Have you ever wanted to make a gallery wall but were too afraid to attempt it? Or maybe you feared your walls would look like Swiss cheese with all the nail holes because you couldn’t get the pictures lined up straight? Making a gallery wall can be simple if you know the right tips and tricks!
Choose a wall where you want to have your gallery. This is a wall in our playroom. To make a gallery wall you will need just a few items: your framed art, wrapping paper, scissors, a marker, painter’s tape, a level, a ruler, a hammer, and nails.
Gather your framed artwork or photos. These can be all varying sizes, but for this example, all my frames are the exact same size. Number the back of each art work with a small piece of painter’s tape.
Roll out inexpensive wrapping paper onto the floor, with the white side facing upward. Lay your artwork on top of the paper and trace around it with a marker and carefully cut the shape out. Number your paper with the correlating frame number.
Take your numbered papers, attach painter’s tape to the back of them, and start arranging them on the wall where you like. Use a level to maintain a straight and level line from one picture to the next. In the picture below, the level shows the paper on the right needs to be moved upward.
After arranging and leveling your papers, step far back and see if you are pleased with the arrangement. If not, then make the needed adjustments.
Turn over artwork #1 and measure the distance from the top of the frame to the saw tooth hanger or in hanging wire. Be sure to pull the hanging wire taught, mimicking how it will hang on a wall. Write that measurement down.
Take that measurement you just wrote down for Frame #1 and mark that distance on Paper #1. This is where you will place your nail. Repeat for all the frames. Now it’s time to hang the artwork! Match up your numbered frames with your numbered papers. Place the art on the nails and gently pull the paper off underneath.
You are left with a beautiful gallery wall that is balanced and level and you didn’t have to curse the sun and moon out of frustration! (Not that I’ve ever done that…of course).
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