How to Create a Gallery Wall in 3 Easy Steps

By Jessica Friedman

I am a traveler. I L O V E to travel. I am also a photographer, so as you can imagine when I go on a trip I come back with hundreds of pictures. I wanted a way to display some of my favorite pictures from my favorite trips, so I decided to do a gallery wall in my bedroom.

Over the years I have collected a lot of picture frames as well as memorabilia from my trips. I didn’t just want black frames and straight lines. I wanted to incorporate some of the other things I have gathered along the way, like the wall hanging I got in China Town, the Route 66 sign I collected somewhere along the way, and the US map that I put pins in of places I have been to.


Here is what you need to create your own gallery wall:

  • Frames and Fun Things to Hang
  • Command Velcro Strips
  • Hammer and Nails
  • Roll of Paper, you can also use wax paper.
  • Permanent Marker

Directions to create a gallery wall:

1. I started with a roll of white paper and traced the frames and things I wanted hung. This way I could rearrange them on my floor without having to actually hang things.

Gallery Wall

2. Once I had all the frames laid out on the floor the way I wanted, I matched the paper to the frames. Then I started transferring the paper to the wall by taping the pieces up as I went. (It is much easier to move a piece of paper than a frame!)

GalleryWall Set Up

Gallery Wall

3. When it came to hanging the frames, I mostly used velcro command strips, so I could protect my wall from holes. For the heavier stuff (or the things that weren’t conducive for command strips), I used nails.

GalleryWall Finshed

I love the way it turned out. I can’t wait to go on more trips to switch out pictures.  You definitely don’t need to use this idea for just travel pictures like I did. It would be cute with family pictures or wedding pictures as well. Mix it up. Be creative. Have fun with it.


Jessica Friedman does freelance photography and design work. She is an avid traveler, reader, and crafter. If she isn’t out on some grand adventure you could probably find her watching Dancing with the Stars with a bowl of popcorn and her cats.