DIY frameless photo art + HP laptop and printer giveaway

*This tutorial and giveaway is brought to you through a partnership with HP.

I’ve been meaning to print and hang newborn pictures in Big T’s room but I just now am getting around to it. I normally print them at my local photo lab but thought I might as well give my printer a whirl and do it for “free.”

I had a couple of light wood squares from Hobby Lobby. They were less than $2 each. I had some white paint for the edges. I also bought black cause I wasn’t sure which I’d do at the time, or where I’d hang them.

I went with wood instead of canvas cause I thought the photos would be easier to apply to something more solid, and I sometimes prefer the look of “standout” photos versus all-framed photos.


Sadly, these photos don’t do them justice. Will need to try again later!

So easy DIY frameless photo art tutorial here we go:

framless-photo-tutorial-41. Painted 6″x6″ wood squares, and edges (not the back, cause who cares?) Lil’ J helped with this part. She was very excited.

framless-photo-tutorial-32. Printed out my 6×6″ photos onto HP photo paper using my HP Envy 120. Make sure to check your printer levels. I originally wanted to do three but the third picture came out lighter and wonky after I got a low ink warning (I’ve been printing a lot lately). #SadPanda

3. After the paint has dried, Modge Podge the top of the wood, using the matte kind.

4. Place cut-out pictures on top of the wood, use a little bit of sand paper to smooth the edges and tada!


I didn’t modge podge on top of the photo though I may attempt that. It would add an extra layer of protection.

It was nice being able to print the photos wirelessly and not have to wait to get them, but I probably won’t make a habit of it considering how much ink photos use. The quality is great though! Much better than anything I’ve ever printed from home, and worth hanging in the nursery. (Yes, I still owe you a nursery reveal post).

frameless-photo-tutprial-5Here’s more I’ve done with the HP Envy X2 and the HP Envy 120 e All-in-One Printer. And now, finally, the giveaway I’ve been promising for months! This is one of those reasons I’m so excited to have occasional sponsors, cause as much as I love you all who read me day in and day out, I can’t afford to buy you a laptop and printer. But HP is hoking you up!

HP Laptop and Printer Giveaway Ends September 11thOne of my fabulous readers is going to win an HP Envy X2 and the HP Envy 120 e-All-in-One Printer, as well as a $50 Snapfish gift card to use to help you create. Just use the Rafflecopter form below to enter! Goodluck!

PS: Here’s a video demo of what you are entering to win, courtesy of Lil’ J and yours truly.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

* I wrote this review while participating in a program on behalf of HP and received an ENVY x2, an HP ENVY 120 e-All-in-One Printer, and a Snapfish gift card as part of my participation

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Shandi Turknett says:

Wow!! Amazing giveaway!!

These are awesome! I was just looking at the cost of something similar to this through shutterfly and it was so darn expensive! Here’s to hoping I win! 🙂

Lauri says:

Great items along with a great giveaway

Kelster says:

My living room is desperately in need of some wall art. I’d use the printer to do something like this.

Kimberly Dickey says:

Great idea! I may do this for my niece.

Miranda Ward says:

Since I am a Hobby Photographer I would print some of my work out and Decorate my home.. 🙂

Mish says:

Love to win this! Jayda is super adorable!

Bonnie Brace says:

Great idea, my kids would love doing this for their rooms!

Neatha says:

Not a bad giveaway at all I am thinking imma be lucky :p. Lil J is to cute….hopefully I will be having a girl this time so I can steal some of your dress patterns!

Neatha says:

But as for how I would use this……I would like to do a kind of shadow box using the back side of a canvas. The ones that have the wood in behind there. Paint it put the picture in and use the wood to hang a few cherished mementos in it.

Liz says:

How creative!

Faigie Walter says:

LOVE these photos!! I’m going to have to attempt this!

Brenda says:

Love to do some pictures of my daughters

Larissa says:

Would love to make some frameless photos!!

Mary Happymommy says:

I would use pictures of my kids to decorate my office walls.

Hope Robles says:

Such a simple project! Love simple.

