When I posted about this gallery wall during our living room home tour, I got so many compliments and comments on how I was able to create it and how much it cost K and I to make. With the outpour of love, I wanted to show you all how you can make an affordable gallery wall in your home. This affordable gallery wall is the perfect edition to any home and with some patience and a thrifty eye, it will come together so easily.
This gallery wall cost us less than $70 to make and it is my favorite thing in our entire home! When I was getting inspiration from this on various blogs and websites, I was shocked at how much people spent on items for a gallery wall. It should be fun and adventurous and it should definitely not break the bank!
Almost all of the items were thrifted or on sale and the only thing that I did not purchase myself is the marquee red arrow that was gifted to me from my sweet friend, Carli (you can find affordable ones here and here).
- Frames- thrifted at garage sales, store clearance sales, or free
- Quote Frames- purchased at HomeGoods on Clearance! The mirror was clearance too!
- Deer Head- DIY craft I did for under $10 all at Michaels. This simple DIY is composed of 4 items and it is so simple to make. DIY post for that coming soon.
- Photos- printed at Costco (great quality and even greater prices!).
When creating your gallery wall, I think the most important things to include our photographs and items that hold meaning for you. I love that all of my items were great finds at local garage sales and store clearances. It did not come together all in one day, it took a couple months to get all of the items I wanted.
The framed quote on the left and the framed ampersand were FREE thanks to free PDF downloads and fonts already on my computer! (If you need some help, comment below and I will be more than happy to help)
Are you ready to put your gallery wall together?
- Layout all of your pieces on the floor underneath the area you are hanging them in. This will create a visual of what it will look like on the wall.
- Mix and match pieces, go for a funky layout or design, it does not have to be perfectly symmetrical. I love the identical Kohl’s frames to create a sense of balance on both sides.
- Put your FOCAL piece a bit off centered. (Our focus piece is the photo of us towards the left and the deer head). Since I love both but wanted a pop of color, I split them off-centered). You can choose to center your focal piece right in the middle, but sometimes it throws off the funky-chicness of the wall and I get OCD about symmetry.
- 4. Once your layout is done, start hanging!
- In our home now, nails are a no-go because the home is so old and the walls are solid, so we used various sizes of command strips to hang everything. I LOVE command strips!
- To know where to place your command strips, I use two different techniques. One is to place painters tape where your nails/strip will go and then lightly push it against a wall. The tape will stick to the wall and you will have an idea of where to hammer or stick.
- You could also use the old toothpaste trick. Once you figure out where to place your frame, gently tap the frame against the wall and a little toothpaste should be left where the nail should go!
Your gallery wall is complete! I love my gallery wall and the fact that you don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars to make a space in your home that is so unique, chic, and rich.
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