I’ve been accumulating random pieces of artwork for C’s nursery since before he was born. And by accumulating I mean that when I walk by a cute wall-hanging in a store or see some frames in the perfect shade of blue to match his room, I have to buy them.
So what do I do with all of this randomness? Make a gallery wall, of course! I adore the look of a great gallery wall, but they can be such a pain to hang up. If you don’t put a little thought and planning into it beforehand, you can end up in a nightmare of too many holes in your wall and awkward spacing between your art.
Follow along here with what I did for an easy step-by-step tutorial on how to hang a gallery wall. This method helped me make sure that my gallery wall looked just the way I wanted it to with as little headache as possible, and I hope it does the same for you!
- measuring tape
- wax paper
- transparent adhesive tape
- permanent marker
- painter’s tape
- hammer and nails
(I also used these picture-hanging strips, which worked
great and allowed me to put fewer holes in my wall)
1. First things first, get an idea of how much space on your wall you want the gallery to take up. Measure the width and the height of this area. The space I wanted to fill ended up being roughly 6 ft. x 3.5 ft. Once you have your measurements, roll out the wax paper and use your transparent adhesive tape to tape together enough sheets of wax paper to cover the area you measured.
2. Lay out the contents of your gallery on the floor on top of the wax paper. Decide how you want to place everything—in a grid? uniformly? randomly? This step will give you the opportunity to try out different layouts and find the one that works best with your pieces. You want a layout that feels purposeful and fills your space appropriately.
3. Once you love what you’ve got going on, outline your gallery pieces onto the wax paper with your permanent marker. Turn the items over and draw a dot on the paper where each nail should go. This will save you so much time when it’s time for hanging!
4. Hang your wax paper template on the wall with painter’s tape where you want the finished gallery to go. Take a step back to check that the composition and placement look right. Reposition it until it’s exactly where you want it.
5. Here’s the best part: Just hammer the nails into the dots you drew, right through the wax paper. You can simply tear down the paper around the nails when you’re finished.
6. Hang up your pieces, then step back one more time to admire your beautiful new gallery wall!
What do you think of the new addition to C’s nursery? I already have a couple newborn pictures in his room, so I framed a 6-month picture and a 1-year picture, along with the monthly photo collage I made, to display in the gallery. I love how it turned out! And C seems to like it too—he always verbally points out the “baw” (football) on the wall and, like most babies, he loves to look at pictures of himself and see himself in the mirror. ;)
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