Liz says:

I would print all the photos of my little ones I’ve been saving! And frame them. 🙂

Stef says:

I absolutely love this tutorial!! I would love to make these frameless pics to hang in my new home 🙂 So cute!

shelly says:

I would totally make frameless photos like this and print out photos for my scrapbook. Thanks for an awesome giveaway!

Paula says:

Oh my, Lil J is too Adorbs!!!
I need the HP products in my life asap 🙂
This post has inspired me to create more for the family! It’s all about documenting the moments!

Lindsey says:

Great giveaway! Love the idea of mounting photos on wood, I will have to try it. I would modpodge the top of the photo as well fo the extra protection of the image

Megan D. says:

I need more pictures on my walls and this is such a cute idea!

Mary Sue says:

With such adorable children you will be using this a lot…bet I can even learn to use it with my GRANDS!!! :>) MS

Mari Corona says:

Looks like another weekend project coming up 🙂
Thanks for share

Megan says:

What an awesome project. I’d love to try something similar!

Amber Zrust says:

OMG OMG! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to have this… I need a nice photo printer SO badly… and I love that it prints squares! I would have customer photos plastered all over my office!

Brooke says:

Would love this! We just purchased a new house and I only have two photos up … so shameful!

Kennie says:

Wow! Those are gorgeous photos! I would love to try something like this for my Petunia’s room!

Katelin Klug says:

We have had these shelves with pictures frames up for months but no pictures in them. 🙂 I would print some for that.

Jessica says:

This looks so easy that even I could do it! I just might try 🙂

Nichole says:

This is awesome! And gives me another idea for some 5×5 post cards I once got in Europe…

Deanna says:

I’d love to use the HP Envy to create a bedtime book for my toddler, kind of like a bedtime checklist.

Jessica E says:

Awesome giveaway..I’d use it to create wall art for my house-I have really been meaning to get more photos printed lately but just can’t get around to it. Being able to do it at home would help 😉

Merideth M says:

What a great idea! I’m going to try that in my little boy’s room

Sarah says:

I love this idea. I can never get it together to buy frames (how sad is that?), but we have so many pieces of wood around the house, lots of extra paint, and modge podge. Will put this on my “to-do” list!

Kari L Mazurek says:

I stumbled upon your blog today as I’m making a bow holder and your page came up first for me in my search. What a creative person you are and a treasure to your family. I love, love, love what you have done with the HP Envy making a book with your daughter. There are so many ideas with printing pictures, storybooks, anything to put on the wall. Love it.

Oph says:

Beautiful pictures!

Elena says:

I would decorate my son’s bedroom with his pictures

Tina says:

I will use the laptop and printer to create gifts for my grandparents, parents, sisters, inlaws, etc. With small kids, its hard to go wrong with custom photos as gifts.

Elana Kahn says:

I’d use it to print photos – I’m not as crafty as you are, so they’d go in store-bought frames. 🙂

Emily says:

I’ve seen this on Pinterest but haven’t tried it yet. Loved how they turned out! I think I would do this too!

Jennifer says:

I would love to make some frameless pictures of my kids!

Kristin says:

I would love to print out some of the awesome pictures I took this summer or maybe create a calendar to give as a Christmas present.

Jackie says:

I’d love to finish up my kids’ first year scrapbooks (I’m a little behind). But I’d love for my son to be able to draw and create with the Envy.

Anastasia b says:

We are homeschooling and don’t have a printer right now, can’t afford one yet, so this would be IMMENSELY helpful in printing our worksheets, word puzzles, handwriting copy, and fun projects for my preschooler! But besides that, I would definitely print some photos of my kids, I have so many and NOTHING printed, I love your idea too 🙂

Danielle says:

My computer list died! I need this laptop and printer so I can retrieve and print all of my photos!

Jeena Wilder says:

This would help me print out all the photos of my first one and get ready to print out photos of baby #2 coming in Dec!

Amber says:

Very cool!

Amber says:

We have a lot more wall space in our new house, so this would be a fun way to decorate and make it homey!

pamela eatherton says:

I would use it to make memories of my grandbabies

Tiana S. says:

I would use the laptop and printer to teach my new son and also to print out things for my nephews to help them learn.

