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Design on a Dime Blog: 10 Steps to Creating the Perfect Gallery Wall

Hi Dolls! I know it's been a while since my last blog post. However, now that V's Blog to Biz University launch is over, and things are a little less hectic, I figured I'd share with you my Ultimate Gallery Wall Installation DIY trick. My 10 steps to Creating the Perfect Gallery Wall! 🙂


You can apply these instructions with canvas photos, frames, wall art…you name it. If an item can be hung on a wall you can apply these simple steps. In fact, I love mixing different elements as it gives your gallery wall some pizzazz. 🙂


Below are examples of gallery walls I created with just canvas photos, and one with a mixture of items.


canvas art gallery wall


wall art gallery


Items You Will Need 


Before you begin make sure you have these 9 things:


  1. Wrapping paper. It can be any wrapping paper (i.e. Left over Christmas or Birthday wrapping paper)
  2. Measuring tape
  3. Scotch tape
  4. Scissors
  5. Pen
  6. Hammer
  7. Level
  8. Nails
  9. All the canvas’, frames, wall art you plan to use for your wall


10 Steps to Creating the Perfect Gallery Wall


Step 1: Flip your first object on its back so the backside is facing you.


sample object

sample object



Step 2: Place your wrapping paper, white or plain side facing you, on top of the 1st object.


wrapping paper on object


Step 3: Take your scissors and cut an outline of the 1st object with the wrapping paper.




Step 4: Now you should have a piece of wrapping paper in the shape and size of your first object. Use your pen to label the outline with a description of the item so you remember what it is later. In this example I labeled my wooden wall art piece “Wood Art”.




*If there are nail holes in your object, leave the wrapping paper on top of the object. Take a nail and poke a hole through the wrapping paper into the nail hole(s) of the object. If you're hanging canvas' poke a hole where you want the nail to be, this is usually close to the center. Don't skip this step as this will ensure your object hangs exactly how you want in the end. This is a great measuring short cut for frames and wall art that have multiple holes on the back. You are essentially creating a template for you to nail holes into the wall.


nail hole puncture



Step 5: Repeat steps 1-4 for all the remaining objects you want to include on your wall.


Step 6: Once you have all your object wrapping paper outlines, now it's time to play around with their wall placement.


Take the object (s) you want to be the center of attention on your wall, and place them in the middle of your wall. To hold the placement, use your Scotch tape, and tape each object's corners to the wall. Make sure they are secure on the wall.


To make sure all items are of equal distance from each other, use your measuring tape.  Measure the edge of 1 outline to the edge of where you want the next item to start. Record measurements so you can use the same measurement distance throughout the gallery wall. Also, use your level to make sure the outline is straight. You don’t want to get to the end, and have a crooked gallery wall. 🙂


Step 7: Attach all your remaining outlines to the wall with tape. Once you have everything up, you can always move the outlines around until you're happy with the design. Leave all the outlines up on the wall.


Step 8: When you are happy with your design, now you’re ready for the fun part! Whip out your hammer and nails. Since you already poked holes in your outlines where the nails should go, installation should be easy and fast. Hammer your nails into the area (s) you poked holes through in the 1st object outline.


Step 9: Take your 1st object and hang it on the nails you just installed into the wall.


Step 10: If you are happy with the installation, proceed to repeat steps 8 & 9 with all the outlines and objects. When you are done and happy with your wall installation, you can remove the taped outlines from the wall.


Voilà You're Done!


There you have it, my trick to getting perfect gallery walls!


This method is the easiest way I install items to walls in my house. I avoid countless hours of measuring, and those nail hole mistakes we all hate! 🙂


Hope this trick helps you with your next galley wall, or anything you want to hang the easy way.


If you have any wall art installation tricks I'd love to hear about them.  🙂



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  1. Great tips, except if one lives in a NYC 1-bedroom apartment 🙁

    1. Hi Andrea! You could do a small gallery wall. One of my E-Design clients was renting a Studio Apt., and we created a cute gallery wall. Also for my renters, you can use command hooks to hang things on walls. No holes required.😊 I’ve used them to hang my Christmas stockings near my fireplace. I love them ❤️

  2. Love this idea! I would never have thought to use the wrapping paper. I want to do a gallery wall next to my stairs and will have to try this!

