To Make a Gallery Wall

 

     Hi guys! I thought it would be fun today to give some guidelines and tips for putting together a simple gallery wall. It's less intimidating than it seems, I swear! The main thing to keep in mind when starting a gallery wall is make sure the collection you are displaying isn't too uniform. In my opinion, things that match can be a little boring. I always say that when it comes to clothes, decor, anything visual really, your pieces should "go" not "match". With a gallery wall, contrasting items keep the eye moving, keep the viewer interested. That's why too much uniformity seems boring to me. I move on very quickly if all of the pieces look the same.

     Once you have your pieces picked out, you can start the layout process. The photo above is of one of the gallery walls in Bailey's room! As you can see, I started with the large canvas in the middle. I like different sizes and display options in my arrangements. This is important to keep in mind when doing your layout, seeing as it might look a little redundant to have two framed photos side by side. I love using washi tape as well as another display option. Those are the ones I don't mind putting side by side because the washi tape isn't literally framing the pictures, and therefore can be arranged differently (and it's nice when you don't have to put a million holes in your walls). Like the wall above, you can also start with a center piece and work your way around it with smaller prints, or you could do only small prints. There are really endless options to play around with. I recommend sketching out a rough blueprint of your layout before doing any hanging, or you can do the tried and true method of taping out the shapes onto your wall first to get a to scale prototype of your wall.

     Below, I have featured some of my favorite gallery walls from Pinterest. Be sure to go follow the blog there as well! I love my Pins. :) Happy Monday!

To Make a Wall Hanging

 

     This post is going to be fun. Reason why, #1: Everyone loves and wants a wall hanging, and this super cheap and easy DIY is a good way to get one. Reason why, #2: I am using this post to announce that I will be making and selling these, starting in the spring, through a shop on here (coming soon!) and one on Etsy. To start off, the shop will only contain wall hangings of small and large sizes and a few color options. Who knows, maybe later I'll add some pinch pots and ring cones. That being said, my main reason for doing the shop and for this DIY post is to bring more accessibility to wall hangings. Every time I had looked for one in the past, they were all way too expensive. I understand why woven and crocheted wall hangings cost more, but ones similar to the one I've made here were in the same price range. I was mystified. As usual, I took it upon my self and my craftiness to fix my own problem.

     The wall hanging you see above took about 30 minutes tops. I've made a larger one for our living room and it took about an hour. I still love to just sit and look at it. This one is for Bailey's room, so it's a bit smaller and hence, did not take as long. It only takes a few materials and you can customize it however you'd like. I chose a cream/white yarn that was the thickest I could find because I just think it looks cleaner. Simple as that. Get the how-to below!

Materials:

- one 8 inch dowel rod

- yarn, lots of yarn

- scissors

- twine

Instructions:

Step one - Decide roughly how long you'd like your hanging to be. Cut about 30 pieces of the longest length you want for the center of the hanging, if you are doing a chevron cut like mine. We will trim it off later.

Step two - One by one, attach your yarn to the rod with a double knot. Keep in mind to tie each string exactly the same, either from looping the yarn behind the rod or from the front. You can do either one, just make sure they are all the same, so that you won't have random ends showing from the knots.

Step three - Once you've finished attaching all of your yarn, trim into the chevron shape and attach your twine for hanging. Happy crafting!