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DIY Decorative Photography

Getting seduced by fabulous on-line photography is so easy to do. There are rich, interesting, clever and humorous photos everywhere. And so many times we’re tempted to turn them into the framed focal point of a themed room. Here’s the problem (since we really don’t need to worry about the photographer suing us for copywrite infringement for a photo hanging in our bathroom): Any image you pull off the internet is web quality, which unfortunately will always be too low for print. The only way to get print quality is to go to a stock photo site like –, but there you have to purchase hi resolution images.

Here are some alternative suggestions from Eve of Reduction:
1. Do you have any of your own photos that fit the theme you’re going for? Even regular cameras can take decent photos (1MB) that can be blown up. Go to ta train yard and snap some shots of the engine.
2. You could get a cheap puzzle that you or your kids could put together and glue to a piece of foam-core. It doesn’t have to be 1,000 pieces, but if you’re up for the challenge – why not!
3. Center a small picture or postcard on a large board and lay down strips of decorative Duct tape around it (like you would see a frame mat). Everytime I turn around they have more patterns – from animal prints to black & white checks to solid bright hues.

You don’t have to spend a fortune on beautiful images for your walls. That’s no fun!

I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

One Response to DIY Decorative Photography

  1. kayten March 25, 2012 at 3:56 pm #

    Great ideas! I also thought if you like the pictures that only have web quality, you can also add special effects like making it look more grainy to cover the digital grainy-ness. It would depend on the type of art of course. You would just save the image and fix it with whatever program you already have like Java or Picasa. Even Shutterfly and Snapfish have the option to add effects.

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