Solution: a “magnetic wall” you can hang the photos on by means of magnets (like on a refrigerator door) and keep “unused” photos in folders when you change pictures on your wall.
I think this project suits well for “Make It Stick” contest because almost all you have to do here is gluing and sticking various adhesive things. So let’s start and remember the rule number one: don’t let your adhesives stick where you don’t want them to – this can ruin all your work!
Step 1: Find a Wall for Your Project, Prepare the Tools
Thin sheets of a ferromagnetic metal (a metal that is attracted by magnets – iron, not aluminum). I didn’t find them in the store so I had to destroy a 120x80 cm office white board.
Contact cement (I bought a 1-liter can); a brush; thin (not padded) double-sided adhesive tape; self adhesive wallpaper for finish; a spirit level; rulers; pencils; magnets and/or flexible magnetic strip to fix your photos when everything is done.
And things I’ve forgotten to take pictures of: polystyrene profiles or narrow wooden planks for the border, scissors and cutters, thinner to clean the brush etc.
Step 2: Mark the Area
Mark your area on the wall with a pencil. Use a spirit level. A tip (and one more use of adhesives): I don’t have a long spirit level, so I temporarily attached my level to a long ruler with double-sided adhesive tape.
Step 3: Prepare the Metal Sheets
Cut the sheets according to your drawing. Use straight scissors, don’t let the metal bend and fold as you cut it. Don’t cut your hands on the sharp edges (I did)! Prepare the surface of the wall – it should be flat.
Step 4: Glue the Metal Sheets to the Wall
I think it’s unnecessary to mention that you should put something under the sheets when you apply the cement (well, I’ve just mentioned it).
A tip: don’t let the glue dry on your brush. If you have to make a break, leave the brush in the can using a piece of thick wire (see the drawing).
The surface of my magnetic wall was a little less than 2 square meters (about 20 square feet) and it took more than a half of a one liter can of contact cement.
Step 5: Attach Self-adhesive Wallpaper
When you apply the adhesive wallpaper, start from one corner; press your hand in diagonal direction gradually removing the paper substrate. If there are some air “bubbles” under the wallpaper, remove them making holes with a pin near a “bubble” edge to let the air out. If you have to attach a number of overlapping wallpaper sheets, the edge of the upper sheet must look in the direction of the light (window), or else it will cast a shadow.
And of course, do it together with somebody!
Step 6: Make a Frame for the Borders
I hope there is some instructable on making frame corners because the corners I made are far from perfect… Nevertheless I was quite satisfied with the result. Important: before you attach the last plank, make sure that the corners it should connect (of the planks already attached) lie on a vertical (or horizontal) line, not at some angle.
Step 7: It's Done!
That’s all! I hope you enjoyed my instructable. Good luck!