So you guys know how obsessed I am with Nora's big girl room, and one of the best parts of the whole room is the is the gallery wall. It is just such a focal point. We knew from the start we wanted a gallery wall in the room, but I won't lie, I was more than a little overwhelmed by making it happen (thank goodness for Kelsey, from The Wells Collection who is like the design grand master of the world). Tons of work goes into picking the frames, picking the art, pairing them up, and arranging them on the wall, but at least all of those steps are pretty fun... the one step that everybody dreads is the actual hanging and measuring, am I right? Well people, get jazzed up, because today I am solving that problem for you, and you will never stress out about hanging a gallery wall ever again!
If you are interested in a larger scale gallery wall, check out this post.
So here is the picture of the finished gallery wall to get you excited!
One of the greatest parts about this little trick is that it doesn't matter at all if your frames have hanging brackets or not! So pick out any frames you want, large or small, irregardless of hardware.
So here's the magic tools, literally all you need is a level (if you are like me and don't know how to hang anything strait on your own, haha) and some 3m command strips! As you can see from the picture above, we had some pretty big frames, and some heavy metal frames as well, and these strips worked like a champ! For the smaller frames, we only used one strip and cut them in half (hotdog style) down the middle and put half on each side of the frame. Below I will illustrate the process in photos for all you visual people. :)
Here are the exact command strips I used:
So the first step is to stick one side of the command strips to the frame like you see above.
Then just peel the command strip sticker off the other side and hold the frame up to where you think you'd like to place it, but before you stick it to the wall, have a helper place the level on top of the frame to be sure you are completely strait before you stick it to the wall. This initial binding is what will stick the back velcro to the wall, you will still be able to remove the frames, but the back tape will stay on the wall (see below).
So, when we were hanging our wall we hung all the empty frames first, and then decided after which art we wanted where, because it was easier to visualize that way. In this picture you can see two spots where we had removed the frames to fill them with art, (in the empty spot on the left you can see that those strips were the half strips I mentioned earlier) once your frame is filled you just line it up again and press the velcros securely back together!
Step back and admire your finished product!
A couple of up close pictures, how cute are those prints?
Welp, is your life changed, or what?! Happy gallery making friends!
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