Gather your supplies
• 1800 x 900 x 9mm MDF
• 42 x 19 x 1800mm pine (2)
• 42 x 19 x 816mm pine (2)
• 150 x 100mm (4 x 6") matte-finish photos (75)
You’ll also need
Water-based primer; Dulux sample pot in Vivid White; Dulux Aquanamel Semi Gloss in Domino; PVA; drill and bits; 25mm screws; foamcore board in White; utility knife and sharp blades; metal ruler; cutting mat; glue tape; straightedge (optional); self-adhesive hook and loop dots, such as Velcro brand (75)
1. You can typically have MDF and timber cut to size from your local hardware for a small additional fee.
2. You can print your photos on your home printer or have them printed in bulk for you; try Officeworks.
3. Adjust measurements to suit any size.
Paint MDF and pine lengths with primer. This step is important, as it prevents staining of your topcoat. Allow to dry.
Paint MDF in 2 coats of Vivid White, allowing to dry between coats.
Paint pine in 2 coats of Domino, allowing to dry between coats (these will form the frame).
To assemble frame, drill evenly spaced pilot holes in MDF. Aim to drill 5 holes along each long side and 4 along each short side.
On your work surface, apply PVA to back of 1 long pine length and place it in position on MDF flush with edge. Working from underside, drive screws through pilot holes to secure frame. Repeat with remaining 3 lengths of pine, working in a clockwise direction.
Once all 4 lengths of frame are in position, paint exposed edges of MDF in Domino. Let dry.
Using pencil and ruler, mark up foamcore into a grid of 150 x 100mm rectangles. You need 75 rectangles.
Using a sharp utility knife and ruler, on a cutting mat, work slowly and carefully to cut out foamcore rectangles – the finished result is well worth all the cutting.
Tip: If you are finding the foamcore is tearing or leaving burs as you cut, it’s time for a new blade.
Apply glue tape around perimeter of 1 face of foamcore and stick a photo on top. Press flat. Repeat for other 74 rectangles.
Place all photos on MDF and arrange according to colour. Space photos evenly. Align photos using straightedge if that helps. Stick photos in position one at a time using self-adhesive hook and loop dots.
Stand your artwork up and lean it in position. If kids are about, anchor your artwork to a wall to prevent tipping.