Post Updated: 2/28/2020.
Using empty picture frames to create a gallery style wall will create interest where there is none in your home in a”chic on a shoestring way”. Creating a decorative gallery wall this way is easy as you don’t have to be precise, measure, and line up every frame perfectly.
I don’t put up a lot of decorations for Valentine’s Day. Flowers and a few cards out on a table, but that is usually about it.
I created the picture frame gallery wall at the top of my foyer steps a while ago. To make it I used a few frames I had on hand along with a few I picked up inexpensively at thrift stores and yard sales.
This year for Valentine’s Day, I added a red wood heart along with some pretty pink roses to some of the frames. The heart and flowers gives the frame gallery a pop of color that I can easy change on a whim with seasonal colors, flowers and decor items.
How to Create an Empty Picture Frame Gallery Wall
I used Command Brand Picture Hanging Strips to hang and layer not only the empty frames and wood letters on the wall, but also the Valentine touches of the red wood heart and the trio of flower vases.
Once Valentine’s Day is over, I can easily remove both, leaving no damage – not one hole.
Command Brand Picture Hanging Strips come off cleanly and won’t damage your walls thanks to the stretch-release technology that is on all Command Products.
- Empty Frames of various sizes, colors, and shapes
- Command Picture Hanging Strips – 2 sets for each frame
- Wood Letters – craft store
- Wood Heart
- Flat sided glass vases
- Fresh or fake flowers
- Isopropyl rubbing alcohol
- Clean rag or cotton balls
- Bubble level
- Painter’s tape
- Tape measure
1. Determine how large the wall area is that you want to create the empty frame gallery. Mark it with painter’s tape. Clean wall surface with isopropyl rubbing alcohol, wipe gently, let dry.
2. Mark the same measurements on the floor as a staging area for the placement of the frames. Play around with how you want the frames to be on the wall – where your initials, heart, and flowers will go. Once you like your layout – take a photo of it so you have it as a reference, if needed.
3. Clean the back of all the frames with isopropyl rubbing alcohol and let dry. If there is any paper backing on the back of the frame, remove it or as much as you can.
4. Figure out how many sets of Command Picture Hanging Strips you will need. To make a set – press 2 strips together until they click.
5. You need to use two sets of Command Picture Hanging Strips on the backs of all the frames that will be attached directly to the wall. Do not add strips to the frames that will be layered yet.
To attach: Remove one green liner. Position one set of Command Picture Hanging Strips on the back of frame, press firmly. Repeat. Remove the remaining green liner.
How to Add and Layer Frames to Wall
1. Start with bottom frame in your layout/design. Use a bubble level to make sure frame is level and then press firmly into the wall for 30 seconds. Once first frame is up, continue to add the base frames to the wall in the same way. Make sure each is straight, then press firmly and hold each one up for 30 seconds.
2. Each layered frame and letter will need the Command Picture Hanging Strips placed in different areas on the back – it may not be on the top as the base frames were attached, so do one by one. Hold the layered frame up to the wall on top of the base frames that are already mounted on the wall to determine where the Command Picture Hanging Strips will need to be attached to the back of it – You want to attach them where they will overlap the first layer of frames. Once you figure out where the Command Picture Hanging Strips need to be attached, attach them in the same way as in Step 5.
3. Figure placement for layered letters to resemble a monogram. Add Command Picture Hanging Strips to the back of the smaller side letters first. Remove green liners. Center large center letter over them and press firmly for 30 seconds
4. Then attach the Command Picture Hanging Strips to the back of the larger center letter.
5. Flip it over. Remove green liner strips.
6. Press firmly to the wall. Hold for 30 seconds.
7. To attach a single letter to a small frame – determine where the letter will contact the frame. Place Command Picture Hanging Strips in these sections. Remove green liners, and press firmly into the frame. Hold for 30 seconds.
Do the same to attach the heart.
How to Attach Rectangular Glass Vases to a Wall
To attach the vases – Add one set of Command Picture Hanging Strips to the back of each vase as shown.
Determine placement for each and then press each firmly into the wall. Hold for 30 seconds.
Add water and flowers.
When February 15th rolls around, the heart and flowers will be easy to take down while leaving no damage to the wall since I used the Command Brand Picture Hanging Strips.