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How to Create an Eclectic Gallery Wall

There is just something so charming about a gallery wall. They fill a wall unlike anything else and tell a story about the people that live there. Gallery walls come in many different styles. The ones that have captivated people’s attention the most are eclectic; using varying styles of art, frames, and sizes. A curated collection of art that appears to have been carefully added to over time. Today I’m going to share with you how to create an eclectic gallery wall of your own.

Eclectic Gallery Wall

Eclectic Gallery Wall

Eclectic Gallery Wall

Gather Inspiration

Maybe you have some existing framed art that you want to include in your gallery wall, or maybe you’re starting completely from scratch. Either way, you’ll want to gather some inspiration for how you want your wall to come together. Pinterest is always a great place to start your search. Create a board with galleries that pique your interest and refer back to them when looking for art, frames, and layout ideas.

Gallery Wall Pinterest Inspiration

Try-on Session

One of my favorite ways to figure out a new look for my home is to “try it on”. Take a photo of the wall you want to add a gallery to and upload it to a photo editing website, app, or program that will allow you to layer additional photos on top. Personally, I like to use Picmonkey.com for this.

First, upload a photo of your wall to the photo editor. Next, take screenshots of art and frames that catch your eye. Refer back to your inspiration photos so you can play with different layouts. Now, layer art and frame screenshots onto the photo, adjusting size and position until you find a layout you love. This will help you visualize how the art will work together and what style of frames are best for your space.

Gallery Wall Layout 

If you want to visualize it even more (I always do), you can make paper templates to help nail down your exact frame measurements. I used wrapping paper for my templates. The backside of the wrapping paper had grids which made this even easier. Kraft paper or strips of painter's tape works too. When you’re finished with those templates save them because they’ll come in handy later!

 Gallery Wall Mock Up

Choosing Frames

Eclectic gallery walls are fun to put together because no two frames have to be identical. For the grouping in my bedroom, each of the six frames was different. To help reign in the options I repeated frame tones. Two black frames, two wood toned frames, and two metallic frames.

Eclectic Gallery Wall Frames

Picture frame moulding width is something else you will want to pay attention to. While there are no rules with this style of a gallery wall, I wanted my frames to have a similar moulding width. All of the frames I choose were a little under or over one inch wide.

Eclectic Gallery Wall Frames

And don’t be afraid to think out of the box with your framing! Instead of using a traditional frame for my large centerpiece artwork, I used a shadowbox frame. These frames are deeper with the artwork set at the back of the frame with separation from it and the acrylic at the front. I opted to forgo the acrylic and mounted my art print (which was 1/2 inch smaller than the frame) on a piece of foam board. It proved difficult to capture on camera, but the extra dimension it added is a cool effect.

Eclectic Gallery Wall Shadow Box

Choosing Mats

My favorite gallery walls have a mixture of frames with and without mats. For this grouping, the mats I used were the same color. Feel free to play around with size and style as well. For instance, this sketch below has a double mat setting it apart from the other single mat piece.

Eclectic Gallery Wall Mats

Choosing Art

Obtaining artwork has become a lot easier over the past few years. There are a ton of websites where you can download and print your own art which is a huge money saver. My favorite place to look is Etsy. For extra ease, you can even find curated groupings of artwork just for gallery walls.

As I did in repeating frame tones, I repeated the type of art I used. Neutral sketches, and painted landscapes in coordinating tones. This will still give you that eclectic feel but in a more cohesive manner.

Eclectic Gallery Wall Art

How to Hang a Gallery Wall

This is usually where people chicken out. Hanging a gallery wall sounds intimidating, and no one wants to make unwanted nail holes in their walls. There are many tips out there that can make this daunting task much simpler.

For the wall in my bedroom, I reused the paper templates I made earlier in the process. If you skipped that step just trace each frame onto gift wrapping paper or Kraft paper and cut it out. Tape your paper template into place and adjust as needed. I find it handy to have a tape measure and level on hand to ensure correct spacing at this point. Hanging your frames is going to be a breeze now!

Gallery Wall Hanging Tips

DIY Hanging Tool

There are picture hanging tools you can purchase to help get your nail holes spot on, or you can make one with scrap wood for FREE. That’s what I did. Just put a screw through the end of a scrap piece of wood and you’re good to go!

DIY Picture Hanging Tool

Hang the art from the screw, and when the art is in the correct position over the paper template just press the screw into the wall. You’ll have an indentation in the wall in the exact position for your nail. This even works for frames hung from wire.

Gallery Wall Hanging Tips

Gallery Wall Hanging Tips

All that’s left to do is level everything out and enjoy your work.

