June 19, 2013

DIY: Beehive-Pattern Photo Display - A Shutterfly and Looksi Campaign

This post has been sponsored by Shutterfly and Looksi Square
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If you've been given free prints, what are you going to do? I was recently given some free prints by Shutterfly & Looksi for their campaign entitled 'What Can You Do With A Print?' With printed photos, some creative cutting and a few other materials, you too can make this Beehive-patterned photo display.

So, again, I ask you, what are you gonna do if you're given free prints? 

I was mulling around a few ideas before settling into this. Why this? 
Well, first of all, I was really apprehensive of cutting photos that I paid for printing - I know, I'm kinda stingy like that. So this was the perfect opportunity to experiment on something - I totally didn't know how this was going to turn out but I like it. 
Second, I am in love with that beehive pattern right now and I wanted to incorporate it to my room decor. 
Third, I wanted more photos of me and my future-hubs on display, but I didn't want a traditional-looking one.  

Okay, enough chatter. If you wanna make something like this, here are the things that you will need:
Photos - in black and white looks best, but in hindsight, I should've edited the photos and put a common filter over them before having them printed. It would've probably looked better.
Template - you can make your own, or download mine from here. Fits 4" x 6" photos (or bigger).
Hot glue
Foam board - in white, preferably 
Fabric covering of choice
Black paper

Get your photos ready. Print your template (get it here) or make your own. In total I had 15 grayscaled photos. You might want to add 2-4 more depending on your preference on the hexagons cut in half to put at the top and the bottom. 
Put your template over the photo and then trace, centering your desired image. The template that I've provided will hit the top and bottom of your 4" x 6" photo so you only have to trace side guidelines.

Using your guideline, cut up your photo into a hexagon shape.

Now, take your foamboard and cover that in your fabric of choice. Always remember to iron your fabric before covering something with it - you don't want your project to end up having tons of wrinkles, right? We're aiming for perfection here people. Haha!

Layout your photos and gauge how far apart they'll be. When you're happy with your layout, glue them down. I suggest gluing down the left side first, measuring every now and then for straightness. Work your way to the right, starting with the top and bottom ends of each column each time. Was that confusing? Haha, sorry! Anyway, I used white glue to stick my photos down. It's easier to move them if you're not happy with the placement. I put that 'For Like Ever' hexagon highlight cause I thought it would look cute. It's also in the template download, so get that there if you want it too. :) 

Aaaand there you have it! I love that it's simple and unique at the same time. Don't you?

Please excuse our derpy faces and the subpar quality of photos! Hahaha.
So folks, there you have it. Would you make something like this? What do you think would make this better? Of course leave me your thoughts in the comments box as always and I hope you have a lovely lovely day. :)

Looksi and Shutterfly have invited me to participate in a creative brand collaboration.  I have been provided with product compensation for this post, but all opinions are my own.


  1. You are SO so very good Aki! Great tutorial!

  2. Very nice idea! thanks for sharing it! Ama

  3. I love it SO much! How big was the foam board that you used?


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