How to Hang a Gallery Wall in 3 Easy Steps!

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I don’t know about you, but I love wall galleries… There’s just something about the way they bring a wall to life! I remember the first time I tried to hang a gallery – when I was done (or rather, gave up) there were a million holes in the wall and I wasn’t even that satisfied with how it looked! Talk about discouraging!  I knew there had to be a better way, so I looked up some tricks from other DIY’ers and discovered the following method.

I hope you can use these three steps to easily hang a photo gallery that you love!

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HOW TO HANG A GALLERY WALL IN 3 EASY STEPS!

STEP 1: GATHER AND TRACE GALLERY OBJECTS

Begin by gathering all the items you think you want in your gallery. I’d suggest using a grouping of matching items (like 9 of the same frame in a 3×3 grid) or a group of similar styled items (like mine are all black, wood or metal.) Also, keep in mind other things you have on hand that you could include, just in case you need to fill a specific spot as you go. I always end up putting something in my gallery that I wasn’t originally planning on. Flexibility is important when decorating – especially gallery walls!

Once you have an idea of what you want to hang, trace, label (be sure to label in case you have similar sized items!) and cut out each item. I used some basic crate paper from IKEA, but you could use any paper that is large enough for your items. Even opened up brown paper bags could work!

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After you’ve cut everything out, you’ll want to mark where the nails go. To do this, turn your item over so you’re looking at its back, lay your traced paper version on the back, and mark where the nail goes to hang it (as shown below.) We’ll use this in the third step and it’s the best trick ever!!

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STEP 2: HANG AND ARRANGE PAPER GALLERY

Now it’s time to arrange the gallery with your paper cut-outs. I use rolls of blue painter’s tape in each corner to stick them to the wall. The great thing about this step is that you can rearrange the items as many times as you want without damaging your wall. It’s also important to be sure your paper gallery is level. If it isn’t, when you go to install the real thing, your gaps and spacing will be different. (I learned this the hard way!) This step usually takes me about half an hour of manipulation before I’m happy with how it looks.

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STEP 3: INSTALL YOUR GALLERY

Pretty easy so far, ya? The best part is that hanging your actual gallery is the easiest of it all! Thanks to the prep work you’ve done up to now, you should be able to have your gallery hung and finished in just a few minutes.

Doing one item at a time, put a nail in the wall where you marked them in the first step, take down the paper version, and hang your real item. Marking where the nails go to make hanging a breeze is my favorite trick out of this whole process! After everything is hung, use a small level to make sure they’re level and you’re done! Now step back and admire your creativity. 🙂

Here is how mine turned out this week!

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The top-left sign, with the verse on it, is from Hobby Lobby. I love it so much!! I had been looking for one for quite a while but just hadn’t found one with the right verse… When I saw this one, and the fact that it expresses my heart to bless the people that come into my home, I couldn’t resist!

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As you can see from my “paper version” gallery, I added the chair after the gallery was hung. I like that it gives a spot to sit or drop stuff since this wall is in the entryway. Can you believe this chair was only $5 at an estate sale?!

Here’s the view from the front door when you enter our home:

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This gallery is also at the entrance to our hallway, so I didn’t want big, bulky furniture here. I was so excited to find a home for my new faux fiddle leaf tree!

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The captain’s mirror was a Dollar Store DIY from Katie over at Little House of Four – check her out, she’s awesome!

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I hope these simple steps will help you hang a beautiful wall gallery in your own home with ease!

 This next week will be really busy at the office for me, so I may not have another post for you all until next weekend. But, I also have some really exciting news coming, so stay tuned!!!

As always, feel free to contact me with questions or feedback!


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