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Diorama Key Hook

Never misplace the keys in your home again with a cute Diorama Key Hook in your entryway or garage. This shadow box may remind you of a dollhouse with its perfectly petite front door piece and modern white brick background but it’s fit for any home space. See how to create this stylish key rack using a white shadow box that goes with any décor style. Our Wentworth frame has a 2-inch deep molding allowing for quite the arrangement of details inside, including your full dollhouse style scene.

Diorama Key Hook Supplies

  • Shadow box: Wentworth 11x 10
  • Cup Hooks
  • Acrylic paint
  • Dollhouse front door
  • Patterned paper
  • Metal Brad
  • Mini Dollhouse Trees

Diorama Key Hook Step 1

Paint your dollhouse front door with acrylic paint colors, as desired. We choose a teal door and white trim for a modern look.

Diorama Key Hook Step 2

Remove the backer from your shadowbox. Cover with patterned paper in the print desired. We chose a modern white brick design.

Diorama Key Hook Step 3

Reinsert backing into the shadow box.

Drill a hole in the door and insert a metal brad to create a doorknob.

If desired, dress up your door front with a vinyl number to mimic your address.

Use a drill bit to create three small holes in the bottom front of the shadow box. Screw your cup hooks into the holes and tighten.

Diorama Key Hook Step 4

Adhere door in place, lining up the bottom of the door frame with the bottom of the shadow box.

Adhere two dolls on each side to make this diorama a little homier.

Diorama Key Hook Final

Add D-Rings and wire to the back and hang it on the wall near your front door or garage space.

Diorama Key Hook Final Close Up

Add your home, shed or car keys on the hooks and never misplace them again!

Diorama Key Hook

Diorama Key Hook

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About The Author

Tara Nehil Headshot Tara Nehil is author of SpotOfTeaDesigns.com, a lifestyle blog sharing home décor, crafts, party inspiration and parenting lessons learned the hard way. Her graphic design background is evident in the home she lives in and styles with her husband of 8 years and 2 young daughters. Follow her creative journey for photo tutorials, printables, budget-friendly decorating tips and ways to celebrate occasions big and small.
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Gallery Wall Tips from Interior Designers

A gallery wall can be a stunning focal point or a conversation starter in any space. But creating a gallery wall of your own can quickly turn into an overwhelming task. Here at Custom Picture Frames, our goal is to make custom framing more affordable and accessible and that extends to gallery walls as well. While you’ll always get the best frames thanks to our high-quality materials, it could be hard to get started planning your gallery wall.

To help make the gallery wall planning and hanging process easier, we asked interior designers for some of their favorite tips. 

Getting Started

Planning is key when it comes to the perfect gallery wall. It also helps to avoid stress down the line during the hanging process. Planning includes everything from where you’re going to place the gallery wall to the images you’re going to display. 

Look for Inspiration

Jess Welling, ​​a residential interior designer and blogger in Seattle, recommends starting with a Pinterest search and finding a few looks you like. “Take note of the colors,” Jess advises. “whether they've used all black and white photos, graphic art pieces, canvases, or a mix of everything.”

Pinterest Search for Gallery Wall Inspiration

Image courtesy of Crazy Wonderful

Once you determine what you like, and what you don’t like, it’ll be easier to start piecing together your custom gallery wall.

Choose Your Layout

The layout of your gallery wall will make a huge impact overall. With so many configurations to choose from, it’s important to choose the perfect layout for your space. 

“Figure out what you want your wall to look like,” recommends Jennifer Guerin, owner of JG Color Studios.  Do you want a gallery wall with straight, clean lines? Do you want a little organized chaos? Jennifer also suggests utilizing Photoshop or an app like ArtPlacer to see what your idea may look like to make the best decision. 

Pick a Theme

Now that you’ve identified the style and layout for your gallery wall, it’s time to curate the images. From family photos to art prints, the possibilities are endless. 

Interior designer Joe Cangelosi recommends focusing on one big idea instead of a bunch of small ideas. This makes for a larger impact overall and will help make curating your images easier. 

All of the interior designers we spoke with recommended focusing on decisions like color photos versus black and white imagery. Are you looking to display some of your favorite shots from vacation or decorate with pictures of your friends and family? Although they might be hard to make, these decisions are crucial to nail down before moving onto the next step.

Determine the Frames & Sizing

When we talk about sizing we’re looking at two different components. Determine how big your gallery wall will be. Then, it’s time to start planning the sizes of the frames that will fill that space. 

“Don’t be afraid to include large pieces,” Jess says. “I see people make is using too many small framed photos or art pieces in a grouping. This can end up looking cluttered and giving off a dorm room vibe.” She recommends starting with your bigger pieces (think 16x20 inches or larger) and then fill in around those pieces with smaller ones.  

