Need a little creative motivation to finally hang those photos and display your favorite prints? Look no further — we found gallery walls that will inspire you to showcase your art in a way that is unique to you and your home. Easier than you think, gallery walls create a relaxed way of styling without having to worry about the rules of scale and spacing . . . because there are none! Here are nine ways Instagram users are trying this trend — click to find one that inspires you!
If that new camera you got over the holidays is coming in handy already, then you've probably got a ton of pics you want to showcase. Instead of buying a digital photo frame, pick up one of these fun frames that allow you to show off only the best of your fine photog skills.
If you like it, then put a frame on it, no matter what it is. I think frames are fabulous, whether they're gilded or grungy or somewhere in between. It's all about what you do with them.
So next time you stumble upon a frame you can't live without but don't know what to put in it, consider framing something totally unexpected. Here are eight ideas to dress your walls.
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Have you been hanging on to a pretty frame that's missing glass? Not sure what to do about it? Well, take a cue from crafty lady Disney and create a three-dimensional picture with it.
Disney writes, "I've had this gorgeous black frame with no glass for a long time, and I finally thought of something to do with it! My dining room wall has a bird theme, and as I was about to clip the hanging wire off this frame, I thought "Hey, it kind of looks like a telephone wire! Just needs birds!"
Disney cut out crows from craft paper, and attached them to the wire. Then, she hot glued twigs from her yard to create trees.
This is such a smart re-use of a glass-less picture frame, and so fun for Fall decorating. It would be a great art project to try with your crafty friends or your children, and an unusual way to add some Fall or Halloween charm to your home. What a great project!
My grandmother was the ultimate creative, painfully chic and actually an interior designer herself. So, it didn't come as a surprise when she revamped this French door in her living room (which leads to a rarely used closet), using it to frame black-and-white family photos. She had mattes made to border each photo, or each arrangement of photos, and placed them behind the glass door panes. Then, she had a piece of plywood cut to size, and secured to the door to keep it all in place. It was the sort of great idea that needed to be well executed to succeed, and I think it did. The fact that she used black-and-white family photographs made it all the more nostalgic, timeless, and cohesive. Somehow I don't think color photographs would triumph there. What do you think?
It looks like an old CRT, which many of us have ousted in favor of high def flat panels, but their replacement doesn't mean that can't be the new kitschy vintage geek thing. I wonder: Are tube TVs the new mixtape?
Since I recently suggested you repurpose your belt buckles as frames, when I came across a belt buckle for sale used in the same way, I couldn't help but share! The Domestikate Custom Belt Buckle ($26) was originally used to hold polished rock and gemstone pieces, and it has a D-ring on its back side, so it can actually be used as a buckle or just as a decorative frame. I love its 1970s Western theme, and think it just begs for a black-and-white cowboy image inside. The seller will print your photo to size and set it in the frame with a plastic protection sheet in front. Pretty neat, huh?
Using a triptych photo frame can make a photo collection more substantial, or unite three images with a common theme such as subject, composition, or color. And, if you have three wall-mounted frames without stands, turning them into a triptych will allow them to stand up on their own. A photo triptych makes a great gift and a fun weekend project.
- three 3.5-by-5-inch unfinished pine frames
- four hinges with screws
- small flathead screwdriver
- paint in your color of choice and a paint brush (or spray paint)
I love this idea for repurposing old belt buckles that I found over at Martha Stewart. Take thrifted belt buckles and use them as miniature photo frames, or even better, stick a magnet on the back and display them on a refrigerator or other magnetic surface. Antique stores, flea markets, or thrifting adventures should yield plenty of great possibilities for frames. Try to stick to similar shapes and color palettes to really make the collection gel. Need step-by-step directions? You can learn how to make this craft yourself here.
My all-time favorite ice cream shop, Ici, announces their rotating handmade flavors on cute framed signs. While I love everything about the signs, from the font to the bold, black frames, my absolute favorite part of these ice cream signs is the pretty red ribbon with which they're hung.
If you have crown molding in your house, you also probably have a line of molding below it, which is known as a picture rail or picture molding. Using picture frame hooks and some ribbon, you can re-create this very cool look. Are you going to try it at your home?