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DIY Wall Art ~ Gallery Frames

Hey friends!

I hope you all had an awesome weekend!  I had an eventful week last week.  I managed to have 2 children in the ER with stitches 5 days apart… ‘Mom of the Year’ right here!

So… I decided to tackle an easy project over the weekend.  I needed something simple and quick and this one fit the bill!

I have stared at the blank space above my board and batten wall for too long… I finally filled it with my 5 favorite little people!  Here is how my wall gallery frames turned out!

wall frames with finials

These are so simple to make!  Bust out your hot glue gun… No power tools needed on these bad boys.

Here we go…

I started with 5 frames I found at Walmart!  These were $5, but I love the way they look.  You can also find cheaper frames at the dollar store if you want!

cheap frames

I started by taking the back off the frame, and removing the glass.  Basically… You want a blank open frame.

Now for the inside…

how to make a frame

I took those pieces and stuck them back in the frame.  I hot glued mine in place.  Gorilla tape is another great and easy way to hold them in place.

I needed a way to hang them, so I used these cup hooks from the hardware store and spray painted them black to match my chain.  Then, I just screwed 2 of them into the top of each frame about 2″ from each side!

cup hooks

This is the chain I used… Each frame has a chain that is 42 pieces of chain long.  I just used a pair of cutting pliers to cut the chain the length I needed it.  I found my chain at Lowe’s for around $7.

chain

My favorite part is the finials!  I used these unfinished finials from Lowe’s.  They used to carry 3 different sizes, but this is the only style my Lowe’s carries now… Boo.  Oh well… Worked for this project!  I stained mine using Rust-Oluem Wood Stain in Early American.

 You can also use hooks or drapery finials for a cute way to hang your chain.  My frames are very light, so I wasn’t concerned about weight.  I just used my hand to screw them directly into the wall 16″ apart.  If you are concerned about weight, just add some anchors to the wall first and put the finials into the anchors… Easy!

wood finials from Lowe's

I like to print my pictures from home for all of my projects!  It’s quick and easy, and perfect for the fickle crafter like myself 😉  Walmart also offers great prices on their 1-hour developing.  I like using photo paper like this…

I wanted a fun way to attach my photos to the frames.  I also wanted to be able to change them out whenever I wanted.  I decided to use decorative tacks for mine.  I found mine at Hobby Lobby, but you can also find them at your hardware store!  I just pushed a tack into the 4 corners of each picture.  The tack does stick out on the back a bit, but since nobody sees that part I decided to ignore it 🙂 These will obviously leave holes in your photos… So, I would encourage cheap prints and copies of photos like I use.

That’s it!  Simple, cheap and oh so CHIC!

What do you think??

wall frames with chains

frames on finials

chain wall frames

wall frames with finials

Hope you love it as much as I do!

I would love for you to share my frames and PIN them below!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I am off… Hopefully not to the ER… Again. 😉

~Whitney

25 Comments

  1. Linda Cooper on March 27, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    How did you attach the finials to the wall? Thank you.

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