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Make your photos stand out, literally.

Okay, okay so I am passionate about photography. That much is true if you know anything about me. Images of my boys cover my walls and take up more space than anything else on my hard drive. Plain and simple – I love taking, sharing, and printing photos. After all, they are the things we will look back upon with glistening eyes when our babies are grown and gone, right?

In the coming months I will be talking a lot about photography – tips and tricks, things I have learned over the years. There will be many an article on creative ways to engage your little ones, as well as the importance of backing up and printing. Today however, I am writing about a super fun and easy way to literally make your photos stand out.

Supplies needed

  • Foam board – You can purchase this at Michaels or any other craft store. I have even seen it for sale at Target. It comes sized 20 x 30 and is typically no more than a few dollars a sheet. I get mine in white, but i know it is available in many other colors as well.
  • Craft knife – There are many kinds out there, but I am partial to this one by Martha Stewart. If you have an exacto lying around that will work just fine. A word of warning though, be sure your blade is up to par, if it is even slightly dull you will end up with a less than seamless edge. No fun.
  • Rotary mat & acrylic ruler– If you are a seamstress chances are you have one of these hanging around. I am a huge fan of Fiskars. Their 24×36 self healing mat and 6×24 acrylic ruler are faves of mine.
  • Adhesive – (a reader just informed me that i originally forgot to add this in, silly me! thanks julia for the heads up.) Adhesive is quite important to this project! A friend who made some foam mounted prints recently used an adhesive foam board. I went with a non-adhesive and used some double sided sticky tape I had left here from a previous scrap project.
  • Photo(s) – An obvious one:)I am a lover of black & whites, so most of my enlargements are converted. I actually had the photos for this project printed at Costco. I went with 12x18s and picked them up in just an hour!
  • Easel – This is an optional one of course, but it is my preferred way to display a foam mounted print. I love the classic look to this beauty found at Joann Fabric for only $4.99.


The fun stuff

Alrighty now, turn on some Norah Jones and light a yummy candle. Plop yourself down on the floor with all of your supplies. It is really very simple.

  • Adhere your photo to the foam board. Get all of your edges and do your best to get a smooth finish with the least amount of “bubbles” as possible.
  • Cut your project out. With a firm hand and a lot of pressure, hold your acrylic ruler down on the edge of the photo and using one swift cut, start at the top and make your way down.
  • Hold it high and smile. You might even want to do a happy dance. What a gorgeous little piece of art you just made!
  • Keep in mind… foam board can be tricky to work with if you aren’t careful. Like mentioned above, try your best to make only one cut per side. The more times you lift and start again the choppier it will be. You want as seamless a cut as possible. Now, set your new eye candy atop the adorable easel you got and proudly show it off to anyone who will look!

How do you display your favorite images? Have you ever tried mounting on foam board? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

About Bree

Bree is the founder and writer of, a recipe site that shares her love of cooking, baking, and entertaining with others. launched in February of 2010 as a way to merge Bree’s love of photography with her love of food, and share both with friends and family. Currently, Bree lives in the suburbs of Washington DC with her husband and 3 children.

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  • Betsy

    Love this idea!

  • thansen85

    Thanks for the idea

    What else do you have up your sleeve for us? :)

  • Katherine Marie

    What a fabulous INEXPENSIVE way to mount! I never even thought of this— I always done professional mounting, but I’m going to give this a try. Thanks for sharing!!!

  • Brandie

    that is actually a cheap way to show off your loved ones..thanks for sharing :) I will try it and send you pics :)

  • Mrs. Jones

    That looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it.



  • Casey

    love this idea! I’ve been trying to think of a way to display some pictures without buying a bunch of frames that I’ll end up getting sick of. I’m going to try this out

  • Dianna

    Awesome! I’ll be looking forward to doing this soon!

  • angie

    hi ramona and welcome!! to answer your question, i had very little trouble getting the print to smooth out. as i mentioned, i adhere to all the edges with adhesive tape. if you go the glue stick route you are more likely to get bubbles. adhereing the edges guarantees all edges are flat and your “inside” should be as well. let me know if you have further questions, i’m happy to try to answer!

  • Ramona

    I just found your blog (I think via Inspired Room’s Tumblr…) and I love it!
    I am going to try your green cleaning products”recipes” and I am definitely going to try to do this as it is genius. How difficult is it to get the print to lay smooth on the adhesive? Thanks!!!

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  • angie

    kristi, thanks for posting a link to your display. i just love the way you have the three photos matted, framed, and on the shelf! be sure to share some images of your mounted photo project! :)

  • Kristi

    I love this!! I am sooo going to do this. Maybe this weekend I’ll make a trip out to Michael’s. :) So far my favorite pictures are displayed in my living room here: