Thrift Store Game Board Photo Display

I’m so excited to be joining the fabulous Kristen Duke for an amazing series called Decorating with Pictures which includes over 50 different contributors sharing some incredible ideas for creatively incorporating your family’s photos into your decor.

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AND there’s a different giveaway happening each day so you will want to be sure to click HERE to enter to win today’s awesome prize!

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You know, lately I’ve found myself in a season of transition. My kids keep doing this thing that is driving me crazy and causing tears to well up in my eyes at any given moment.  But I’m powerless to stop it from happening.

They keep growing up. Seriously, they have some nerve doing that! And, just to add insult to injury, many of the spaces in our home are having to grow up right along with them.

What once was a play-room filled with a wooden train table and a little red play kitchen and a floor covered in matchbox cars and stuffed animals has now grown up into a game room complete with Foosball table, dart board, art desk, TV and video games.

Although there are still the occasional stuffed animals strewn about.

Since I can’t seem to stop this whole growing up business I’m just going to have to get on board with it…literally! I thought it would be fun to embrace the whole “game room” feel and create some unique ways to display photos of those rascals who keep getting bigger.

game board kids photo display

I picked up old games at thrift stores making sure that the game boards were in good shape and that the color palette would work with the room.

In order to attach the photos to the board I simply used a thumbtack and a binder clip. It will be fun to switch them out even if I might cry each time I put up a new school picture.


clip holding photo on game board

While I was sniffling I decided to add some special words to the game boards. Words that describe these people I love with every fiber of my being.

Words that I hope they will read and feel affirmed.

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Affirmed knowing we see them.

We see their personalities and their quirks and all of the gifts and abilities God has given them.

And in our house we count a good sense of humor as a talent AND an ability! ;-)

personalizing game board photos

We think it’s important to not only tell our kids HOW much we love them but also WHAT we love about them.

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But, at the end of the day, what we love most about them is that they made us a family.

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I’ll be sharing more in the coming weeks about this room that is growing up right along with my kids so stay tuned. And don’t forget to head over to Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke for all of the fantastic ideas and inspiration in this series!

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  1. This is a fabulous idea and oh I hear you about the sniffing/tears. My kids are all grown up but at times I still get teary when they do or say something that reminds me of when they were little. Wonderful idea for a series too!
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  2. How fun!! And yes, I wish they would stop getting so big right before our eyes. I love this idea and what a great series. Pinning! xo
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  3. What a super cute idea…love it!!
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  4. What a great idea! I have a few old game boards I’ve been hoarding just waiting on the right inspiration for what to do with them :)
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  5. Vanessa – this is ahhhhmazing! Perfect for a game room! I know what you mean about them growing up – you just want time to stand still sometimes! Enjoy each moment of each season – they’re all fun! We’re getting ready for our oldest son’s wedding this fall – and it doesn’t seem possible! I’ve been very sentimental lately looking through all the family photos and I’m sure I’ll shed a few happy tears on the big day!
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  6. Such a fun idea! No kids of my own to do this with but I could surprise some of the moms I know with them!

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  7. What a fun idea!!! I need to clean out our games. So many not being played with 15 and 17 year olds. Some not worth saving, but the boards would be perfect for this in the bonus room! Thanks for such a fun idea!! ~Christy

  8. This is so cute! What a great way to remember your kids favorite games at different ages too! We might have to do this in our playroom : )
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  9. These are the greatest!…You have inspired me to make one for my special little girl!!…
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  10. THese are adorable!! LOVE!
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  11. Very cool.. I’ve only decorated with the Ouija Board (for Halloween)… not family photo material(!) but your project has me thinking!
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  12. I completely empathize with you Vanessa!! My oldest is in 2nd year military college and I tear up all the time remembering building sand castles on the beach with him as a baby and watching him play ‘golf’ in our backyard with those little plastic toy golf clubs!! Our youngest is 14, talks about the career he is dreaming of and getting more grown up too. They will always be your babies and they will always love to be treasured as your little darling babies too! Love your photo display – very clever!! ~ Heather
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  13. Hi – Over here from Kristen’s blog, and I adore this idea! What game is that last one from? I know I know it, but just can’t think of it!


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