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Decorating with Portraits at The Creative Crate

Hello Kristen Duke Fans!!
I’m Stacie from The Creative Crate…
…And…First of all…I must say what an amazing photographer Kristen Duke is…and am honored to be guest posting in her awesome decorating with portraits series! I have been so inspired by all of the amazing ideas…and look forward to seeing more throughout this month!
I am a HUGE fan of decorating with portraits.  There is nothing I would rather see on my walls than my kiddos and their cuteness!
Ever since I started doing photography myself…I have learned  that decorating with {larger} portraits doesn’t always have to be expensive…or…you don’t always have to use frames.  I LOVE canvas prints…but look at the cost to get a large one done…and just about fall out of my seat.  Sooo…here is what I did instead :
I simply took 1/4″ hardboard…paint the edges black…and only glue your print to the top using Mod Podge.  {I don’t cover the top of the print with Mod Podge}…and here’s how it turned out:
I did the same thing here…but glued 2 – 1×2′s to the back so it gives the prints a stand out look.
Here…we used an old window  to frame the photo.

So there ya go…that’s how I’ve decorated with portraits…and you can also check out some of my past decorating with portrait ideas here on my blog!

Kristen…Thanks so much for having me on your awesome portrait series!!
Thank you, Stacie!  I LOVE the wall arrangement that you’ve done, and I LOVE large portraits hung as well. They make quite the statement, but they can be pricey.  What a great alternative to pod podge onto hard board.  Also love that vintage window (you look lovely in those images) I always love a family picture! Stacie has a beautiful photography blog here, and a craft blog here.

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  1. What is hardboard? I love this idea!

  2. Heather W. says:

    Love this idea, I think I’ll do it for my entry at the top of the stairs – needs something with a lot of visual impact!

  3. Hardboard is a presswood that comes in different sizes like: 2′ x 2′ , 2′ x 4′ and I think 4′ x 8′ sheets. Another name for it might be Masonite. I bought mine @ Home Depot and just cut it down to the sizes I needed. Hope that helps a little :)

  4. I really like this! It sure does make for an affordable bang for the buck!

  5. I love the money saving portrait ideas. I totally agree that canvas portraits can be expensive. This is as nice and less pricy. Thanks for the tips.

  6. Shawna McDaniel says:

    I love this idea. Where did you get your photos printed? Is this photo paper or regular paper?

  7. Hi Shawna! I printed my photos at Costco. They are an odd shape because I squeezed three of my kids pics on a 20×30 and the rest of my prints on another 20×30. {Sooo I paid about $18 for all my prints I used} Then just cut them out. They were printed on Costco’s photopaper with a matte finish.