Check out our gallery wall tips on how to put together a simple, modern grid display! This simple technique allows you to fill any wall in your home with a beautifully curated collection of memories and loved ones in very little time and for very little money.
Do you have some empty walls in your home that need some love? Do you have hundreds of favorite photos stored away on your phone or computer that rarely get seen? If so, then I have a simple and beautiful solution for you today!
I am definitely guilty of not printing off enough of our family photos, and I have had a big empty space over the sideboard in our dining room too long now. These gallery wall tips helped me create a modern grid-style gallery wall to fill the space and showcase some of my favorite photos.
I love seeing these favorite photos every day now, and I really love how easy and inexpensive this gallery wall was to put together. Below you will find some simple gallery wall tips that will help you in the process of creating your own display.
Grid Gallery Wall Tips and Supplies:
- Darice Essentials 8″ x 8 ” Frames
- Black and White 5″ x 7″ Photos
- Darice Washi Tape
- Hammer and Nails
- Masking Tape
You can use this technique with any frames you like, but I really loved how the Darice 8″ x 8″ frames worked. Working with square frames makes it very easy to create the grid, plus these frames are perfect for framing 5″ x 7″ photos without cropping or trimming. Because the Darice frames come in a pack of four, they are also a great value. This entire gallery wall cost me less than $30 to put together including printing the photos!
Step 1. Pick and Edit Your Photos.
This is probably the part that’s the most fun! I spent quite a few hours going through old pictures and enjoying the trip through memory lane. Pick out your favorite photos and open them up in your photo editing software (there are great free photo editing options available that will work just fine for this).
Your photos do not need to be professional photos taken with a great camera to look great in this gallery wall. Most of the photos I used in our gallery wall were taken with my phone. Editing them all into black and white helps the gallery wall to look cohesive.
Once you have the photos edited, crop the photos to a 5 x 7 ratio, keeping in mind that only a 5″ x 5″ square of the photo will show in the frame. Then, send your photos to be printed or print them at home.
Step 2. Fill your Frames.
Start by taking the backing out of the photo frame. Next, place the photo behind the mat included with the frame. Because these frames are smaller it’s easy to flip them over (carefully holding the glass in place) to make sure you like the placement of the photo behind the frame.
Once you have your photo positioned as you like, carefully flip the frame back over and secure the photo in place with a couple pieces of washi tape.
Step 3. Create Hanging Template.
This simple little step makes hanging your frames and getting that perfect grid look super simple. To create a hanging template for your frame, you will need a piece of paper the size of the frame. The Darice 8 x 8 frames come with a perfectly sized piece of paper between the frames.
Take the piece of paper you are using for your template, and place it on the back of one of your frames. Use a pencil to mark where the hanging hardware on the frame is and to create a hole for where the nail should go.
Step 4. Mark and Tape Grid on Wall.
First you will need to do just a little bit of math to figure out how big your complete grid will be on the wall. I did a 2 x 4 grid (2 rows of 4 frames) with 4 inches between the frames, so my total grid was 46 inches wide by 20 inches tall.
Using a ruler, level, and pencil, mark out the corners of the grid on your wall. Then, use masking tape to tape off the outside edge of the grid.
This is an important step because it gives you a good idea of where your gallery wall will be positioned before you actually hang the frames. If you want to adjust the placement of the grid at this point, you can do so pretty easily without having any unnecessary holes in your wall.
Taping off the the grid also makes it easy to use the template to hang your frames, which is the next step.
Step Five. Hang Your Frames.
Finally, line your template up with tape grid on your wall and nail through the hole you made in your template.
Then carefully remove the template and hang your frame. That’s it! I started with the corner frames and then measured four inches over from those corner frames to hang the next frames being sure to still line the template up with the tape edge.
I am really happy with how this little gallery turned out, and I’m already thinking about expanding this one or finding other places to hang more grid gallery walls in our home. I put together this little GIF to give you an idea of all the different layouts you could create using this technique.
Thanks to Alexis from Persia Lou for today’s post!
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Alexis Middleton is a lifelong crafter/DIYer and blogger at Persia Lou. She started crafting at a young age. As a girl, she spent summers with her grandmother crocheting baby doll afghans, making coasters out of plastic canvas and yarn, and canning apricot jam. Today, Alexis spends a lot of time dreaming up and working on projects for her family’s home. She loves mixing traditional crafting techniques with a more modern aesthetic.