After living in our home for a few months I decided to create a picture wall in our office space when you first walk into the house. Our walls are bare, and I wanted to showcase some nice family photos.
First step: pick the frames
I decided to keep it simple and use 11 x 14 black wood frames with a white matte to display 8 x 10 photos. I found the best deal on Amazon from American Flat in the 12 pack for $160 and free shipping. Most of the frames I saw were going for $25 or more each and I wanted 9-12 frames, which adds up fast.
A few other affordable options from Amazon:
– 9 square photo gallery wall kit
– Set of 7 Gallery Wall frames in White with different size frames
– Set of 7 frames in gold metal
Second step: print the pictures.
Crafting the diverse assortment of pictures can be difficult, so I picked some of the professional shots we had taken over the years first, mainly from our Christmas shoots. I decided to make all the photos black and white images, so it feels more cohesive. I used Shutterfly to print my pictures and got the 8 x 10 prints on sale for under $3 each.
Third step: arrange your frames and pick your layout.
I ordered my pictures in order from oldest to newest. I laid them out on the floor so I could see how they looked and adjusted accordingly. Pro tip: trace the frame onto a sheet of paper and cut it out.
Next, measure the center of the wall vertically and horizontally and put a piece of painters’ tape to mark the exact middle. Work out from the middle and use these templates gå till to hang on the wall first so you can adjust as you stand back and look. I did a 2-inch gap in between each picture on all sides and anchored my middle picture right over that center mark.
Fourth step: measure and mark.
Measure the center of the wall vertically and horizontally and put a piece of painters’ tape to mark the middle. Work out from the middle and use these templates to hang on the wall first so you can adjust. I made a 2-inch gap in between each picture on all sides and anchored my middle picture right over that center mark.
Last step is to hang:
I don’t like to put holes in the wall if I don’t have too, so for picture frames that are only a few pounds each I use Command strips. I will put anywhere from 2 to 4 on the back of the frame and that way I can move them around easily if I mess up or take them on and off the wall to switch a photo. I use a level to make sure that the picture is even and then stick to the wall!