Along with the size of the frames, it’s time to start thinking about the style. Jennifer says “You can mix them up, or go for all vintage or all modern - whatever gives it your own personal style!” Even if you’re looking to replicate a style or layout you found on Pinterest or Instagram, no two gallery walls will be the same when you incorporate your own photos and images into the mix. 

Gallery Wall Mockup in CAD

Image Courtesy of Joe Cangelosi Design

We hope we’re really driving home that a little planning goes a long way. Joe likes to take his ideas to the computer. “I use a computer program to approximate the size of each frame on the wall,” he says. “and can move them around the screen as needed to get the best composition.” But don’t worry if you don’t have the programs to do this online. You can also trace all your frames onto brown paper, and tape all the cutouts onto the wall using painter's tape. This brings us to the next step…

Gallery Wall Hanging Tips

If you haven’t traced your frames and cut out these handmade templates, now’s the time to do it. You can use craft paper, wrapping paper or even newspaper depending on the size of your frames. Don’t forget to mark where the hanging hardware is as well!

Newspaper Gallery Wall Templates

Image Courtesy of Jessica Welling Interiors

Start by taping the largest piece of paper to the wall,” Jess advises. It's important to create a balanced arrangement, whether you’re creating a symmetrical grid or an eclectic spread. Now that your layout is on the wall, you can make adjustments to ensure you don't end up with all vertical frames on one side and horizontal on the other.

“Once you like how it looks, then add nails and hang each frame!” Joe recommends. 

Make sure your frames are level and spaced evenly so that nothing distracts from your stunning display. If you need more help hanging your frames, check out our hanging hacks!

We hope these interior designer-approved gallery wall tips help you to create the gallery wall of your dreams. If you have any other questions on getting started or the gallery wall process in general, don’t hesitate to reach out to us! We’re looking forward to seeing all the gallery walls you create with our custom frames!


About The Author

Brittany DeMauro Headshot Brittany DeMauro is the Creative Director here at CustomPictureFrames.com. With a background in creative writing and a passion for all things DIY, you'll find her in the shop crafting content. She can always find space for a fun gallery wall and loves discovering new artists to display around her home (in custom frames, of course!) When she's not creating content for our brand, she can most likely be found binging shows on Netflix with her two cats.
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Seashell Collage Shadow Box

Bring the outside in with a fun shadow box idea that uses all those trinkets or natural elements you collected on your last beach vacation. Our Waverly shadow box features a neutral color palette that pairs nicely with pieces of the ocean, like seashells and driftwood, or would allow your Nana’s collection of custom pins to stand out. Follow along to find tips on creating a piece of art in your home using pieces of your journey in life!

Seashell Collage Supplies

Seashell Collage Step 1

This project would not be more simple! The hardest step is to find the true arrangement of shells you’ll love hung in your home. If you plan to display shells from your seaside findings, make sure you clean and dry them really well to avoid the sea smell from coming into your bedroom space.

Tips for cleaning shells: Rinse shells under running water and use an old toothbrush to clean out any ocean debris. Next, you can choose to soak your shells in hydrogen peroxide or if you’re daring, a mixture of equal parts water and bleach, for one hour. Note: bleach may change the color of the shell and also absorb the smell! Allow to dry thoroughly before working on the display.

Seashell Collage Step 2

When it comes time to creating your design, we suggest removing the backing of the shadowbox and laying it flat. Arrange your shells in different configurations until you’re satisfied with the display.

Seashell Collage Close Up

Use E6000 glue or hot glue to secure the shells in your desired display.

Seashell Collage Shadow Box

Use a screwdriver to add hangers on the back of the frame and display in your home.

The linen background option of our frames and shadow boxes allows you to bring a bit of nature and subtle texture into your framed piece. This neutral backdrop is especially beautiful to make white seashells stand out in the frame, as shared in this Waverly design.

Seashell Wall Art

Seashell Wall Art Room

This seashell collage pairs well with other pieces beach-themed designs, such as the Seashell Embroidered Canvas previously shared.

DIY Seashell Collage Shadow Box Pinterest


About The Author

Tara Nehil Headshot Tara Nehil is author of SpotOfTeaDesigns.com, a lifestyle blog sharing home décor, crafts, party inspiration and parenting lessons learned the hard way. Her graphic design background is evident in the home she lives in and styles with her husband of 8 years and 2 young daughters. Follow her creative journey for photo tutorials, printables, budget-friendly decorating tips and ways to celebrate occasions big and small.
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Seashell Embroidered Canvas

Embroidery thread is not just for your grandma’s needlepoint projects anymore! The classic craft of embroidery can be completed on cotton fabrics, denim, and even a painter’s canvas to create mixed media art. See us upgrade the basic white basic canvas into something full of texture and color using this thread type and a little acrylic paint that can be hung in your home.  

