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How to create a gallery wall

How to create a gallery wall

Gallery walls are a great way to liven up a kids room, and one that puts a new direction on things – like this playful diagonal slant – is a fun take on the look.

Here’s how to make it happen. (And, of course, this same method works for creating gallery walls in grown up spaces, too!)

Easy as one...

Easy as one...

Start by taping off the outline of the overall composition, keeping it low on the wall, the right height for kids to enjoy. Trace an outline of the things you want to include in the display on paper and cut them out. Remember, you can mix it up; not everything has to be a framed picture – we used mirrors and a row of hooks as elements, too.

If you don't have a roll of brown kraft paper at home, gift wrap paper works just as well.

If you don't have a roll of brown kraft paper at home, gift wrap paper works just as well.

two...

two...

Then, pin or tape the tracings in different combinations inside your outline. Here, we created a strong line with four consistently sized pieces down the middle and added in smaller, mixed-shape pieces to fill in along the outside lines. But every mix is different, so just take your time and just keep going until you hit upon a flow that feels balanced and looks good to you.

Keep the surrounding furniture placement in mind when marking the area so it works together.

Keep the surrounding furniture placement in mind when marking the area so it works together.

three!

three!

One by one, replace the tracings with the real thing. As a finishing touch, add in a few 3-d elements to create depth (and fun!), such as the pom-pom string in our example. Voila, your one-of-a-kind gallery wall. Nice job!

Including a portrait of the (adorable!) artist-in-residence is always a nice touch!

Including a portrait of the (adorable!) artist-in-residence is always a nice touch!