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Dorm Room Wall Decor – A Gallery Wall Using Photos from Home

It’s really fun to add some dorm room wall decor using photos from home. They make being away from home for the first time a little easier to handle.

My daughter created this gallery wall in her room at her sorority house using photos that she got from the internet and photos of her family and friends.

These canvases are really lightweight and easy to hang using command strips or nails, whatever the requirements are for your dorm.

Progress shots of DIY Dorm Room Wall Decor.

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Dorm Room Wall Decor

The first thing you need is photos printed of your family, friends, or just things you love. My daughter prints everything at our local Walgreens.

Other Materials

  • Two Part Epoxy Resin – We got this one from Amazon and were able to do 8 canvases in all.
  • Blank Canvas
  • Mod Podge – this is an essential product for crafters, I feel like I buy it by the gallon if possible!
  • Foam brushes – another essential for crafting. They are super cheap so you don’t feel bad about throwing them away
  • Cardboard or drop cloth – to keep your surfaces from getting ruined.
  • plastic cups – we used these small solo cups leftover from a party.
  • Your Choice of Colored Glitter – we used gold
This is the two-part epoxy resin  used to create this project.
This shows the canvas, mod podge and some photos for the project.

Step 1 – lay out the photos and decide what the final product will look like

Take all your photos and lay them out on the canvases. Make sure you like the way they all look.

When you have that finished take a picture of each canvas with your phone so you can easily reference it later.

Step 2 – adhere the photos to the canvas

Now that you have them laid out how you want them, take the photos off and put a layer of mod podge on the blank canvas. Put the photos back on the canvas, using the photo you took to remember exactly how you want them.

My daughter is applying mod podge to the blank canvas.
Here my daughter is putting the photos on the canvas after the first coat of mod podge.

Once you have the photos down put another layer of mod podge over the photos to adhere them. Don’t worry if it looks cloudy, the mod podge will dry clear. Here is what ours looked like before drying clear.

This shows the photos on the canvas with the second coat of mod podge looking milky before it dries clear.

Step 3 – Mix the epoxy and add to the canvas

Follow the directions on your package of resin. Our packaging had us mix equal parts together before pouring it onto the canvas.

We used a plastic cup to mix ours (with a plastic spoon). We also added glitter to the resin mixture at this point. Adding glitter is completely optional.

This is the two part epoxy mixed in a plastic cup with some gold glitter added.

To keep the canvases from sticking to the cardboard we elevated each canvas with plastic cups turned upside down.

Now pour the mixture of resin and hardener onto the canvas and spread around with the foam brush. Make sure you get the sides of the canvas.

My daughter is pouring the epoxy mixture on top of the pictures.
My daughter is spreading the epoxy across the canvas with a foam brush.
She is finishing up the epoxy while the other canvases are left to dry.
Final spreading of the epoxy on the last canvas.

Allow to dry fully per the directions on your resin package.

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The final product

Here is the final product! I love the shininess and addition of the glitter. This makes the canvas of photos look more professional. Everyone in Erin’s sorority loved them so much they had her make some for them too!

Due to the pandemic I was unable to go into her room once she got it decorated so she took a few photos with her phone so you could see them hung up in her room.

Here are 6 canvases on the wall of her room showing the photos.
Here is the gallery wall of 6 canvases with personal photos.
This is my daughters corner of her room above her bed with leopard print wallpaper, a neon sign with an E and the gallery wall of canvases.

Other College Dorm Room Posts:

DIY Dorm Room Wall Decor Pin for Pinterest.

I hope you love the dorm room wall decor we created with photos from home. She feels so much more comfortable with her friends and family photos being close.

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