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How to Create a Gallery Wall Collage with Frames

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!

How to create a collage gallery wall using a magic square or rectangle

I’m going to share how-to  create your own gallery wall, using a few very simple tricks and tips!

How to lay out a gallery wall collage using frames

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.

Lay out a collage gallery wall on the floor first before hanging on the wall

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.

Use a magic square or rectangle to create a collage gallery wall. As long as it all fits even in teh shape, you can mix and match and build your grouping

It really helps figure out the bigger puzzle, because really, that’s what a collage wall is. A big puzzle.

Make a gallery wall with these simple steps

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!

Collage gallery wall with frames

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!

Create a collage gallery wall by mixing frames and objects

Fresh flowers in a glavanized container looks pretty as a creative vase idea

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.

Collage gallery wall with fun boho decor

How to make a collage gallery wall with color and texture

I used a bookcase as my anchor under the gallery wall, and had fun styling that too.

Simple styled boho bookcase shelfie idea

 It was fun to add in color and mix in natural elements.

Book case styling idea with boho decor

These are some of my favorite books, and I love the colors for this project!

The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes

The Inspired Room: Simple Ideas to Love the Home You Have

Foraged Flora: A Year of Gathering and Arranging Wild Plants and Flowers

Boho book stack new bohemians,the ipired room,foraged flora

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!!

You can learn more about the display rules of 1-2-3 here , or how to use the tools that stores use of merchandising and display in your own home!





  1. I love your tips and all the little creative elements you use to personalize everything so beautifully, Jen!
    When I create wall art, I always think of all those hours of putting together my high school yearbook. (Fun memories!) Anyway… back then we did layouts on paper grids (not digitally). There was always a grid pattern to follow with vertical and horizontal lines and it works to give a good flow to my wall collages with those simple/strong internal lines. (If that makes any sense! LOL)

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