- Create templates. Before you start poking holes in your walls, create templates for each of your frames. Use paper bags from the grocery store, old sheets, or even yesterday’s newspaper. Trace each of your frames and cut them out. Tape your templates to the wall, and live with them for a few days. Rearrange them here and there, until you get them each in exactly the right positions. Then hang your frames!
- Incorporate more than just pictures. A picture wall doesn’t have to include just pictures! For me, the iron spiral at the top of the wall creates visual interest, and almost sets the stage for the pictures below. Think of doing something similar with a favorite mirror. Place it in the center of your wall, as a focal point, and hang your frames around it. This could also be the perfect opportunity to showcase your children’s favorite artwork. Frame your favorites instead of stashing them away, and enjoy them alongside your family photos.
- Start small. If you don’t have a stash of frames ready to hang, creating a large picture wall can be expensive, but don’t worry! Start with just a few of your favorite photos, and slowly add to it. Large chain craft stores have periodic sales on all of their frames. When you spot one, pick up a few more, and then expand!
Nikki McGonigal is the crafter/writer behind Nikki, In Stitches. She designs, creates, and provides instructions for craft projects from all mediums; from knitting and sewing, to cardmaking and home decor, and everything in between. She sell kits to go along with many of her projects, and just started selling patterns for her original designs. She has just opened her Etsy shop where she sells a few finished products.