Gallery Wall, Y’all

So, while our tree has decided to knock out the neighbor’s fence during Ice Storm 2014, I’ve been inside knocking out some projects.  Yikes!  Sorry girl.

Ice storm 2014

Today I’m sharing a Gallery Wall DIY.  Gallery walls are an easy way to fill up a large area of wall space with a collection of things you love.  They’re the “it” thing right now, in case you didn’t know. I love this one from Oh Joy!:

oh joy gallery wall

“Baby Proofing Your Stylish Livingroom” -ohjoy!

We have two really long hallways in our house, and I wanted to fill the walls with pictures of friends and family that I could look at all the time, (instead of putting them in an album that I would never open.)  I did one gallery wall with multi-color frames on the first floor, and upstairs I did a shrine to Rosie.  She deserves it.  In the dining room I’ve started a collection of our favorite artwork, including the Mt. Fuji piece I mentioned here, but it’s still a work in progress. There are tons of gallery wall tutorials on the web right now, but this has been the easiest one for me.

Gallery Wall Upstairs

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A roll of wrapping paper with grid lines on the back side
  • Measuring Tape 
  • Painter’s Tape 
  • Scissors
  • Collection of frames  (I usually get frames on my quarterly excursion to IKEA, at Joann’s or Hobby Lobby with coupons, or from my vintage sources.)
  • Marker 
  • Picture Hangers (I use these because we have plaster walls and they seem to work best.)
  • Hammer
  • Smart phone or camera 

Gallery wall blank

First, you’ll measure your wall space and figure out the width and height of the area you want to cover. Or if you have a cute little helper like I did, you can unroll the wrapping paper, hold it up to the wall and go ahead and mark the size that you’ll need.

wrapping paper measure

Mark and cut those dimensions from your roll of wrapping paper.

mark wrapping paper 2

Next, arrange your frames on the cut piece of paper.

gallery wall frames

Now, lift each frame a little and mark where the hanger will go.  My frames were arranged kind of randomly, but if your arrangement is more precise, you could draw a line around each frame and mark exactly where the hanger is on your frame outline.

mark frame hanger gallery wall

Next, (and this is important), take a picture of your arrangement with your camera or smart phone, so you can refer back and know exactly where each frame is supposed to go.  Remove the frames from the wrapping paper and attach the paper with painter’s tape to your wall.

gallery wall wrapping paper

Take your measuring tape and measure from the floor to the bottom of the paper at both ends and the middle, and make adjustments to get your paper straight.  Next, take your hammer and nail your hangers into their marked spots.

gallery wall hanger

Finally, remove the wrapping paper carefully.  You might even want to take your scissors and remove sections, so you don’t pull out your hangers.  Refer back to your smart phone and hang the frames in their correct spots.  Voila!  Easy-peasy gallery wall.

gallery wall finished


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