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diy project: kat geiger’s modern family photos

by Grace Bonney

today’s first diy project comes from kat geiger of design spunk and green under glass. having “always had a difficulty admiring family photos in general”, kat was longing for a way to showcase her family photos that would “capture the soul” of her family. “plastered smiles, perfect hair, they simply aren’t us” she explained.

for the past several years, kat has been working with mixed media collage, and thought it would be fun to incorporate real people she knew into her work. then it dawned on her- this would be a great way to solve her family photo dilemma. while cleaning out her grandmother’s house, kat found an old thesaurus she used during college and decided to incorporated it into her new ‘family photo’.

using glue, a paint brush, her old encyclopedia and some household crafting materials, kat created this updated spin on a family photo. i love the final result and think it’s such a fun and clever way to showcase your family photos without falling prey to the “plastered smiles and perfect hair” that sometimes plague traditional portraits.

CLICK HERE for kat’s full project instructions and to create your own modern family photo!

Kat Geiger’s Modern Family Photos
by Kat Geiger of design spunk and green under glass


-Wood or canvas of desired size
-white glue
-paint brush
-meaningful up-cycled book
-family photo
-x-acto knife.


1. Painstakingly cut each family member from a larger snapshot using x-acto knife and set aside.

2. Tear pages from book.

3. One at a time paint the backs of the pages with glue, adhering them to canvas or wood surface until entire surface is covered.

4.Allow to dry overnight.

5. Next, carefully paint backs of snapshot cut outs with white glue and place on top of book pages where desired.

6. Adding other paper cut-outs and shapes to these projects can be fun too. (Being a fan of negative space, I was inclined to leave the rest of the piece blank.)

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