Whether you’ve just moved in to a new home or simply trying to add flare to an uninspired room, a do-it-yourself gallery wall is one of the best ways to bring prominence and personality to any room, wall, or hallway. Not only does it add a charming and festive highlight to spaces, but it also offers homeowners a more fun way to feature memorable items from the past, such as family photographs and souvenirs from holiday vacations.
In this edition of the Tree Classics blog, we present to you four quick and easy tips on how you can create your own DIY gallery wall. You can draw inspiration on how it should look by using items you would normally think are reserved for the Christmas season.
Step 1: Gathering Your Materials
A DIY gallery wall is extremely personal, so the materials you would want to use should focus on what is important to you. Using photos of your family from Christmas holidays and other celebrations can make your gallery wall instantly homey. Placing letter cutouts as monograms, on the other hand, can give your DIY gallery wall a more unique touch. You can also use a round Christmas wreath as a contrast to square shaped picture frames. There are dozens of way to incorporate your treasured Christmas decorations in your gallery.
For the tools, you will need a hammer, some nails, a pair of scissors, a pencil, a level, a tape measure, and some newspaper. You can also use a few splashes of paint if you want to add burst of color to your gallery wall. Once you’ve got your materials down, it’s time to set it up.
Step 2: Planning the Look
One of the most important steps in creating a DIY gallery wall is planning. Dealing with different shapes, sizes, and colors can be difficult without the proper planning. Knowing what goes where is crucial to making a balanced DIY gallery wall. You can easily do this by cutting out silhouettes of your design materials using a pair of scissors and some old newspapers. Remember to punch holes in the newspaper using a pencil.
If you’re using a Christmas wreath or decorative plates for your wall, the holes will help you correctly frame them. Using tape and newspaper cut-outs to try out different combinations can save you time and unnecessary holes in the walls. Once you’ve decided on where everything will be and the newspaper cut-outs are taped in place, you can now introduce more permanent materials.
Step 3: Hammering Your Points
After choosing which items you’re going to place on the gallery wall, you can now use the holes we punched earlier as a guide to where you’ll place your nails. Use a level to make sure that everything is balanced on the horizontal. This is crucial because you would not want your design materials leaning over to one side. Carefully, use the hammer to put your nails in place. Once every nail is set, you can now start finishing up your wall.
Step 4: Adding Your Wall Décor
Finally, you’re ready to start placing your design materials on your wall. Remove the newspaper cut-out just before hanging the décor it represents. This will help you avoid any undue confusion while placing the items on your DIY gallery wall.
Sometimes, a brilliant idea comes up when you’re halfway done, but don’t fret. For instance, you may want to place a sconce to add lighting for special occasions, or add a garland as a border to enclose your gallery. Planning helps minimize work, so don’t be afraid to make last minute adjustments to make your gallery wall as personal as you want it to be.
A DIY gallery wall is a rewarding way to personalize your home, and using holiday decors such as a holiday wreath or a Christmas portrait makes it fun and cost-effective. For more stylish and convenient tips on home decorating especially for the holidays, stay tuned to the Tree Classics blog. We’d also love to hear about your own decorating ideas for DIY gallery walls on our official Facebook page!