Windowsill Collage

A simple houseplant becomes the ideal photo display by adding a few curlicued wire holders.
Tall picture sticks with draping ivy create an artful arrangement.

In an hour or two, you can create this sweet, simple photo collage for any room of the house. The 7-inch classic cast-iron urn with a drape of ivy shown here is the perfect size to serve as a base -- large enough to be stable, but not so large as to overwhelm the photos.

You can easily find the supplies for the curlicues at home centers, craft stores, and hardware stores.

What You Need:

  • Plant in sturdy base as desired
  • Spool of 16-gauge wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Needle-nose pliers


Just a few twists turn the wire strand into a picture holder.

1. Cut the wire in lengths from 12 to 16 inches, one for each photo.

2. Grip the end of a length of wire with the pliers and curl the wire three times around the tip of the pliers.

3. Bend about an inch of the straight end of the wire back on itself in a curve, like one end of a paper clip. This will help to stabilize the wire when you put it in the soil.

4. Slip a photo into each curlicue and press the wire lightly to hold the photo in place. Insert the wires into the soil and bend them so the images are at varying heights and fan out without overlapping each other too much.

More Ideas:

  • Paint the curlicued wire silver or gold for the holidays and put picture-holiday cards on display.
  • Use a brightly colored pot, paint the wires bright colors and display children's school photos.
  • In a long, narrow planter, grow oat grass, and use wires of all the same height -- like flowers of photos growing up in the grass.
  • Instead of curlicues, bend wire into different shapes -- a "V" or a zig-zag, for example. Just play with the wire until you create a look that you like.


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