I don’t know about you guys, but one of my favorite things about Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was the photos that came with it. If you haven’t read the books yet and are just waiting for the movie to come out first, it’s important to note that the entire series was inspired by found vintage photographs that looked a bit… peculiar. Throughout the book series, these peculiar photos are interspersed with the story, giving the reader a visual on the characters even without a film. The cool part is that these photos are not photoshopped, but are probably photography tricks old timey photographers used.
With the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children premiere and halloween looming, I though it would be a perfect way to credit the work by creating a gallery wall. Here’s the thing… they always look super complicated. On pinterest you see all of these frames strategically hodge podged and you sit there thinking… I would totally mess that up. Yep. Right there with you. BUT!!! It’s actually really easy… and cheap! Come with me on a decorating adventure will you?
Time: 2+ hours
Cost: Under $10
Peculiar level: 8
Picture frames in various sizes
Images you’d like to print (and this printable)
Photoshop or editing software (I like picmonkey.com)
Butcher or Freezer Paper
Washi Tape or Masking Tape
Hammer and Nails
First plan out which photos you’ll use. With the 5 frames I had, I planned which photo would go in which frame. It’s important to know that starting out so you’ll know how large or small to size each photo.
** If you’re looking for cheap places for frames, I got mine at the Dollar Tree. They’re not the highest quality but they look good and won’t break the bank. For the oval frame, I bought a skull wall hanging and just popped out the center and glued Miss Peregrine on top.
Next, print out your photos. I grabbed photos from the internet, from the Home for Peculiar Children book and especially the Miss Peregrine’s Facebook Page. Whoever did those quote images has some serious talent. You’ll want to print them out to the size you previously decided. If a photo doesn’t quite line up (like with the quote photo which was square), you can use photoshop to expand the borders and fill those in with whatever color you choose. I used the cloning tool on the white borders to make a more cohesive image.
Once your photos are printed, it’s time to cut them down to size. I printed these in plain white paper and cut them by pulling the glass out of the frame and laying it atop the photo. Line everything up where you want it and use the craft knife to carefully cut flush with the glass. This will give you exact dimensions without having to worry about things being too big or too small.
Place each photo into it’s designated frame and secure the backing.
Here’s where it gets fun. Trace around each frame onto butcher paper, label and cut it out. Then mark a hole where the hanger is. It doesn’t have to be perfect. From there, decide how you want things to be laid out. If you need to see it on the wall, washi tape the butcher paper cut outs to the wall to get a better vision of the final product.
Nail the cut outs to the wall by going through the nail hole you drew on the butcher paper.
Remove butcher paper and hang up your art work!