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Gallery Wall For Under $20

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Repurpose, recycle, and get creative with the items you already have in your house to create a low-budget renter friendly focal wall. A gallery wall is actually much simpler than you might think.
Time: 2 Hours Cost: $20 Difficulty: Easy
  • gallery wall for under 20
Remove the glass from the frames.
I got these for 50 cents at the dollar store, I also used other ones I got from a garage sale for a dollar each.
  • gallery wall for under 20
Optional: Paint the frames a uniform color.

Since I had frames from a lot of places I decided to paint all of of them gold. I liked the pop of metallic. I used acrylic paint, but you can use spray paint too.
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Cut card stock of other thick paper to the dimension of the frame.

Tip: you can trace the glass you removed as a template.


Attach the new matting to the frame. It should stay in place on it's own, but feel free to use some tape.

Collect your favorite post cards, family photographs, drawings or paintings and attach them to the frames. I did a collection of old photographs and art work to create pops of color.

Because you removed the glass they're extremely light weight. You can attach them to the wall using tape or sticky tack. It's very easy to install and remove.
  • gallery wall for under 20
Collect your favorite post cards, family photographs, drawings or paintings and attach them to the matting you created using tape or sticky tack.

I did a collection of old photographs and art work to create pops of color.

Tip: If you don't have any photographs or drawings to showcase you can print images from the internet or trace fun silhouettes to add flare. 



Because you removed the glass they're extremely light weight. You can attach them to the wall using tape, sticky tack, or command strips. It's very easy to install and remove.
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The best part is that it's easy to switch up so you can change what you feature whenever you want.

Materials I used for this project:

  • Frames   (Dollar Store)
  • Paint   (Michael's Crafts)
  • Card Stock   (Michael's Crafts)
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Got a question about this project?

  • Wendy
    Wendy Far Rockaway, NY

    I love it Cara! Some great tips, and looks beautiful!

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