6 Family Photo Display Alternatives That Are as Clever as They Are Stylish

published Feb 26, 2020
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When it comes to translating memories into tangible pieces of decor, it can be hard to reconcile your personal style with your desire to showcase your family. Wall decals and fridges might not go with your minimalist aesthetic, but luckily, those aren’t your only options. If you’re willing to get creative with how you choose to commemorate special occasions and all those good times had, read on for six family photo display ideas.

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Family Dolls

Take your group portrait from the canvas to a more playful medium. These soft miniature dolls are crafted with a mix of new and recycled vintage textiles and can be customized to emulate every member of your family.

Buy: Timo Handmade Family Portrait Dolls, $82 from Etsy

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Custom Portraits

Capture your family (pets, included!) by way of these quirky, personalized illustrations. If this style doesn’t quite fit your taste, you’ll find an array of alternatives on Etsy, from watercolors to something cartoony that’s closer to “The Simpsons”.

Buy: Lauryn Green Custom Portraits, Starting at $94.87 from Etsy

Catchall Hardcover Books

Do you have an arsenal of drawings your little ones made that you want to hang on to, but can’t find the space to house it? Artifact Uprising’s photo books are the way to do it. With today’s iPhones, you can also digitalize children’s artwork, commemorative letters, ticket stubs, and various other 3D items in these photo books. And the cloth covers and printed dust jackets are certainly also coffee table and shelfie worthy.

Buy: Hardcover Photo Book, Starting at $69 from Artifact Uprising

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Honoring Recipes

Zehr Design Co. allows you to preserve beloved family recipes by transforming them into sleek serving plates or platters. Prop one up in the kitchen next to the stove for easy reference or use it as a spoon rest—the possibilities are nearly endless.

Buy: Zehr Design Co. Personalized Recipe Plate, $66 from Etsy

Rotating Print Box

If you don’t have the shelf space to arrange all your picture frames, this display box is a great option. Think of it as an album and a frame, all in one. You can stash up to 50 photos in the box and swap the feature image at your whim.

Buy: Brass & Wood Display Box, Starting at $55 from Artifact Uprising

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World Map

Celebrate your family’s love for travel with this clever cork map. Take mini Polaroids, tickets, and anything else from your trips or vacations and pin them to their corresponding local. This makes for a great way to show off your memories as well as all the amazing places you’ve been.

Buy: GaDen Map, Starting at $99 from Etsy