A DIY Photobox Project, Review & Giveaway!

For ages now I’ve felt saddened by the bareness of the head of my oldest girls bed. She claims the top bunk in the bedroom that she shares with her two-year-old sister, and as Belles Disney dolls and mega blocks dominate the ground area of the bedroom; I feel that this is the only space that Ellie can really put a stamp on to make her own. So I figured I give her that stamp.

I’ve been lucky to work with Photobox before, and this time I was sent a beautiful set of 36 retro prints in a magnetic box & there’s just something about a polaroid style photo that fires you right back into yester years.


The photo prints are just the most amazing quality. I just love them and they are going to look absolutely perfect on the project I have in mind.


Along with the photo prints, I ordered some ping pong balls from eBay {stay with me} and popped into B&M to buy a set of 50 rice lights {I picked them up for £4.99}. Once the ping pong balls finally arrived {I really should check where they’re being mailed from because China is FAR!} I was able to put my vision to work.

I basically poked a little hole into each ping pong ball and popped the rice light into the ball & continued until all the lights where covered. I have to admit though, they looked fabulous and I adored how the ping pong balls made the lights to much softer, and less harsh.

So with my lights all made and ready to go, I got to work on my plan for above my girl’s bed. With a little imagination and let the vision unravel before me, {with the help of some delicious purple polka dotted washi tape}…the lights where up! Now all I needed was my little pegs & to hang up some photos.

I absolutely love it & I love that my girl loves it too! She’s got all kinds of wonderful memories above her bed now; from our Haven holiday, our holiday with Eurocamp earlier this year, the time we went down the BIG ONE at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, times with family, time with friends and more. I will never forget the smile on her face as she just sat looking at them all.

I picked up the super sweet mini pegs from eBay, and I chose powder blue {Ellie’s favourite colour} and white. I think they match beautifully.

So there you go. My latest little DIY project for my girl’s room. I have a feeling over the years, as my girls grow there’ll be more little projects being done. But for now, I couldn’t be more content, that my daughter loves her fairy lit memory wall.


Disclosure: I was sent a box of 36 retro prints for the purpose of my review post, all thoughts, photos and opinions are my own. 



  1. Nicola B
    26/08/2015 / 12:25 AM

    That looks amazing! I love it, want to make my own, need (?) to do it!!! Such a great idea and they’ll get more out of that than from a photobook.

    • 26/08/2015 / 7:49 AM

      Thanks so much Nicola. We have LOADS of photobooks just sitting on shelves. This way the photos can be changed every so often. I like that!

  2. BloggerMummyLauren
    26/08/2015 / 9:26 AM

    That looks fab! She’s lucky to have a mum with good vision, I would never have thought to stick lights in to ping pong balls like that but it works so well!

  3. Christine Kenny
    26/08/2015 / 9:39 AM

    This is such a cute idea. I never even thought that you could use ping pong balls for such a pretty decoration. Just a question (since i’m pretty blonde when it comes to this), would the lights not get a bit too hot and sort of melt the ping pong balls. Only reason i’m asking is coz i’m so trying it this weekend…

    Thanks for sharing

    • 27/08/2015 / 7:27 AM

      Good question and no the lights don’t get to hot to cause this damage, as that would be a real fire hazard huh! The rice lights don’t get very warm and they’re never left on overnight.

  4. 26/08/2015 / 10:04 AM

    such a clever idea this looks brilliant well done! I especially love the ping pong balls and polaroid style photos! #mmwbh

  5. Emma's Mamma
    26/08/2015 / 10:09 AM

    Wow what a lovely idea! I would have never thought to use pingpong balls – how clever! The photos look great 🙂 #MMWBH

  6. 26/08/2015 / 11:13 AM

    This is a lovely addition to your daughters’ room! The pictures being polaroid are my favorite. It’s amazing what you can do with some pingpong balls, lights, and a bit of imagination. Thank you for sharing this on #mmwbh! Lovely of you to host us this week 🙂 Have a great rest of the day.

  7. 26/08/2015 / 4:09 PM

    This really cool I bet she loves it! #MMWBH

  8. Rebecca U
    26/08/2015 / 4:17 PM

    I’ve seen things like this on Pinterest and I love it – yours looks fab! Love the polaroid style prints #MMWBH

  9. Mummy's Blog
    26/08/2015 / 5:13 PM

    I love it, and your ping pong ball lights are so clever!

  10. Harry's Honest Mummy
    26/08/2015 / 5:50 PM

    That is such a simple idea that looks fantastic! Even as someone who has no creative skills I think I could manage this one so thank you for sharing this idea. #MMWBH

    • 26/08/2015 / 11:09 PM

      Thank you! I was really pleased how it all came together.

  11. becca farrelly
    26/08/2015 / 10:03 PM

    Lovely! I wish i was more creative with things like this. I love the homemade lights and what a great way for your daughter to personalise her own space with various pictures. I may have to do this for my daughter when she gets a bit older! 🙂

    • 26/08/2015 / 11:10 PM

      I think having a photo wall is the most perfect thing for a girl heading face first into her teens, lol! Thanks!

  12. Nikki Frank-Hamilton
    27/08/2015 / 5:24 AM

    This is the absolute coolest! I love how the lights turned out and the clothes pins holding the photos! Just awesome. She has to be saying you are the coolest mom ever!!!

    • 27/08/2015 / 7:25 AM

      Haha, she was actually – thank you! It was a fun project to do!

  13. 28/08/2015 / 6:23 PM

    Ohh, I recently got some Polaroid style prints in the post too and wanted to do something similar – we already have a “photo wall” like this above our fish tank with normal photos, so I think something like this would be nice for our little “family” nook we have in the living room. Love your little DIY hack; very clever! Ray xx #mmwbh

  14. 30/08/2015 / 6:59 PM

    I absolutely love this! Fantastic idea to make the project that bit more individual and unique x

  15. 01/09/2015 / 7:59 AM

    Such a simple idea and it works so well! Love this Debs! Brightens up the room really well. Thanks for hosting #MMWBH

  16. 14/09/2015 / 9:27 PM

    Love the lights with the photos! I always just use my phone for pictures. It’s just always to hand so easy to use. Even when I do take our camera out with us, it usually stays in the bag and I snap away with my phone!

  17. Robyn Logan Clarke
    22/09/2015 / 1:11 PM

    I’ve got a DSLR and an iphone that I use for pics.

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