How to Make a Photoboard and Customize It With Craft Vinyl
Table of Contents
- What are photo boards made of?
- What are photo boards used for?
- Step-By-Step Guide on How to Make Your Own Photo Board
- Gather the Supplies Needed for a Photo Board
- Gather the Photos
- Cut the Craft Vinyl
- Arrange The Pictures
- Decorate The Board
- Frequently Asked Questions
A photoboard is not just another decoration you can hang on the wall. It’s a piece of art where you can showcase your fondest memories and the photos of your loved ones.
But how to make a photoboard at home? To make your own photo board, collect pictures, and consider customizing it with a craft vinyl. Make an entire board filled with wonderful memories and proudly display photos of your family and loved ones.
In this how-to guide, you’ll learn the step-by-step process on how you can create a photo board at home, plus several helpful tips on how you can create a one-of-a-kind project.
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What are photo boards made of?
First of all, you need to know the basic material needed when making a picture board, of course the board itself where you can hang photos. What are the usual materials used to create a photo board? Here are several:
- Cork board
- Grid wire board
- Picture Frames
- Black board
- Magnetic board
- Bulletin board
- White board
You can choose from the options above on what kind of board you can use for the project. You will find boards in almost any color, but you should consider using neutral colors, or going with a simple black or white board.
If you think all the photos you intend to display won’t fit on one board, then you may need to create several boards, or a three-fold board made of cardboard. Perhaps you can create multiple photo boards and hang them side-by-side.
You can create a photo board whatever way you like it. What matters the most is how well you can execute the finished product. Even if you’re working from scratch, you can create something wonderful with a little touch of your creativity.
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What are photo boards used for?
As the name implies, photo boards are, well, are boards where you can place photos. Other than photos, you can also mix it up by hanging newspaper headlines, magazine cut outs, inspirational quotes, you can even customize it with your name, shapes or cute vectors.
It’s your photo board, and you can do whatever you want with it. As long as it goes well with the other decorations at your house and the aesthetics matches. A photo board also makes a great gift-giving idea on birthdays, weddings and anniversaries.
Step-By-Step Guide on How to Make Your Own Photo Board
Once you’ve decided on what kind of board to use for the project, then it’s time to create your photo board. Start with figuring out where you want to place the photo board at home. Living room? Bed room? In your home office?
Other than the photos, do you want to customize the photo board? Then consider personalizing it with craft vinyl from TeckWrap Craft. The next step is to gather the supplies needed.
Gather the Supplies Needed for a Photo Board
- Photos (preferably of the same sizes)
- Double-sided tape, glue, push pins or wooden clips and twine craft rope
- Cutting machine (Silhouette or Cricut)
- Craft vinyl of your choice from TeckWrap Craft
- Weeding tools
- Transfer tape
- Other decorations: Ribbon, fairy light, glitters, stickers, magazine cut-outs, fabric with pattern
Gather the Photos
The focal point of a photo board are the photographs. So you may want to start with gathering the photographs you want to display. If you have a printer at home, you can print the photos using a high quality photo paper.
For aesthetic purposes, it is best to display photos of the same sizes. If you want to collage polaroid photos, then stick with it. You don’t want the display board to look all scattered by gathering photos of different sizes.
Cut the Craft Vinyl
With your cutting machine, cut the vinyl you want to personalize in it. Is it shapes? Names? Perhaps inspirational quotes or captions for the photos you want to display. Here’s how to cut craft vinyl:
- Upload your design on the cutting machine’s design studio.
- Resize the design well just the way you want it.
- Test cut the vinyl first!
- Send the design for cutting on the design software. Do not mirror craft vinyl!
- Weed the excess vinyl
- Transfer the vinyl onto the transfer tape.
- Use a squeegee to smoothen out and transfer the vinyl to the transfer tape properly.
- Put the design aside and work on the photo board first. It should look like the photo below.
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If you want to make your board extra special, you can use Glitter Adhesive Craft Vinyl or Glow-in-the-dark Adhesive Craft Vinyl from TeckWrap Craft. Make sure to check out this video tutorial from TeckWrap Craft’s YouTube Page: New!! Glow in the dark Vinyl // TeckWrap Craft Adhesive Vinyl.
Arrange The Pictures
Now that all the photos and craft vinyl are ready, it’s time to arrange the photos. Think of the spacing, alignment, sequence and placement of the photos on the photo board. Arrange the photos in an aesthetic manner.
Consider organizing your photos in a chronological order, or in an organized manner. For instance, organize one row of photos during your Paris trip. Then another row for the kids’ individual photos. The more organized it is, the better.
Once you’ve figured out the placement of each photo, secure each photo on the board using a double-sided tape, glue, push pin, or use a jute twine and wooden clip where you can hang the photos.
You can also use fairy lights and wooden clips to hang the photos. The most important point is to secure the photos well on the board. Don’t forget to leave ample space for other decorations like the personalized craft vinyl, ribbons, or even fairy lights.
Decorate The Board
Unleash your creative beast because it’s time to decorate the board! Place the decorations you want to place on the board and make sure it all matches well. Let this board be an expression of your creativity.
Check out the photo below on the design ideas on how you can place a custom-print on a photo board using a craft vinyl. You can place craft vinyl in any smooth and even surface like glass, plastic or acrylic.
Using craft vinyl, you can customize photo boards, plastic tumblers, acrylic containers, mason jars, mugs and many more. Don’t just limit yourself on custom texts, throw in some shapes and vectors as well.
Customized wedding sign on mirror
Frequently Asked Questions
How to make a photo board?
To make a photo board, you need a hard and flat surface as your base material. You can use a bulletin board, white board or small black board. Then you can use push pins or double-sided tape to secure the photos on the board.
How do you make a picture board without damaging pictures?
To avoid damaging pictures when creating a photo board, avoid using a push pin or thumb tacks when securing the photo on the board. You can use a double-sided tape instead.
Create Your Photoboard Today!
Whenever you’re creating a project, whether it be a photo board, custom tumbler or wall decals, the most important thing is for you to have read through our guides and have fun! Create DIY projects with your family and kids, because you’re not only making a project, you’re creating memories as well.
Other than photo boards, there are plenty of DIY projects you can make using TeckWrap Craft’s Adhesive Vinyl. You can custom print on mugs, leather notebooks, cake toppers, and many more. Make sure to check out the collections at TeckWrap Craft for your next project.