Over the years I’ve been inspired by A Beautiful Mess’s incredible print collages. I’ve always dreamed of adorning my walls in a similar fashion. Unfortunately by being in a rental, my options are restricted. Thankfully I was introduced to the magic of washi tape a few years ago (cheers Typo), and I’m constantly finding new and inventive ways of decorating my life with them.
While I love my apartment, our walls are incredibly barren because we have no mount hooks. Not one! While there are bookshelves that add character, I really wanted to decorate our walls. And before you suggest Command Hooks, Kyal made the fatal error of using one a few years ago and it ripped a good chunk of paint off!
With the help of Unsplash’s incredible content and my (ever growing) washi collection, I’ve created my own miniature print collage that’s completely rent friendly!
A few tips…
When you’re choosing images, collect an even amount of portrait and landscape images. You’ll find it’s easier to organise and structure later on. But if you’re up for a challenge (and not OCD like me) chuck in a few random shapes or mementos.
While I accidentally printed off images smaller than I intended, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. The difference in size created diversity, so don’t be afraid to experiment.
Before sticking your prints on the wall, lay them on a flat surface and muck around with the layout. This way you can see what prints compliment or clash with each other. Be sure to take a photo before you start to stick them on the wall. I can guarantee, you’ll forget your layout pretty quickly!
I also mixed up my choice of washi tape and whether I applied them horizontally or vertically. This was a personal choice seeing as my collage was a simple black and white combo. I’ll probably keep my washi very simple when I create my next collage, which will include more personal and diverse imagery.
Keen for some more easy DIY lifestyle crafts? Be sure to check out my other projects here.