oh, the places you'll go

We've been looking for a long time for a large, unusual piece of art for our dining room. We considered an old pull down chart that you see in schools, like a map or anatomical diagram, but we just couldn't find the right one. Finally, in true do-it-yourselfer spirit we said "Why don't we just make our own art"?

For this project we decided to combine two of our favorite things: photography and traveling. We picked a few photos that we took in our favorite cities that we visited this year (2 from Seattle, 1 from New York and 1 from Muir Beach near San Francisco) and made these giant floating pictures that we think are pretty cool. We liked them so much, in fact, that we're considering adding a couple.

"How did you do it?!" you ask? We'll tell you in 6 easy steps.

1. Choose your photos. This was our original concept:

2. Print your photos. We had our photos printed out as 24" x 36" posters by Posterbrain.com. They were seriously so awesome. The prints came out great and they got to us in 2 days. Plus, they were running a promotion for $17 per poster. So great!

3. Pick up some acrylic sheets and mat board. We got 24" x 24" acrylic from a local plastics manufacturer and poster-size mat boards from a local craft store.

4. Cut the prints and mat boards down to fit the acrylic and sandwich them all together. We used Swiss Clips which give the photos a clean floating look.

5. Hang.

6. Enjoy.


  1. This is very timely because I need to do something like this for a Christmas present -- thank you. Also, you can see my gum on your gum wall photo (but not really).

  2. if i come over will you show me how to do this?

  3. Ha ha yes. Emergency Photographers' League meeting?

  4. So awesome.

    Ok so total with the other materials how much do you think everything cost? just curious....?

  5. This is beautiful. Love the photos too man!

  6. how do you look at a gum while while sitting at your table eating? (but really?)

  7. Thanks Merek. That means a lot coming from a photographer of your caliber. I don't think we can credit for the thistle photo though. I don't recall taking it ha ha.

    Celeste - We probably spent about $50 each on these. It might be a little cheaper if you use glass instead of acrylic.

    Chelsea - It's not so much the gum we were capturing as the colors. Just squint your eyes and you can't tell it's gum ha ha.

  8. I meant to type "gum wall" not "gum while." oops.

  9. Hello!
    I love this idea :)
    but was wondering... how does the acrylic, picture and mat board stick to one another?

  10. Hi Nitzie,

    We used Swiss Clips. They're little metal clips that hold everything together, but aren't super visible. If you look closely, you can see them in the corners. We got ours from dickblick.com. FYI: If we were to do this again, we would probably use use masonite or a thicker mat board. Ours started to ripple a little bit over time. Hope that helps!