pippa Eccles ArmbresterPippa is a quilt maker and designer with a fondness for bold geometric designs and bright, colorful solid fabrics. This extends to the broader DIY realm and crafty endeavors of all sorts, particularly in home decor. She lives and works in Boston with her husband, twin sons and tiny teacup poodle. She blogs at Pippa Quilts and sells her quilts online on Etsy.


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