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Monday, July 29, 2013

How to Hang your Frames

I have so many frames and no where to put them all! At least that is how I felt after my wedding. Cliff and I have a small one bedroom apartment and I was worried I wouldn't find enough shelves and tables let alone wall space to display all of our new pictures from the wedding and engagement. I have such a hard time choosing which ones to print off, so after leaving the photo store (aka walmart print center) I end up with more than I need. 

I have been a little intimidated to hang these pictures since I can hardly get one picture on the wall without having to pull out the nail and damage the wall a few more times before I get it where I want it. 

I finally decided to just go for it today. I first started out by choosing the wall I wanted to cover. Then on the floor beneath it, I laid out my frames how I wanted them. It's a lot easier to lay out the design before getting it on the wall and feeling stuck towards the end. 

I then flipped over all the frames exactly in their spot.

I then took my very wide aluminum foil and laid two strips across the back of the frames.

This allows a perfect indentation of each frame and the hook for where the nail should be. If you would like extra guidance, you can use a sharpie to mark around the frame area and and X to mark the nail hole spot. 

After outlining each frame, take the foil and tape it on the wall where you wanted to hang the collage. Make sure it's not too overpowering, and it's where you want it. Next hammer a nail into each X. I put up each picture after I nailed each nail just to make sure it looked spatially correct. 

It may look a little odd, but it did help me make sure each frame was in the correct spot. Just take down the foil, move any frames that need it, and there you go! A perfect gallery wall that didn't take crazy amounts of measuring and stress!



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