In this post: So you have a large wall that’s just begging for some art, eh? I’ve got you covered! Here’s how to make a gallery wall – without making unnecessary holes in the wall.

When faced with a large expanse of wall space in a room, a gallery wall is such a great decorating element to use. Here’s how to make a gallery wall in your house with your own DIY gallery wall templates. 

gallery wall

Why a gallery wall?

Gallery walls are a fairly inexpensive way to fill up a large blank piece of wall real estate. Not only can you stylishly share family photos, but other artwork can be mixed together. And if you keep the frames in a cohesive style or color a gallery wall can make for a very impressive statement wall.

We have used gallery walls in several rooms and spaces over the years as I worked out our own decorating style.

gallery wall


family command center

How do I create a gallery wall on a budget?

If you either collect frames over time or go thrift shopping for them, you can save a great deal over buying all new frames. 

You can also paint frames that you don’t love the color of for a more cohesive look. 

What should be included?

Gallery walls can include:

  • family photos
  • art prints
  • sketches
  • kid’s artwork
  • architectural elements and artifacts
  • tv’s (an arrangement of art around a tv tends to help it blend in)
  • postcards
  • vacation mementos
  • grandma’s china 
  • jewelry
  • game pieces 
  • and just about anything you can dream up! 

If you’re looking for budget artwork, you can always download and print free printables or very reasonably priced digital downloads

How to Put Together Your Own Gallery Wall – The Easy Way!

how to put together your own gallery wall


  • framed photos and artwork
  • hammer
  • nails
  • screws
  • screwdriver
  • brown kraft paper
  • painter’s tape or masking tape


01. Prepare your wall space

To start you need a big blank space. Which you likely have if you’re here working on this project. 😉 

02. Collect your framed photos and artwork

You can use family photos, art prints, silhouettes and other mementos. Gather up what you think you want to include in your gallery wall. 

03. Make your own templates

Trace each frame onto a roll of brown Kraft paper, labelling each one with the art, the frame colour (so you don’t have all black on one side or anything) and the orientation (portrait or landscape).

04. Arrange (and rearrange) your kraft paper templates 

Using painter’s tape, arrange each paper frame template on the wall starting with all the large frames first, filling in the spaces with smaller frames.

Make necessary adjustments with the kraft paper templates (because they’re so much easier to move) until you’re happy with the arrangement. Plus they leave far fewer holes in the wall!

05. Measure for hangers

For each frame, measure the location of the hanger on the back. Then measure and mark the coordinating hanger onto the coordinating paper frame.

06. Affix your hanger

You can do this right through the paper frame template in the marked location to the wall.

07. Hang your frames

Removing each paper template one by one, hanging the frame, and repeat for all frames. 

So you want to create a gallery wall somewhere in your home. Here's the quick and easy way to make sure you do it right the first time - without unnecessary holes in the wall!

Have you ever hung a gallery wall? Do you have any more questions that I didn’t answer here before you start your own?

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  1. Love! Still trying to fill the frames in my gallery wall, haha! Thanks for the inspiration to finish it off!

  2. There is a real art to this and you definitely have the eye for it. It looks wonderful and I really like that wall color.
    Pam @ BeColorful

  3. Thanks for reminding me that it IS worth the time to make all the templates. I’m working on a arrangement to go above the couch. The templates not only help with placement–but all that hammering!

    1. Trust me, I was starting to wonder if it was worth it…all those paper templates! Especially when the kraft paper would curl because it had been rolled so long! Oi! But then I started to plan it out on the wall and I was so thankful for the templates. Would you show us your gallery wall when it’s finished? S.

  4. You did it! All of your amazing planning certainly paid off in spades! You made it look so fresh… yea!!!

  5. Looks lovely, the white frames goes well with your wall colour. Great to plan beforehand coz it saves time when the time comes to put up the frames, thanks for sharing the idea.

    1. Definitely saves time. Doesn’t seem like it when cutting out all the templates…but then it’s a cinch to hang all the frames. 🙂

  6. This looks so damn good! Heaps of prep isn’t it (I’ve done one too but not as fancy as yours!) but well worth it bet you smile each time you walk past 😉
    Popping over from Thrifty Decor Chick

    1. Lol. Thank you! Lots of prep, but you are SO right – absolutely worth it!

  7. This is BEAUTIFUL!

    I just stumbled upon your blog somehow – and let me just say I am in TOTAL awe and admiration of your handiwork, your photos – your home is GORGEOUS!

    I love the colours, the design, the pictures, everything! Just beautiful!
    Thank you so much for sharing – I will be back! I want to move in, I love it that much! 🙂

  8. Hi, I love your gallery wall. How, long did it take? I have been putting off a very similar project. I found your site through Shauna West and I can’t pull myself away. It is truly unbelievable to see the transformations you guys pull off! You are very talented and inspirational. Thanks so much! I cant wait to purchase and read your book! Will it work with a kindlefire?

    1. Hi Erin! Love Shaunna! The gallery wall took one afternoon to put up. It couldn’t take longer ’cause I used our queen bed to lay out the brown paper templates! Lol. It is a fair amount of work but it’s so worth it. Right now the ebook is only in PDF but it will be available in other formats soon. Check back for updates. 🙂