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.
Items You Will Need
Before you begin make sure you have these 9 things:
- Wrapping paper. It can be any wrapping paper (i.e. Left over Christmas or Birthday wrapping paper)
- Measuring tape
- Scotch tape
- 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.
Step 2: Place your wrapping paper, white or plain side facing you, on top of the 1st 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.
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. 🙂