Whether it's your favorite LOL cat, an outrageous selfie or a treasured portrait of a loved one, some photos beg to be displayed. If you don't want to go to the trouble of putting it in a frame, affixing your photo to the wall in a way that keeps it flat and doesn't damage the wall can be tricky. There's more than one way to do it, while keeping the photo pristine enough for your scrapbook.
The Sticky Stuff
If you want to stick your photos directly to the wall, you're going to need something sticky to do it because you may not want holes in the photo from using pins. Nonpermanent spray adhesive is the best sticky option -- after coating the back of your photo and pressing it to the wall, the photo should remain there until you take it down. Poster putty and painter's tape don't make the back of the photo sticky, but use on corners so the photo paper doesn't curl when the air gets humid.
Use a Backing
An easy way to give your photo more definition without framing it is to adhere it to a card stock or foam backing that's slightly wider and longer than the photo itself. You can then attach the backing to the wall by any appropriate means without fear of damaging the photo. One idea is to staple a piece of string to the backing and hang the photo on a pin, as if it were a picture. If you have several photos you want to hang, attach a length of string to the wall with pins and hang the photos from the string with paper clips or decorative clothes pins.
CD Case Enclosures
If you've converted your CD collection to digital format and no longer need the CDs, their plastic cases can come in handy. Each one is just the right size for most photos. If you place your favorite photo on a piece of cardboard and put both into the case, the round plastic disk holder will push the photo against the plastic when you close the case. Hang the CD case with picture mounting tape, which is a putty-like strip that sticks to hard surfaces but comes loose when you stretch it.
Taking the Photos Down
Whether you own your home or rent one, you don't want any evidence of your photos to remain after you take them down. This is the main reason why you shouldn't hang them with cellophane tape or regular masking tape; these tapes leave marks and can pull paint off the wall when you remove them. Pin holes in the wall, on the other hand, are easy to fix. Simply fill them with joint compound -- or even toothpaste -- then wipe off the excess with a damp paper towel, and the holes disappear. To remove mounting tape, simply grasp it at the bottom, pull down to stretch it, and it comes right off without leaving a mark.