September 22, 2010

Another take on the gallery wall

The entryway to my little apartment is very long and skinny. I wanted to do something nice to the entry, since it's the introduction to my home... but the space is incredibly awkward for receiving guests (and there is also no way to get a good picture of it, as you will see).

I decided a nice, large-ish photo gallery would be a good way to pull people's attention away from the tunnel feeling and cover a lot of space on the long wall. There are a million ways to get a frame collage onto the wall, but here is how I did mine:


1. Lay out all the frames on the ground and decide where you want to place them

 
I wanted my grouping to have a little bit of visual movement, so it is purposely not symmetrical.



2. Flip the frames over to show their hangers

  


3. Trace the outline and hanger of each frame onto long pieces of wax paper


I wanted to get an idea of exactly how my grouping would look on the wall. I've seen a lot of tutorials that use newsprint cut to the size of each frame, but this was much less labor-intensive, reflected exactly how I laid my frames out on the floor, and I could nail right into my markings. I used a sharpie to draw on three pieces of wax paper taped together in the middle.



4. Tape the wax paper to the wall


I used both a measuring tape and a level to make sure I had it up there correctly.



5. Nail directly onto the markings for each frame's hanger


This was the best part about using the translucent paper. I marked exactly where each frame needed a nail, and it was completely accurate. I just nailed straight through the paper, then tore it down.



6. Hang the frames!

Except when you do it, hang them straight.
I had two frames that didn't have hanging mechanisms on the back... which I didn't realize until I had already laid everything out. So I hung them with ribbon, and I actually like the variety.

I think my little gallery wall turned out pretty well. Next project: an entry bench!
And pictures for those empty frames :)

61 comments:

Kristen Sheranian said...

I love what you did! I am in to process of collecting frames for a picture collage on our wall in our dining room. Thanks for the idea of wax paper. I think that will be tons easier!

Miranda said...

clever - thanks for sharing the wax paper idea!

traci zeller designs said...

Using wax paper is BRILLIANT!!

Jesse said...

Can I just tell you that I think this is the best idea ever! Great job!

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

Brilliant idea! I love ideas like this that take out extra steps-especially when it involves measuring.

Megan {Honey We're Home} said...

Now THAT is a great idea! Clever. Visiting from 6th Street:)

Cocktails and Cupcakes said...

Great idea! My husband and I hung a series of 12 frames last week and measured each one individually on the wall. This would have saved lots of time!!

mari_contrary said...

You're a genius! Much less work than mine, which was 100% eyeballed and then adjusted for several weeks because it BUGGED. :)

Rene said...

What a great idea! You have saved my walls for sure...and most likely my sanity too.

-Rene

Kelly said...

Genius! I'm totally going to get off my butt and hang some art now using this. LOVE!!

emily said...

Found your blog via 6th Street Design. This is such a genius idea!

mom2irishtwins said...

Great tutorial, thanks so much! I just added a link to the tutorial on my blog.

61degreesnorth said...

That is GENIUS! Thanks!

Kae said...

I've been avoiding hanging my frame wall because I couldn't figure out an easy way to do it. Looks like I'm all out of excuses and will be putting those frames up this week! :)

Heather said...

I thought I was the only one who used wax paper to layout frames!

Suziannie said...

Love this idea! I'm in the process of my own llittle gallery wall and this is very timely! I actually saw it on Pinterest!

Rose Penelope said...

This is GENIUS! Saw this on Pinterest and will be using this method ASAP! No more extra holes in the wall! :)

LoeLaLoep said...

This is the best trick I've seen for hanging frames. Thanks for sharing!!

Catherine said...

THANK YOU!!! My husband and I were just talking about doing a gallery on our stairs but the very idea was so daunting that I just knew I would have put it off forever...or at least until I found a good marriage councilor! The arguing that it would have created is now a moot point! This will make it a breeze! A million thank yous!

April said...

Best idea ever for hanging frames. I am so going to use this next time! Thanks for sharing!

graceHegives said...

Wow! Wish I would have seen this years ago! It could have saved me a lot of missed measured hole patching! Awesome idea! thanks!!

Mel said...

Seriously brilliant!!

DesignsByMegan said...

I used this idea last night to hang a shelf that had some odd placed hook -- worked like a charm! Thanks soo much for posting this!

Ms. Kathleen said...

I love this! So clever. Thank you so much :) Have a wonderful day!

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Leah and Dean said...

I can't thank you enough, Marissa, for sharing this! I need to hang 8 16" mirrors over my sofa and this will save me from getting a major headache! You have blessed my life today and my future picture hanging days :)

Dean

Lindsey said...

awesome idea with the wax paper!! but, i too, have a couple that don't have hanging mechanisims, so how did you attach the ribbon to hang from wall?? Thanks!

Marissa Waddell said...

Lindsey-- I hung the ribbon frames in a super ghetto fashion. The ribbon is taped to the back of the frames and hung on a nail.

Stair Chair Lift said...

Your home placement is looking very nice and this a new advantage to us i am so impressed here when i see your all frames on wall looking very dashing.
Thanks for sharing....




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Selina@CreativeJuicesDecor said...

Yeah! it worked great!! Can't wait to write a post about it and link back to you :-) cool!!!

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Enid and Ciaran said...

How clever! I love the ribbon too!

kelly arent-Copper Roof Interiors LLC said...

This is genius!!! How much easier could it be!! LOVE

janet in ft worth said...

Great idea! I've used brown craft paper before, but I love the idea of being able to actually see the hangers on the backs of the frames instead of feeling for them.

Also, I have a problem with working on the floor, but my dining table is as big as or bigger than any wall where I'd be hanging a gallery, so I'm going to use yardsticks (or magazines!) to mark out the width and height of the area where I want to hang and work out my arrangement there. I've got a bunch of mirrors in various shapes and sizes that I want to hang on the end wall of the dining room.

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