Brittani says:

I’m so excited for this giveaway!!!

Katrina S. says:

I would use it to print many of my photos that have been trapped in my computer AND to help run my business!

Wow! How fun! I would use a new computer for all my fun projects and the printer, I might just have to make some cute wall art just like you! Thanks!

Amy Travis says:

I’m in need of a new printer! And wireless would
Be fabulous!! My boy turns 8 months next week and we are
So behind on printing out his pictures 🙁

Deandra chirpac says:

This is a great giveaway!

Iiona says:

A new printer, YES please! I was just talking to my husband about doing some canvas art for our kiddos rooms. Now I can do that and the frameless art without even having to print outside of the house 🙂

Thanks for this awesome giveaway

Thai Sanders says:

This would be a wonderful way to be creative and share with those who visit our home or office.

Jennae says:

First, I love this project. I have too many photos and not enough ideas for what to do with them, and this is a great option.

Second, wireless printers are the business! We have one, and I love being able to print from anywhere in the house from the desktop, or our phones or iPad.

Jennae says:

I pressed “submit” too fast. The HP Envy would be great for my kids, because they’ll be able to work on their own to do homework and even create artwork without my supervision (and without cutting into my work time on the desktop 🙂 )

Linnea says:

Working on some kiddie b-day cards, I’d use the printer for that!

Gina says:

Great giveaway!

Meg Loop says:

I would definitely use this for printed pics of my 10 month old!

Shayla Williams says:

I will use it to keep track of and print thousands of pics of my babies!!

Louly says:

I would love to do a bunch of photos on the stairs coming up, I think that would be adorable.

Sandy says:

I would definitely use this to create artwork for my girls’ room!

Samnang says:

We have lived in our house for almost 3 years and we still have yet to put a single photo on the walls! Winning this would definitely give me the push I need to get some great photos up.

mommasbacon says:

lots of family photos around the house!

Wow! what an awesome giveaway!! How do you get these opportunities?? And I think I may try this idea for some photos for my office at work!

Jess says:

Since I just had baby6 I would use it to print the hundreds of pictures we took as well as the thousands more to come 🙂

shaunie says:

We love to do crafts and take pictures so this will come in handy for photos and to make special projects to remember

Brittany says:

Cool giveaway! The pictures turned out great!

Camille E says:

I just had my first child and have been taking tons of pics – this would definitely come in handy!

Sarah says:

Exactly the same thing you did!!! 🙂

Melanie Montgomery says:

I wanna print out photos of my family

Amy says:

Having just moved I have so many ideas to add cute photo’s and quotes to my bare walls so I would for sure use it for those!!

Nona says:

I would use it to create this years Family Christmas cards!

Jessica says:

i have thousands of photos just WAITING to be printed! i’ve been hoping and praying my laptop would hold out long enough for me to get it all done . i could breathe a sigh relief if i won this giveaway (and invest in an external hard drive)!

Jessica Flygare says:

I print things ALL THE TIME! & it would be great to print out the photos of my children that I keep forgetting to order 🙂 I would love to win!

Alaine says:

I’d create some wall art for my son’s bedroom.

Amazing review! The video was so adorable; it should be used as a commercial. I am going to create the frameless artwork for my children’s room. I think it would add a great feel. Thanks for the tutorial and review!

Catie says:

I’ve been following your blog since I was pregnant with my first baby and you were pregnant with Lil J. It’s been a pleasure to watch your blog and your kiddos grow. Your little man is adorable. I was recently thinking about a new printer and am really considering the HP Envy All-in-One! Such a timely post for me. Thank you!

Tamara says:

I would use it to make some nice mission scrapbook pages for my brother 🙂

Bobbie says:

I would use this to print more photos of my baby so family would never have to wait for monthly prints from online companies

Grace says:

I like it when you have sponsors too. I would use this to print pictures of my 3 month old as he grows up. We’ve got tons on memories cards and it’s time to get them on paper.

Tiffany says:

I’d send pictures to family and friends.

