Snap happy: easy ways to display holiday photos

Free-up space on your phone or camera with these fun ideas for displaying holiday photographs

Don't leave holiday photographs clogging up space on your phone or camera, print off your favourites and put them up on display.

Pin up a collage
If you've got a stack of digital photographs taking up precious space, delete any duds and then edit down your favourites for printing off. If you're printing in bulk there are often cheap deals available online so it won't work out too expensive.

white wall with photos

(Image credit: Future PLC/Emma Mitchell)

Try this idea for a themed display, mixing holiday photographs and postcards and arranging them in grid formation on the wall - fix in place with coloured Washi tape.

room with white wall and photos and wooden desk

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Give yourself some visual inspiration while you're at work with a collage arrangement pinned up above your desk...just try not to daydream too much.

postcard pin board

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For a collage on a smaller-scale, pin up favourite snaps, postcards and holiday mementoes on a fabric pinboard - choose a jolly fabric to create a cheery background.

Make a memory box
Gather favourite photographs, keepsakes and treasures that you've collected on your travels and display them together in a memory box. Just make sure your frame is deep enough to hold larger items and use a glue gun or Blu-Tak White to hold everything in place.

white wall with box frames

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Display maps, postcards, photos and beachcombed finds in a coastal-themed arrangement in nautical blue and white.

holiday box frame

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Bring back memories of a city break with this 3-D display of photographs and holiday mementoes.

holiday collage box frame

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If you've got a stash of old black and white photographs that never see the light of day, why not dig out some of your favourites and put them out on display - it would make a lovely gift idea for granny or any older relatives too.

Peg up your pics
If you don't want the hassle of finding frames and hammering in nails, then try a less permanent solution with a simple hanging arrangement of pictures that you can swap around and replace whenever you fancy a change.

photo bunting

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Pin up a length of brightly coloured ribbon and use mini wooden pegs to attach holiday snaps or family photos.

peg picture

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Try a tiered arrangement to give you a platform for an ever-changing display of photos, postcards, pictures and favourite knickknacks that you can change to suit the season.

picture hangers

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Try this frame-free idea for picture hanging by using simple wooden trouser hangers. While it works well here with a group of small-scale prints, you could achieve a similar effect with a line-up of photographs or postcards.

Make your own frames
Save the expense of buying new frames by upcycling old ones or making your own.

paper frames

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Create this folding paper frame to show off a selection of favourite pics. Use heavyweight cartridge paper (make sure it's sturdy enough to stand on its own) with sticky photograph corners to hold each picture in place.

printed picture frames

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Upcycle old picture frames or cheap, fancy ones with a fresh coat of paint. Ditch the glass and backing board and attach lengths of string at the back so you can peg on photographs and mementoes.

peg frame

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Giles)

Here's a similar idea if you prefer a more formal arrangement, using a simple white picture frame (with glass) and pictures pegged into place rather than glued on.

vintage bottles with photos

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For a really simple display idea, try this arrangement in a row of decorative glass bottles. Simply roll up the pics and push them in - they'll unroll on their own and lay flat against the glass.


Lisa Fazzani
Deputy Editor

Lisa is Deputy Editor of Style at Home magazine and regularly contributes to sister title Ideal Home. She has written about interiors for more than 25 years and about pretty much every area of the home, from shopping and decorating, crafts and DIY to real home transformations and kitchen and bathroom makeovers. Homes and interiors have always been a passion and she never tires of nosying around gorgeous homes, whether on TV, online, in print or in person.