Gallery Wall Level

Eclectic Gallery Wall Final

Now that you know all the tips and tricks on how to create an eclectic gallery wall I hope you’ll give it a try!

Frame and Art Sources

Eclectic Gallery Wall Art

Frame and art sources in clockwise order:

 


About The Author

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Shelley, the blogger behind Crazy Wonderful, lives outside of Houston, TX with her husband, two children, and a dog.  She is currently working on making their builder-grade house feel like a home through DIY projects and thoughtful purchases.  Inspiring others to create a home they love is why Shelley enjoys blogging so much.  Her belief is that with a little creativity and elbow grease, you can make your home look like a million bucks without spending it.

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DIY Rainbow Heart Shadow Box

“Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud” ~ Maya Angelou

Your little one will be on cloud nine when seeing this rainbow heart shadowbox donning her bedroom wall. See how the light and clean palette of our Lucius frame allows the colorful paper hearts to stand out on any colored wall! This simple project can be done in any color palette with any paper shape so use our guide as inspiration for your next DIY design!

Rainbow Heart Shadow Box Supplies

Supplies:

  • 12 x 12” Lucius White Frame
  • Cardstock of various colors
  • Ruler
  • Glue Pen
  • Popsicle Stick or Bone Folder
  • Optional: Heart paper punch or Cricut cutting machine

This project can be made using traditional scissors, a paper punch, or using a Cricut cutting machine to cut out the shapes. Whichever route you choose, do your best to keep the shapes the same, especially when applying the second layers of shapes on a later step.

Cut Out Rainbow Hearts

First, cut hearts from colorful cardstock.  You can go the traditional rainbow route, try a pastel rainbow or try an alternative bright rainbow palette, as seen here.  Our 12 x 12” shadowbox uses (10) of each of the (6) colors shown.

Line Up Rainbow Hearts

Glue Rainbow Hearts

Get your ROYGBIV on and lay your paper hearts in order on the smooth, white shadowbox backing. Use a glue pen to adhere the shapes to the surface. Tip: use a ruler to help line these up as best you can.

 

Fold Rainbow Hearts

Lay a ruler on the center of your heart shape and run a bone folder or popsicle stick along the edge to score it down the middle. Fold the heart and rub along the crease with the flat part of the bone folder or popsicle stick for a crisp crease.

Rainbow Hearts Shadow Box Complete

Unfold and apply glue to stick on select hearts for a dimensional look.

Rainbow Heart Shadow Box Closeup

Repeat in a random pattern, as desired.

Rainbow Hearts Shadow Box Final

This glassless, dimensional shadowbox will be right at home surrounding the rainbow or unicorn décor most likely in your little girl’s space.

Rainbow Hearts Closeup

Rainbow Hearts Shadow Box Final

 

Rainbow Hearts 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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How To Create Cut Canvas Wall Art

There’s no negativity when it comes to this cool canvas wall art design. Well, maybe there is, but in this case, it’s a good thing!  Here’s another way to transform store-bought canvases into beautiful wall art for your home. With the help of an X-Acto knife and colorful cardstock paper, you can update the basic blank canvas into a unique piece of wall art by coloring in the negative space. Upgrade the look with a beautiful Greyson Floater Frame around your finished piece of art to complete the gallery art look. 

DIY Cut Canvas Supplies

Supplies:

Cut Canvas Template

First, decide on your design. You’ll want a pattern or shape that includes negative spaces. If you want to make this exact project, download our free template linked above.

Cut out all the negative spaces in your template.  We did this with our Cricut cutting machine, but you can easily do this with scissors or an X-Acto knife.

Cut Canvas Prepare Template

Turn your canvas over and lay your template down inside, using painter’s tape to hold it in place. Use a pencil to trace this template.

Cut Canvas Trace Template

Tip: if your design includes letters or numbers, make sure to mirror your template before tracing it so you cut it out the correct orientation once flipped over. 

Cut Out Design On Canvas

Remove the template and place your canvas on a cutting mat. Use a new blade in your X-Acto knife to cut along your pencil marks. Tip: if your design has straight lines, use a ruler!

Attach Cardstock

Cut cardstock to the sizes that will fit inside the back of your canvas to cover the shapes you desire. Run a glue stick along any interior surfaces and place your cardstock to cover.

Finish Backing

Use scotch tape along the edges to keep the cardstock in place then masking tape around all the edges for a stronger hold.

Clip Canvas In Frame

Once complete, attach your canvases to the frames using the canvas clips and screws provided.  Add a sawtooth hanger at the top.

Blue Flowers Final Cut Canvas

Hang your canvases and get ready to admire this high-end look for a budget-friendly price!