Also, have you heard of this website

It might be a nice avenue for you to contribute writing to, you know since your blog doesn’t take up a lot of time, lol 😉

Rita says:

I would use this to print pictures! I have sooo many that need to be printed, but our current printer is terrible!

I love this idea! And would love a new printer to print more pictures for projects like this.

brittany schnieders says:

would love to have this to print pictures of my sons!

Stephanie Ann says:

I would love to print out pictures for my sister’s baby shower we are having in a few months!

Anne Younger says:

I keep telling myself that this is a project that I need to do but I keep putting it off. Maybe the HP Envy would finally motivate me to get it done!

Paige Stephens says:

I would make some artwork for above my bed. It’s desperate for something new!

Jacquie says:

I will definitely be printing out some photos for my kids rooms! I have a ton of pictures that I need to print out and frame for my mom ….. There is just so much I could with these new toys!

Myeasha says:

I would take take more family pics with this printer.

EColeman says:

Would def try this frameless photo art.

Anna says:

I really need a new laptop and printer. I’d love to try this!

AmyRyb says:

That’s fun! I love little simple DIY projects that can make me smile as I walk through my house!

eve says:

I’d print family photos and fill up those blank spaces on our walls!

Lena says:

GREAT Giveaway, and great project idea.. this will also look great on canvas boards using mod podge glue 🙂

AC says:

Man I hope my pictures come out as beautiful as Jennifer’s always are.

I’d create a scrapbook!

Sharon says:

I’d create photobooks for family and friends!

Thank you!

Korissa says:

I will use this to capture all the moments of bringing our new addition to the family in November

Jessica says:

I love how you did those pictures! I love to make photobooks!

Allisa latham says:

I love the pictures you chose! You’re so crafty! I’ll have to do something similar.

Allisa latham says:

Oh and your hair! LOVE your hair!

Kelli Maurer says:

These are very nice! We are looking to buy a new laptop and printer and haven’t yet….there’s just so many choices! I have a 18 month son and we take lots of pictures. This would be a neat way to keep up with his growing. 🙂

Christine T says:

I would use this to actually print some of the millions of pictures I have taken of my 6 month old!

Christine says:

How fun to see your curls! 🙂

Quiana says:

I’d use it print a mini-photo book for my daughter’s grandparents!

Corrie says:

I have so many photos I would love to display this way!

Laura Jacobson says:

Oh I would love to use the HP Envy to create to make birthday invitations for Carters upcoming birthday! Would be so fun to put his picture in them and create something fun! I have so many pictures that I would love to put into an album…so would be fun to create scrapbook type pages with it!

elaine says:

print some posters!

Keuana says:

Decorate my home

Jessie C. says:

I would make wall art with our camping trip photos

Nataly Carbonell says:

I’d work on my photo editing skills and make cool designs 🙂

Oh this would be awesome to win, I can make wall art of my pics!

Yolonda says:

Pictures are beautiful would love to win this.

Sol says:

I’d use it to catch up on filling up my walls with some great photos.

Tanya G says:

Wow, looks like another fun gadget I can learn to play with…probably much longer than I should 😉

What a GREAT giveaway! If I win I will use the computer to organize my ever growing photograph collection, including ancestors, and print the best ones out as wall art, like those great photos in your tutorial! BTW… I forgot to put my blog address on my earlier comments to you. I am going to write my first tutorial, hopefully tomorrow, on making indestructible, reusable, shopping bags out of Tyvek dogfood, catfood or other animal feed bag. The Tyvek bags really are indestructible, and I learned a few tricks to make them easier to make. I’m excited to write my very first tutorial. Having a newer computer would also help me blog more effectively, and someday maybe start a podcast.

SuZ says:

Whoa, seriously! This is a great giveaway!! I would use the computer to start being more organized and I would use the printer to FINALLY print out all those amazing pictures of my daughters I have waiting to be printed out! 🙂 I would love some of these frameless pictures hanging on my wall! 🙂

Hanna says:

I love how your project came out! I’ve always wanted to make little notecards with my kid’s pictures on them, so I would give that a try with these great machines.

