Tips for Creating a Gallery Wall

by Kimba on April 11, 2011

in Artwork,decorating

Thank you for all of your kind comments on my Kid’s Artwork Gallery Wall. You make a girl blush. After the big reveal, I promised to give you the “how-to” and some tips for creating a gallery wall of your own. So let’s get to it!

This gallery wall was designed specifically to display my boys’ artwork, but these tips will help with any gallery wall you want to design.

1. The layout

If you’re working with a defined wall space, like I was, mark off your dimensions on the floor using masking tape so you can visualize the area. Looks a little like a gallery wall crime scene, huh?

Then you’re free to try out different arrangements and you can see how they will fit your space. There are no rules or magic to it. Just keep moving things around until it looks good to you.

Most of my frames came from the thrift store and garage sales. A few were found on clearance at Joann, Target or Kohls. I’ve been stashing them away for a while with this project in mind. A little white spray paint (Rustoleum Blossom White) and they all miraculously match!

2. Add in some other stuff

It adds depth and dimension when you add other interesting things into your gallery wall. My small bulletin board is currently holding a painted letter, but I will probably use it for another bit of kid’s artwork later. Some other things you can include in a gallery wall? How about plates, monograms, letters, architectural pieces, clocks, socks, poodles or baskets?

Lots of you asked about this beautiful piece of artwork. It’s a part of the
Urban Soul Collection at Dayspring
. It was only $17 and you can get 25% off by using the code SPRING25. That makes this beautiful piece of typography artwork only $12.75!!! AND Dayspring offers free shipping on all orders over $50! I bought several pieces of Urban Soul artwork and I ADORE them all.

3. Include some frames without the glass

I hung several frames without the backs or the glass. The artwork is stuck directly to the wall with fun tak. When I want to change out the display, I can easily remove the old pieces and try out some new masterpieces.

Also, if you’re doing a kid’s gallery, I would suggest hanging several frames that can accommodate standard size (8-1/2″x11″) construction paper. The kiddos bring home tons of artwork in that size.

4. A color photocopier is your friend

Sometimes you just want a small piece of your kiddo’s artwork. But you don’t want to destroy the original by cutting it into pieces. That’s where a color copier comes in. Make a copy of the original (and resize it, if necessary) and you can cut it up without risking howls and tears.

Now it’s your turn…What interesting things do you have hanging on your walls?

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1 Taking Two April 11, 2011 at 9:58 am

this is incredible. seriously incredible. I want to do exactly this!!!! THANK YOU!!!!

2 Ever - The red house by the lake April 11, 2011 at 10:27 am

Gallery walls are really more complex than they look. I love the one you’ve created!

I have a smaller one at home, where all the frames are the same size and it took me ages to get it right. You may see it here.

3 Meli April 11, 2011 at 12:04 pm

This is SO fantastic! I just adore it. Love the layout idea. Like, duh!?! 😉 I have got to do this somewhere in my house. It’s supreme.

4 Dawn Camp April 11, 2011 at 3:38 pm

So cute! I’m trying to figure out how I can spend so much time on the DaySpring and not notice this typography artwork. LOVE! 🙂
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5 Penny April 11, 2011 at 9:55 pm

That is a beautiful wall to display the most precious art work of all! In my hall I have a giant frame that holds four pieces of priceless art, each child’s very first painting and then one done at one year. If I could only take one “thing” (not person) that may have to be it. I also have a 4×6 cork board that we made with cork tiles, in the play room, that holds the day to day art inventory on display! I may have to upgrade to the multiple frame look though……
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6 Annie April 11, 2011 at 10:09 pm

If you have time check out my gallery wall. I was not as organized as you but I love it just the same. I should really do this for the kids too now. Thanks for inspiring.

7 Richella at Imparting Grace April 11, 2011 at 10:22 pm

Hey girl–It’s been so long since I’ve gotten to visit any blogs, it seems! Just wanted to say a quick “hi.”

I love your gallery wall. I’ll bet your boys are so proud!
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8 lisa @thebeadgirl April 12, 2011 at 8:41 am

I love this idea. I’ve been dreaming of doing something similar and now my wheels are in motion! thank you 🙂
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9 amy April 12, 2011 at 8:56 am

I love this take on a kid’s gallery! It looks so intentional and beautiful! I am new to your blog and excited to look around! 🙂

10 kristin April 13, 2011 at 11:01 am

I love this!!!!!!
I just finished the one leading up our stairs, such a job 🙂

11 Jeanie Cullip April 13, 2011 at 11:53 am

this is great!

a latte of blessings & giggles,

12 Journey11 April 16, 2011 at 7:32 pm

I love this idea! I’ve been saving up old picture frames for awhile now because I knew they would have to come in handy someday. I like that your’s are all different, yet match now that you painted them. I am going to have to do this in my daughter’s playroom. This project is fun AND affordable…right up my alley! 🙂
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13 Kelly April 23, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Thank you for sharing this! I’m looking for something along these lines for a “base” for homeschool operations.
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14 Stephanie May 20, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Hi! I’m not exactly sure how I stumbled upon your blog but I love it! I really LOVE your gallery wall! I have been going back & forth on whether to paint an area in my kids playroom with that chalkboard chalk. My concern is that the floor is carpet-which I notice you also have under yours. I have 3 boys & am worried about them ruining the carpet underneath. Have you had any problems with this or do you forsee it being a problem?? And Thanks for the tips on how to make our own gallery wall-will definitely be making one!

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