Anyone who knows me well would tell you that I am terrible at precision work. I hate measuring, using a level and engaging in activities that require lots of time and patience . I prefer projects that take little time, have a lot of impact and provide a sense of instant gratification.
Considering what you now know about me, would you be surprised to learn that I was able to competently hang a gallery wall in my hallway last night? I am telling you, hanging that gallery was easier and much more instantly gratifying than writing this blog post.
Supplies to Hang Your Gallery Wall:
- Craft or wrapping paper. I used left over christmas paper because it had a square grid on the wrong side.
- Measuring tape (I promise you will not use it all that much)
- Pen or pencil
- Small ruler
- Painter’s tape
- Nails, hooks or whatever else you are using to hang your images
Next, you need to determine the placement for each hook. To do this, measure the distance between the top of each frame and where the hook should be placed. This measurement is represented in the image above by the distance between my finger and thumb. If your frame, will be hung using wire, make sure you pull that wire tight when measuring the distance between the hook and the top of the frame. Take note of the distance you measured for the frame. Repeat this process for all the frames in the arrangement.
Mark a dot on the wrapping paper where the hook should be placed. To do this, find the center point on the top horizontal line of of each frame outline. Place your ruler vertically on this point and measure the distance you recorded above. For a visual, see the image below where a hook has been hammered into the wall on the spot marked in this step.
When you are finished, take your wrapping paper and stick it on the wall using painter’s tape.
If you are happy with the placement of all the images, you can start hammering your hooks into the wall directly over the wrapping paper on the spot marked in the previous step.