LaShawn says:

i would love to win this since my own laptop is dying and I really would love to print out some of my photos at home!!! Great giveaway!

Alicia says:

I would finally print out some pictures of my younger daughter and our updated family. I am seriously behind.

Seana says:

I would use this in our school room at our new house! how nice to have a computer and printer right there when i need it. What an awesome give away!

Lizzy says:

I have enjoyed reading your blog. Thank you for the contest too!

Ashley says:

Love it! So cute!

Samantha says:

Just what my twiners need!

Christa says:

I want to make my own photo books!

Calleah says:

I have so many projects that require a printer… I’ve recently started getting into prints of art. I also make my own 300 dpi logos/business cards/etc. This would be perfect for it!

i’d love to use the printer to make this craft! It would be fun to modge-podge a table with photos too.

Mary Pool says:

I have so many photos that have not been printed, just waiting to decorate my walls! I’d love to use this printer to get those projects going! Also, my daughters are very artistic and love printing out their digital artwork – it would be fun for them to print on a quality printer! And the laptop…swoon! I’ve been needing one for ages. What a great giveaway! Thanks HP for sponsoring BMM!!

Laura says:

Very cool giveaway! First computer was an HP – I loved it. Am in desperate need of a second lap top 😉

Laura says:

What a fun thing to be able to giveaway! I need a new laptop!!

Deidrea H. says:

I think this will be for my KIDS to create & play educational games.

Betiqua Cuspert says:

I have over 1,000+ pics of my only child. I back them up on an external hard drive but I would love to be able to print them out and frame them or make a picture book. Its so true what they say about babies growing up so fast. He’s turning 2 but sometimes i miss him when he was younger.

Laura says:

Ha ha! I didn’t read what we were suppose to say. I’d print off pics of my girls for family so I wouldn’t have to order every single one from the store!

Sandra says:

I would use it to print out family photos.

Kim Ripley says:

I will use it to print out photos of my family.

Shel says:

To create wall art of my beautiful son 🙂

I would love this to create a photo wall in my new house.

Tabathia B says:

I would make black and white and sepia collage photos of my kids in chronological order for my hallway

Felicia says:

I would use this for all my Girl Scout stuff!! I’m a GS LEADER!! 🙂

Heather says:

Love this giveaway and your blog! Would love to win!

Breanna says:

I’ve read (and loved!) your blog for a few years and this will be my first giveaway EVER entered! I’m in need of a computer! :/

Heather says:

I’d love to print photos like you did. I definitely need to upgrade my laptop & printer to do that!

Jessica says:

I would use it to create for my daughter’s “big girl” room

Julia Figueroa says:

I would use this to save & print all of my son’s baby pictures. I lost a lot of his pictures when he was younger. This would be a great birthday gift for me.

Photo art is brilliant. Every day work from home is easier with good quality tools too!

Denisha W says:

that is so awesome. my son and i would love that since he wants to be a photographer… great for decorating my bare walls

jote says:

I am much more of a lurker than a commentor, but I have been keeping up with you for a few years and its really fun to learn about your journey

Pretty cool! I would love to use this to do something similar to what you did. I’ve got the most beautiful little baby girl who I love to photograph! I’d love to have something so cool to actually do something with the photos.

Brittany D says:

This will be great for the clothes I am designing for Brielle!!

Pam h says:

I’m a struggling photographer, I just can’t seem to charge people what I need to too make an extra income. I have three beautiful children. One of school has special needs and I would love to use this to expand what I can do as a photographer and eventually become a photographer specializing in photos of children who have special needs and they’re families. Sometimes they can’t go to a photo studio due to the child’s needs. I’d love be able to create lasting memories.

Ali Ellsworth says:

I love the idea of using wood instead of canvas

Katie Contests says:

I’d use it to create presentations for my grad degree!

Jennifer says:

Love the frameless pictures!

Sumo says:

Does blogging count as creating? Because my computer is on the way out! 🙂 I also print a lot of patterns and printables to decorate my home with, so this would be fantastic!