    1. Hi Kristen! I love stair Gallery Walls. Adds so much interest to the walk way. Those wrapping paper templates seriously save my walls from nail hole mistakes. Good luck with your project.😊

  3. What great tips, I need to bookmark this!

    1. Hi Alex! Awesome, so happy you liked the article.😊

  4. I love a good gallery wall! These tips are all great, I’ll definitely be referencing this in the future.

    Lee Anne

    1. Hi Lee Anne! I love ❤️ gallery walls too. Glad you found these tips helpful.

  5. I’ve never made a gallery wall but I love the look, thanks for the help!

    1. Hi Valerie! No problem😊 Gallery walls are a great way to add character to your space.

  6. Bonnie

    Great tips! My walls are that same bright blue

    1. Hi Bonnie! Thanks, love that blue😊

  7. I think I have finally gotten all of my pieces together to do a wall gallery. So i pinned this post to help with placement. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Leslie! That is awesome🤗 Thanks for the pin love ❤️ I’d love to see pics of how your Wall gallery turns out. If you wouldn’t mind, contact me when it’s finished.

  8. I have the exact couch in my house. I am bad with hanging correctly. I have holes in my sons room from where I hammered in the wrong area lol. These are good tips I will try. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Rochella! Love that couch🤗 Before using this method, my walls suffered nail hole mistakes Hope these tips help you with your next project.

  9. This was such a helpful post! Your wall is beautiful.

    I want the similar gallery wall so I saved this post because im going to need it 😀

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Ana! Thanks!😘 So glad you liked this post, and appreciate the pin love. ❤️

  10. This is awesome!!! Thank you for putting this together! we are moving soon and i really want to DIY a gallery wall that won’t break the bank! Saving!

    1. Hi Rachel!😊 Thanks for the love ❤️ You can absolutely create a gallery wall that won’t break the bank. I’m always looking for inexpensive finds at thrift, and discount stores. I even upcycle items I already have with spray paint. Good luck with the move.

  11. I just love gallery walls! You’ve got some great ones here! Great trick with the wrapping paper – such a good idea! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Patricia!Thank you so much😊 I love ❤️ Gallery Walls too!

  12. Love the Navy wall!! Great step by step to planning a gallery wall. I am working on finding all the items I want for my living room wall, these are great tips. Thanks!

    1. Hi Rachel! Thanks love 😘 Good luck with your gallery wall project. I’d love to see it when you’re done.

  13. Oh em GEE GIRL YOU JUST SAVED MY LIFE! Do you know how much time I’ve spent and holes I’ve made in my wall because I can’t get stuff to sit straight? THANK YOU!

    1. Hi Ginger!🤗 No problem 🤗 Girl I feel you, before doing this trick my walls had their fair share of nail hole mistakes.

  14. Your gallery wall inspiration (and tips for hanging) is just what I needed today! I have a group of pictures to arrange, and this is so helpful. 🙂

    1. Hi Anne! Awe I’m so happy you found this article helpful.🤗 That makes my day! Good luck with your project.

  15. I love your wall art simply beautiful 😊

    1. Thank you Shauna! Appreciate the love 😘

  16. This is such a clever idea and I love how well you’ve explained everything, I’m definitely going to be checking out your other posts like this! X

    1. Thanks Lauren!🤗 Appreciate the feedback and love ❤️

  17. Kat

    I’ve always adored gallery walls, but didn’t want to destroy the plaster walls in our rental places (that we normally stay only a year or two at a time). But once we’ll have our longer-term place I’ll def do a gallery wall! Thanks for the tips!

    1. Hi Kat! No problem. Glad you enjoyed the article, and are going to do a gallery wall.😊

  18. This is a great tip especially for the nail holes. We frame our kids artwork in the classroom and hang it but it’s a pain to have to move it if it’s too high or low because we have the nail saftey things around it! Will have to use this trick next time we rotate their art display

    1. Hi Laneic! Yes, I loathe those nail hole mistakes. So glad you found this article helpful.

  19. This is stunning! I love how you mixed fun art pieces with the framed pics. And that blue wall, that’s my dream color–gorgeous!

    1. Thank you so much Marie! 🤗 I’m glad you enjoyed the article. Love that blue too. It’s such a rich color.

  20. Great post, thank you for sharing your tips, that’s definitely much easier and saves plenty of time.

    Tajinder |

    1. Thanks! Glad you found it helpful 😃

  21. Love the gallery wall! It’s such a great way to showcase and express yourself I definitely need to use some of your tricks to add to mine 🙂

    1. Thanks Elaine! 🤗 Glad you enjoyed the article, and thanks for the compliment 😘

  22. Thank you for this tutorial. I love this idea. I have a painting I just finished recently for my oldest son’s room but it is heavy and wide. This will work perfectly for hanging it.

    -The Momnipresent Mother

    1. No problem 🤗 so glad you found this article helpful 😉

  23. I’ve been planning to have a gallery wall with my little one’s newborn pics Thanks for the tips! 😊

    ~The Brainy Mama

    1. No problem! I’m sure your gallery wall will be super cute 😍

  24. Great article. I could use this help when we move into a new house. Usually we are having to guess where to put what pictures. This will help with the next move!

    1. Awesome 👏 so glad you found this helpful 🤗

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