Photo Murals for Your Ceiling! Whoa!
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Water stains. Ceiling tiles. All those pencils you stuck up there.
So many evils can mar your ceiling. But take heart, photo peeps!
Your ceiling’s not the boss of you.
Cover that water damage with a colorful mural, or slap a collage of fluffy clouds over those grimy ceiling tiles.
All ya need to make it happen are some photo Post-its and a stepstool.
Yessir, everything’s looking up!
p.s. Hey Chicago! Hey Milwaukee! Photojojo readers are gettin’ together to shoot pix. Check out the forum thread for dates/times/mucho bueno info!
What To Put On Your Ceiling
Go out into the world, look up, and find something interesting to photograph, like:
- Fluffy clouds and blue sky
- Looking up into a grove of trees
- A cathedral ceiling
- Looking up at skyscrapers
- A spiral staircase viewed from the bottom
Or declare Opposite Day! Look down at a lush field of grass, or your sneakers on a gritty sidewalk. Call it an homage to Fred Astaire dancing on the ceiling.
What Youâ€™ll Need
- Post-it Picture Paper (or photo paper and Glue Dots or double-stick tape)
- Large piece of poster board
- Ladder or stepstool
Step 1: Shoot Out!
Once youâ€™ve found a subject, do what we like to call panography. Shoot a big ol’ panorama while moving your lens in all directions, but without moving from your position.
The more your shots overlap, the easier itâ€™ll be to assemble your collage later.
Make sure you cover every spot with at least one picture, and don’t forget less interesting, “blank” areas. If you leave a shot out, you’ll have a hole in your final piece and no way to fill it!
Step 2: Print the Photos
Print all your collage photos onto Post-it Picture Paper (it’s photo paper with adhesive on the back, but photo paper and double-stick tape would work too).
Use the 4″ x 6″ size for smaller constructions, or use the 8 1/2″ x 11″ size for really large murals.
Step 3: Assemble the Mural
Start the collage from the center of the picture and work outward for best results. Overlap the photos as needed to reassemble the panorama (and to keep them all together).
Step 4: Stick ‘Em Up
If the collage is relatively small, you can hop on the stepladder and put it up yourself. If it’s large, have a hapless minion help you stick it to the ceiling.
Stick the collage to the ceiling by starting in the middle and working your outwards, to avoid bubbles. Make sure all the edges are stuck down well.
Care and Feeding
If you hang your mural in a fairly dry room (not the kitchen or bathroom), it should stay up for at least a few months. You can always stick stray corners back up with removable adhesive or double-stick tape.
When it starts to peel or come loose, itâ€™s time to make a brand-new mural!
Perhaps a grassy meadow takes your fancy, or manhole covers, or bare feet in a mountain stream. Or induce vertigo with a photo of a city from high aboveâ€”the options are limitless.
Protect your work by slipping your floor collage under a clear plastic chair mat, or accept it as a temporary luxury and tape it down with clear packing tape. Itâ€™ll look great while it lasts!
- Take collages from underneath the trees near your house in different seasons (cherry blossoms in spring, maple trees in fall). Relax under the lush green canopy and change your ceiling murals with the passing seasons.
- If you see a ceiling you like at somebodyâ€™s fancy renovated house (like pressed tin or real wooden beams) steal it with your camera and put it up at your place.