Natalie says:

I would use it to print pictures and make scrapbooks and for school projects!

jules p says:

i would love it to make those fancy photograph books. that would be so neat

Laura C. says:

I would love to put some pictures up around my house. As of now there’s one a single photo on the wall and I’ve been living at my house for 2 years. I need this bad! Awesome giveaway. Thank you for the chance.

This would be for my son. Hr just started junior hi and is now doing many assignments and projects online. It would be great for him to have his own computer setup so he doesn’t need to use mine all the time!

Jennifer J K says:

I’d use it at home and for school (work).

carol roberts clark says:

id use it to create a collage of what my son takes he loves the camera and he likes to film things the other day i was up loading his pic’s up and i had like 10 or so films and he was saying cut i was like wow blew my mind so i think ill be getting him a mini camcorder this year for christmas

Ange says:

First, I want to say that I LOVE your blog! You have a gorgeous family and thatnks for sharing your life with us. 🙂

Being a teacher, I could find many uses for the HP products. The first thing that comes to mind is downloading educational apps and games on the tablet for my students to use in class. I would definitely use the printer to create cute decor for my room and fun, personalized activities for my students.

Angel says:

I would use it for pictures and school stuff. It would be a huge blessing as my computer needs to be replaced but I am unable to afford a new one with having had another baby this year

Sarah R says:

I think I would copy you and make some of my own frameless photos. 🙂

Jenny says:

I would use it for inspirational quotes and beautiful pictures – to hang on my wall! 🙂 Awesome giveaway.

LaVonda Kent-Pearson says:

I would used the printer for my scrapbooking projects and to created memories of my first baby due in October!!!

Rose White says:

I would use it to make cute wall art for my daughters room.

I would use this to copy and print PDF patterns for my crafts!

Smitty Ward says:

I would print Photos of my kids!

Wendy says:

Love this idea.

Crista says:

I love HP! My laptop recently died, and along with it my ability to edit photos. Winning would mean being able to again!

Sreya says:

I really appreciate the creativity in this project. I’m going to try it also!
Thank you!

Brenda LW says:

What a great idea, and the pictures came out adorable! I’m living in the dinosaur era still- 7yr.old desktop. We are also expecting our first grandchild soon (!!!) Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

Kelli Solomon says:

I would love to make some of these frameless pics with my newborns pictures! What a great giveaway 🙂

Shanna says:

I love this project! If I won this giveaway I would use it to fill our new nursery with awesome projects! We have a one year old daughter and a little man due to arrive 11/30/2013 (I know so close lol) They are set to share a neutral nursery this would soooo help in filling it with love! Thanks for such a great giveaway!

Kortney says:

I would make some lovely pictures for my wall! I would really love to win this giveaway! Could really use it!

Natasha says:

I love printing all sorts of crafts and would use this to print more custom artwork for my walls. On top of that I am a college student and need a reliable printer setup.

Krystal D. says:

I would use this to print photos of my four beautiful girls. Thank you!

Lauren cudjoe says:

I would use these items to be creative with my little ones like you are with yours! 🙂

Alisha L. says:

I would use this to create a collage for our master bedroom of my adorable boys 🙂

This is the perfect set, to capture my families memories.

I would use it to create beautiful photos for my walls and family of my kids

Pia Davis says:

A sense a project in my future!

Hannah says:

Awesome! I’d love to try this. I hope I win. 🙂

I would use the HP Envy to create photobooks for my family members out of town and more wall art for my home of my 2 little boys 🙂 It’d be great fun for all of us.

My son just turned two and I’d use the HP to help create a photo book of his second year!

Amber says:

What a beautiful video! I’d use the HP Envy to bring to life the photos that are currently frozen in my portable scrapbook, aka my laptop!

Rebecca says:

I loved this blog post! I would use it to create photo books. I currently have a laptop, but it is big and difficult to lug around. = ]

Christine says:

I would use the HP Envy to print pictures of our trip to the Great Sand Dunes.

I’m try’na win this! Can you imagine how beautiful my home and my office is bout to be!!!! Plus, I will save a ton on school pictures ;).

Brooke Ann says:

These pictures look great!! I would love being able to change photos in my house more often! The HP Envy would be great for that!

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