6 Easy Steps to DIY Your Own Gallery Wall
With Nicole Walker from www.Style-of-Living.com
When I first moved in to my place I knew one of the first things I wanted to do was put up a Gallery Wall. I’ve seen so many variations of it over the past little while and was excited to put my spin on this classic DIY. I followed a few simple steps, which I listed below, that I not only helped but made the process quick and easy!
PLAN OUT YOUR WALL
I found it easiest to measure the wall space first and then make a rough sketch of your gallery wall. I decided on the size of frames and their placements in my sketch and this helped when deciding on which art to buy.
FIND YOUR ART AND MATCHING FRAMES
I took a little while deciding on all the art I wanted for this particular wall, and I’m so glad I did. Take your time and pick pieces you truly love or that have meaning to you. Be sure to keep in mind the size of the prints and if there is a corresponding frame in your rough sketch. Once you decide on your art, make sure you pick up matching frames. All of my frames are from Ikea. They are so affordable, which is especially great when you need a bunch of them!
MEASURE YOUR FRAMES AND MAKE A CUT OUT SAMPLE
Once you have all your frames, go ahead and measure each one. Take those measurements and trace on any type of paper the size of each frame. Cut these sample sizes out. When you’ve done this for all your frames you will then have all your frame sizes as paper cut outs. These paper cut outs are much easier to move around while you measure everything out.
PLACE YOUR PAPER CUT OUTS ON THE WALL AND THEN MEASURE THEIR EXACT SPOT
Start placing your paper cut outs on the wall in roughly the area and distance you like. Check your rough sketch from earlier to see where each paper frame goes. Once all your paper frames are on the wall begin rearranging until you are happy with the layout. Then, take your time measuring the spacing between each frame until they all look even (they don’t have to be evenly spaced but I’m a sucker for symmetry).
MEASURE WHERE TO PLACE YOUR PICTURE HOOKS
Since your paper cut outs are the same size as your frames, you can use them to measure and mark where your nail should go. Measure from the top of your frame to where it will sit on the hook. Then take that measurement to your paper cutout and mark where to place your nail. Hammer in your nails and hooks.
HANG ALL YOUR FRAMES
I like to hang all the frames with the paper cut outs still on the wall at first. This makes it easier if you need to rearrange any frames. Once all your frames are hung and you like the result, take your frames off and simply take all the paper cut outs off (they will usually come off with a bit of a pull). Place your frames back up and there you have it! Your very own gallery wall!