Project

Accordion Gallery

These frameless photographs are mounted on sturdy art boards and linked by small hinges for an accordion structure. Color and black-and-white snapshots, portraits, and still lifes add to the effect.

Accordion Gallery

Photography: James Merrell

Source: Martha Stewart Living, January 2008

materials

  • Small craft brushes

  • Acrylic craft paint

  • Precut 5 3/4-by-7 3/4-inch art boards

  • Decoupage glue

  • Ruler and pencil

  • T pin

  • Screwdriver

  • Small hinges and screws

steps

  1. On a computer, resize photographs to 5 3/4 by 7 3/4 inches, and print them.

  2. Using a small craft brush and the acrylic paint, paint the edges of each board. Let dry.

  3. Position one picture on one face of each board. Using another small  craft brush, apply decoupage glue to back of each photograph. Attach to a  board; let dry. Glue images to reverse sides of boards if desired.

  4. Decide upon an order for the photos. Use pencil to mark the placement  of the hinges. (Ours were 1 3/4 inches from the top and the bottom of  each board and aligned with one edge).

  5. With the T pin, bore small holes through the boards where screws will go (this will make it easier to insert the screws). Using a screwdriver, attach the hinges,  and link the boards to one another.

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