Edyta Szyszlo Photography

October 8, 2008

DIY – Home Decor with your Wedding Photos!

Edyta's News,Misc,Wedding Photography — Edyta @ 8:16 AM

diy wedding photos

Photos:  Edyta Szyszlo Photography

A few months ago, I was asked to be a part of my college’s alumni art exhibition for the new academic year! It had to showcase my professional work for the theme of the new school year so I decided to put a little twist on it.  Wedding photography has changed so much in the last several years (less traditional more timeless) that there’s no reason why you can’t showcase your photos in your home!  I decided to purchase thrifty frames and update them!  Here’s how…

diy wedding photos

Photos:  Edyta Szyszlo Photography

I visited 2 of my local Salvation Army thrift stores for my frames.  For me it was about shape and texture because I knew I would paint over the color.  Most were a mix of metallic colors, so if you are looking for that renaissance type of look it works well!  I recycled my old interior living room paint as my frame color.   While I didn’t prime, I do suggest it because you will most likely use less paint and time.  A medium and small size paint brush was plenty (I used bristle but sponge would work too).  

diy wedding photos

Photos:  Edyta Szyszlo Photography

The backs of the frames for the most part were removed.  Some were hinged so I had to make do.  After a good day or two of drying (after 2-3 coats of paint), I sealed each frame with a spray triple thick clear coat/glaze purchased from my local art store.  The more you spray the thicker it gets like resin. I just wanted enough to seal it.  I recommend doing this step in the least dusty area you can find because it will stick to the spray.

diy wedding photos

Photos:  Edyta Szyszlo Photography

If the frames have easel backs then you could put them just about anywhere.  I just had to included these photos of my kitties goofing off in front of the camera!!  

diy wedding photos

Photos:  Edyta Szyszlo Photography

Below is a collage method to hanging your frames.  These are the final pieces before they were sent off to the show.  It’s about thinking out of the box and having fun with your wedding photos – let yourself relive the moment everyday without being too typical!

diy wedding photos

Photos:  Edyta Szyszlo Photography

 If you’re in the Springfield, MO area and want to check it out head to Drury University’s Pool Art Center.  I believe the works are up until the end of October.

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