Seashell Embroidered Canvas Supplies

Seashell Embroidered Canvas Step 1

Add some color into your embroidered canvas piece by first painting a few areas of the canvas with solid color blocks. Choose colors in your room or ones that relate to your theme.

Seashell Embroidered Canvas Step 2

Once dry, lay your paper template on your canvas. Tip: use painter’s tape to hold in place for the next step.

Seashell Embroidered Canvas Step 3

Use an embroidery needle to create holes in the template in strategic areas. Start with any corners or edge of your design and add additional holes in set increments of space. Flip the template up to double check which areas you’re missing as you lay these plans out.

Seashell Embroidered Canvas Step 4

Remove the template and thread your needle with your desired embroidery floss color. Tip: you may need to separate your embroidery floss threads so it’s not too thick and won’t rip your canvas. We separated this 6 strand set into two groups of 3 when workings on our seashell design.

Seashell Embroidered Canvas Close Up

Follow the seashell outline using a basic backstitch.

Seashell Embroidered Canvas Horizontal

Once complete insert your canvas in a shadow box, such as the Murphy style using canvas clips. This 1.5-inch deep molding allows your new artwork display to stand out from the wall. Its sophisticated design will coordinate flawlessly within any space and with any embroidered canvas theme.

Seashell Embroidered Canvas Vertical

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About The Author

Tara Nehil Headshot Tara Nehil is author of SpotOfTeaDesigns.com, a lifestyle blog sharing home décor, crafts, party inspiration and parenting lessons learned the hard way. Her graphic design background is evident in the home she lives in and styles with her husband of 8 years and 2 young daughters. Follow her creative journey for photo tutorials, printables, budget-friendly decorating tips and ways to celebrate occasions big and small.
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Picture Frame Hanging Hacks For Hassle-Free Hanging
Collage of Picture Frame Hanging Hacks

Hanging picture frames can be a frustrating experience. Instead of putting a bunch of holes in your wall, we'll help you hang your frames like a pro. We've collected some picture frame hanging hacks that will help you put your new art on display!

Fork Hanging Hack For Picture Frame Wire

Trying to snag the wire on your nail can sometimes make you feel like a cheesy infomercial actor. But you don't have to guess or scrape up your wall to hang your frame from picture frame wire anymore.

Start by grabbing a fork from your kitchen. Place the fork on the nail with the bottom curve facing the wall. 

Then, carefully slide the frame over the fork's handle. This will help guide the wire right to the nail.  

After you've snagged the wire on the nail, pull out the fork and you're done!

Easy DIY Tool for Sawtooth Hangers

Creating a DIY hanging tool is easy with a few supplies you might even have around your house. You might've seen this hack in our How To Create An Eclectic Gallery Wall post by Shelley at Crazy Wonderful. All it takes is a piece of scrap wood (or some cardboard depending on the weight of your frame) and a screw or nail.

Place the screw through the piece of wood. Depending on the width of the wood and the weight of the frame, you'll have to find the best spot for this so that you can hold the wood up to the wall.

Hanging your art on that screw and position it on your wall. You can also lean a level on the tool to help you position your frame perfectly. If you've got templates already hung as Shelley did in these pictures, you can just find the center of the template. 

Once the frame is in place, push the screw against the wall. It will make an indent or small hole so you'll know where to place your nail. Then you can hang your art on that nail and your frame will be on display in no time.  

Painter's Tape Hanging Hack

For picture frames or wall art with two hangers, using painter's tape helps you get the job done like Shelley from Crazy Wonderful did in our How to Create and Hang a Gallery Wall blog post. 

Place a piece of tape sticky side up across the back of the frame right on top of the hanging hardware. Use a pen or pencil to mark where the hardware is on the tape. 

With the tape pulled tightly, position the frame on the wall. Use a level to line up the frame perfectly. Once the frame is in the right place, press the tape against the wall. 

Take away the frame and now you know exactly where to place your nail or screw! There's no guessing or measuring to help you find where or how far apart the hanging hardware is!

Hammer your nails in at the marks and you'll be ready to hang your frames with ease! There's no need to put any extra holes in your wall to get your frame hung. 

Here at Custom Picture Frames, our goal is to make custom framing more affordable and accessible to all! But we don't just stop helping after you receive your frames. We hope these hanging hacks help you hang your new picture frames or any wall art in general quickly and easily! If you have any questions about hanging hardware, you can find information about installing the different kinds in this blog post. And if you'd like to speak to a customer service rep, you can call, chat or email the team to get in touch with a framing expert. 


About The Author

Brittany DeMauro Headshot Brittany DeMauro is the Creative Director here at CustomPictureFrames.com. With a background in creative writing and a passion for all things DIY, you'll find her in the shop crafting content. She can always find space for a fun gallery wall and loves discovering new artists to display around her home (in custom frames, of course!) When she's not creating content for our brand, she can most likely be found binging shows on Netflix with her two cats.
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