DIY wall art: How to make a family photo garden

How does your family grow? Document it and display your family photos in a lush and beautiful way with This Blooming Family Photo Garden. It’s pretty enough to display on its own, or you can add it to your photo gallery wall. If you like, get creative and spell out other words, too, like HOME, LOVE, HEART, FAMILY or even your last name. Or, if your last name is really long, you can keep it short with a monogram instead.

A beautiful way to display family photos. It would be pretty as part of a gallery wall, too.

 To make a Blooming Family Photo Garden, you will need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: Two, 1” x 12” x 18” sheets
  • Grosgrain ribbon in green, 1” wide x 10 yd.
  • Sheet moss
  • Assorted silk flowers
  • Craft wire, heavy gage
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife or utility knife with sharp blade; candle or bar of soap; ruler; sharp pencil; marker; floral u-pins; knippers or wire cutters; needle-nose pliers; Velcro strips (for hanging)
Here's how to make a beautiful family monogram as a photo display.

If you’re tight on space, or time, make it a monogram instead.

To make a Blooming Family Photo Garden:

1. Following the cutting diagram, trace the letters onto the foam sheets. Each letter is 6” wide, except the “M”, which is 12” wide. Use the ruler, and score your lines with a sharp pencil. Trace over the lines with a marker, so that you can more clearly see them.

2. Wax the knife blade with an old candle or bar of soap, and cut out the letters. Sand rough edges with another piece of foam, and use your fingers to smooth edges.

3. Glue the green grosgrain ribbon all around the outside and inside edges of the letters.

4. Glue sheet moss onto the front of each letter.

A pretty way to display family photos. DIY it on

Embellish each letter with a mini bouquet.

5. Determine how you would like to arrange the flowers on each letter. Trim the flower stems to 1”. Insert the stems into the foam, and use glue and u-pins as needed to help secure them in place.

DIY coiled photo holders. It's not hard!

Using the needle-nose pliers, form spirals in your length of craft wire.

6. Make the wire photo holders:

  • Wind a tight spiral at the end of an 8” length of craft wire.
  • Push the other end of the wire into the foam letter.
  • If needed, start the hole first with a needle tool or the tip of nail scissors.
  • Insert a photo into the spiral.
  1. Glue Velcro strips to the back, and attach the companion strips on the wall. Hang and enjoy!

You know how I like a project that you can change up, right? Not only can you use this technique to create other words, but you can mix and match your flowers, too.

DIY a Blooming Family Photo Garden. Such a pretty addition for a family photo gallery wall.

Blooming Family Photo Garden by Kathleen George.

Have you done much gardening outside this year? I’ve picked up my annuals, but don’t have them planted and potted yet. Maybe I’ll do that later this week. How about you? How are your gardens faring this year?

Happy crafting.


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8 Responses to DIY wall art: How to make a family photo garden

  1. Angie Dyer says:

    What a creative idea! Love the spring flowers and sweet family pictures! Would look lovely in the family room or in your bedroom! Beautiful!

  2. This is awesome!! I really love this idea and just might give it a try!! The moss monograms are also quite cool! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Sharon says:

      I’m so glad you like it, Barb. Don’t you think it would make a beautiful gift idea, too? Who wouldn’t love a moss monogram like this with a few favorite photos? It would be even more lovely in the winter! Thanks! Sharon

  3. LisaM6 says:

    Can you say weeds! I pulled lots of weeds so far but the more I pull the more show up.
    I do have my irises blooming, with buttercups and columbine sharing there colors. 🙂
    Great idea with the BLOOM> After I get back from picking my daughter up from college I will have to pull a few more weeds then try this one.

    • Sharon says:

      🙂 Oh yes, I know how to say “weeds” — ack! I have to pull some myself very soon, and then put down some mulch. Don’t you love the perennials like irises that keep coming back, easy peasy? That’s my kind of gardening. Congratulations to your daughter — one year down! I hope she’s “blooming”. Sharon

  4. Katiria says:

    This is a great gift idea. As far my garden goes, I have rally let it go. I don’t have the time to tend to it like I used to. Last year my tomatoes all had black spots on them and the only thing that grew right was the peppermint.

    • Sharon says:

      I know, it’s hard to find the time. Is your peppermint still thriving? That’s a good one to have in the summertime. I’ve never grown veggies, as I don’t think I’d have the time, either. It’s fun to plant a few annuals in the pots, however. That I can handle! Thanks for stopping in. Sharon

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