I think creating a gallery wall collage can seem intimidating if you don’t know the tricks. You can make an really awesome one, even if your frames an items are all completely different. Gallery walls are so fun to make because you can really personalize you space!
I’m going to share how-to create your own gallery wall, using a few very simple tricks and tips!
Started building a gallery wall by laying out the frames you want to use. You don’t have to just stick to pictures either, you can think outside of the box and add things like fun wall planters, decorative plates or art objects. To personalize it, I pulled some of the frames and added in some of my own artwork and items.
I also played with the arrangement bit. Even with clients, I always work it out on the floor first before any nail, screw or sticky hanger goes up.
I like to use what I call the “magic square” (or rectangle) technique to create a gallery wall. Imagine all of your items have to fit in the inside of a certain size square or rectangle. Put your focus piece in the middle and arrange from there.
It really helps figure out the bigger puzzle, because really, that’s what a collage wall is. A big puzzle.
I changed it a few times until I decided on my focus piece and then built around that, and worked out my pattern. You can see from my first two layouts, they were quite different.
For my focus piece, I added an empty frame of my own, and a vintage brass 5 in the center and built around that. Gallery walls can contain artwork, personal photos, or even a combination of the two. I used my own artwork (with the exception of the Peony Love canvas), real feathers from the craft store, and prints in my gallery wall collage. For even spacing, it’s important to pick one size. I kept about 2 inches of space around all of my items no matter their size or shape.
I am pretty happy with how it turned out!
I went with a kind of boho feather and color theme. For the top picture in a blue frame,I took real feathers and glued them on paper with hot glue and a swish of gold paint. Super easy and cute!
I had a galvanized pail that’s actually for office supplies, and loved the idea of having real flowers in my collage gallery wall. They didn’t last more than a few days, even in a hidden cup of water, but they looked pretty while they lasted.
I used a bookcase as my anchor under the gallery wall, and had fun styling that too.
It was fun to add in color and mix in natural elements.
These are some of my favorite books, and I love the colors for this project!
You can make your own easy as 1-2-3 and create a gallery wall collage using the “magic square” system. I hope you are ready to tackle your own wall of collaged items!!