Light Blue Flower Cut Canvas

The grey and natural wood tones of the Greyson Floater Frame allow your intricate artwork to stand out in a bedroom, office or any home environment.

Light Blue Cut Canvas Closeup

Cut Canvases in Room

Consider staggering the pair in different rooms or flank them on either side of a bed or table space.

Blue Flower Cut Canvas

Cut Canvas Tutorial 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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Styled By: Connie Barnhart

Finding the decor style that best fits your life can be challenging. Some trends can look great in model homes. However, until you live in it, you may love it or hate it. This happened to me with our dining room decor. I went with a contemporary style for the dining room. I ended up hating it!

Read along how Custom Picture Frames transformed our dining room.

I initially had blue abstract art for our dining room. It was too cool with our grey walls. The abstract art wasn’t big enough to cover the large wall. I looked around for ideas to take up more wall space. Many sometimes opt for a mirror when they don’t know what to do with a wall. I considered this as well but I wasn’t sold on it. I love how pictures add a special touch to a home. I chose my daughter’s headshots because to me, home is where she is. Seeing my daughter’s pictures makes me happy and that’s what decor is all about. To me, art decor creates the ambiance and sets the mood similar to color.

Dining Room Feature Wall

 

I went with their Noir Classique moulding and created 30” x 30” oversized picture frames to add a luxury feel to the dining room. I have watched YouTube videos on how to make your home decor look like a million-dollar home. From this, I learned that oversized pieces add more of a statement versus smaller decor pieces. I also saw this when we went to open houses. Sometimes we would stop by million-dollar listings for fun and inspiration.

Valentine's Day Feature Wall

 

We are still in transition to a more modern farmhouse style for the dining area. I went with linen colored tufted chairs. The colors of the chairs and rug add a touch of warmth to our cooler wall color.

I have received many compliments on the dining gallery wall from Custom Picture Frames. I love decorating for the holidays. The dining room is currently decked out for Valentine’s Day! I love that I can change the pictures to decorate for every holiday. This benefit makes it an inexpensive large decor piece. I DIY painted Valentine’s Day art myself for the frames!

Custom Picture Frames now offers prints. I was shocked at how good my pictures came out. I'm not the best photographer, I use my camera in auto mode. My daughter's photos came out amazingly enlarged in 13" in X 13" in prints.

When the house is at rest (non-holiday decorated) I have the words: eat, laugh, love in half the frames to give it a dining room theme.

You can't go wrong with Custom Picture Frames to decorate your space. They have so many frame options to select from. They are hands down the best selection in sizes anywhere online.


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Connie Barnhart Bio

Connie Barnhart is a San Diego native and full-time lifestyle influencer. She shares about home decor, San Diego, motherhood, and style on her blog and Instagram. Her husband is a cyber security engineer and they have been happily married two years!

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DIY Cork Art Shadow Box Display

A day without wine is like… well, we have no idea! If you’re a big fan of being wined and dined and have accumulated a large cork collection, it’s time to put those drink stoppers to use to become a show stopper!  Your red wine at dinner and white wine in a bubble bath habit is about to pay off with a beautiful recycled piece of art that will fit right in next to your wine cellar or liquor cabinet.  The country chic design of the Bruno shadowbox frame will play up the aged look of corks to create something to speak to your wino personality.

DIY Cork Art Supplies

Supplies:

  • 8 x 12” Bruno Frame
  • Patterned paper
  • Recycled wine corks (if stained with red wine, even better!)
  • Steamer pot
  • Serrated knife
  • Hot Glue
  • Adhesive Vinyl
  • Gluestick

First, arrange your corks in your pattern or design of choice.

Steam Corks

Next, we’ll need to trim them down to fit the shadowbox. To do this, steam, but do not submerge, the corks in water about 10 minutes.

Cut Corks

Remove each one from the pot while still warm but cool enough to handle. A cooking tong is helpful! Use a serrated knife to trim down the cork to fit in the shadowbox. In our case, we trimmed them to ½ inch pieces.

Glue Corks

Remove the backing from your frame, and adhere a piece of patterned paper over top, using a glue stick.

Adhere the corks in the design of choice onto the backing, using hot glue. We chose to use purple-stained cork pieces for the base of our house and the natural color corks for the roof.

DIY Cork Art Final

Replace the decorated backing back into the shadowbox frame.

To make it extra special, add a phrase onto the front of the shadowbox using adhesive vinyl cut from a cutting machine. If you also have a cutting machine, you can grab our SVG file for free here!

DIY Cork Art Final 2

DIY Cork Art Final 3

Decide if you want it to have your frame hung or stand using a sawtooth hanger or an easel back and let everyone know that home is where the wine is!

DIY Cork Art 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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