Every time we go on a vacation, we come home with either a painting, a print, or something else that can be featured on a wall. And don’t forget about all of the photographs we take while exploring — we take lots of those. Because of this, we determined that we needed some sort of travel gallery wall to feature all our favorite places and memories. I love being able to look above our couch and view all of the great times we experienced abroad. Plus, I think it’s fun that we decided to include maps, a Scottish clan plaque, and everything else under the sun. It’s quite the collection of random adventures and mementos.
A few months ago we started collecting random frames from HomeGoods, Marshall’s, and TJ Maxx since we wanted an “eclectic” look, and then we unpacked all of the paintings and prints we had purchased over the years. The problem with buying art abroad is that the pieces are usually random sizes, so a lot of cutting and trimming is always involved. We’ve had some of our paintings professionally framed (they’re displayed in other rooms in our home), but since that gets pricey, we didn’t do it for some of the smaller prints and paintings.
Even though the trimming part sucks, if you have a paper trimmer like this one, your life will be a million times easier. I really need to purchase one… or steal my mother’s scrapbooking tools.
I used pieces from a map of Scotland I found in one of our carry-on suitcases, black and white photos I printed at Walgreens, and basically any print and painting that didn’t already have a designated place in our home. Since we had everything but the frames, this project was fairly inexpensive.
Before I started the process of actually hanging all of the frames on our wall, I set up everything on the floor and cut out pieces of paper that corresponded with each frame’s size. Then I taped the paper up on the wall and started organizing everything. Honestly, that got old. I only did this for a few of the frames, then I started randomly nailing. Since I have no patience whatsoever, this method worked out better for me. And I like that the space between each frame isn’t perfectly even; it gives it more of a random look.
And that’s our travel gallery wall! We’ve added a few more pieces over the past couple of weeks so I’m sure the collection will grow.
Do you have a gallery wall in your home?
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