Using Photography Projects in your Interior Design

Kristen Duke Photography had a Decorating with Portraits series throughout February that featured different bloggers using photography throughout their homes in interesting ways. And it got me thinking… man, I use a lot of photography in my home décor!

dining-room-gallery-wall1On the back wall in my dining room I have large prints of my daughter in a vintage-inspired clothing. Love these shots and how they set the tone for the entire room.

dining-room-sea-salt-straightAnd I used the same photos (from Kristine Lynn Photography) to create some Mod Podge Canvas Photo Prints to hang in our laundry room.

canvas-photo-mod-podge-prints1I also created added some scrapbook paper and flower embellishments to some plain wooden frames for my daughter’s bedroom desk. They’re the perfect pop of color for that space.

mod-podge-picture-framesOne of my favorite projects with photos were these little Photo Anytime Ornaments I created using printed photo stickers and placing them on the back side of mirrors. Great to hang in little spaces around your home.

mirror-photo-ornament-rectangle2I also love this photo of my daughter holding a vintage camera. I printed it out to hang above this little telephone table in my great room. The colors go perfectly from the photograph to the painted table.

painted-telephone-tableAnd for the Decorating with Portraits series, I created these little Clothespin Photo Holders and Canvas Prints. You can see the full tutorial here.

clothespin photo framesSo what’s my next project using photography? Creating a photo gallery on the blank wall in our Great Room. Just starting the planning stages now but I’m quite excited to cross off this item from my wish list!

OH, and speaking of photography… Did you know you can take your family photos and create a fun coloring book for your kiddos? Check out the tutorial here.


And f you’d like to see more from me (in case you’re new here), check out these room makeovers!


1. Master Bedroom Makeover
2. Daughter’s Stenciled Bedroom
3. Kitchen Makeover
4. Craft Room Makeover

Clothespin Photo Holders + Canvas Prints

So a couple months back when I was designing my Laundry Room Makeover, I created these Mod Podge Canvas Photo Prints to hang in my space.

canvas-photo-mod-podge-prints1Well, I decided to use that same concept in a new project for my daughter’s bedroom: Oversized Clothespin Photo Holders. Super easy and cheap to make!

oversized clothespin photo holdersI gathered my supplies:

  • Oversized Clothespins (purchased from Hobby Lobby)
  • Paint
  • 5×7 canvas boards
  • Mod Podge
  • 5.25 x 7.25 inch paper printouts of photos
  • Scissors
  • Foam brush
  • Flower embellishments

clothespin photo frames supplies

printed photos for clothespin photo holdersI found three photos that I wanted to use for this project and printed them out to 5.25 x 7.25 inches. I trimmed them out and Mod Podged them onto the canvas front.

mod podge clothespin photo holdersDoesn’t this make a cool effect? I just printed the photos on plain old computer paper with my cheap printer. Since the paper is so thin, the Mod Podge makes the texture of the canvas show through. Love this look!

fake canvas prints from photographsJust make sure the prints are a little bigger than the canvases so you can wrap the photo around the edges. Just take an exacto knife or scissors and trim out a little niche from the edge. This will create a clean fold around the canvas.

trim corner of mod podge photosNext I painted my clothespins in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. You can really use any type of paint. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint colors are just my favorites (and I have plenty on hand for my furniture makeovers).

paint clothespin photo holdersAnd once the paint was dried I added some little flower embellishments on some of the clothespins for a little fun. Ready to see the final result?

oversized clothespin photo holders

clothespin photo holders canvas prints

clothespin photo frames

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In case you haven’t seen these before, check out a couple of my room makeovers!


1. Master Bedroom Makeover
2. Daughter’s Stenciled Bedroom
3. Kitchen Makeover
4. Craft Room Makeover