I had a beautiful picture I wanted to put up in my new craft room but knew it would be too small for the large wall So I came up with a quick and easy way to create a wall grouping. Follow along and create one for yourself.
1. Place your picture or object that will be your focal point in the center of the wall or area you want to fill.
Time: 90 Minutes Cost: $12 Difficulty: Easy
2. Now choose items that have a similar theme and colors. This can be a
country theme, industrial or whatever you are after! You can buy new or what is even more fun, look around your home, in your cupboards, in your basement, etc for items you love. I decided to use some of my Grandmother's dishes that are over 100 years old!
So, how do you hang 100 year old china without damaging it? I found the perfect thing at Hobby Lobby. I also purchased more of these through Amazon who had better sizes at a better price. Disc plate hangers. . Used by museums for over 40 years you use a little water to activate the glue, pop on the back, wait 24 hrs and hang with the attached ring. And if at anytime you want it removed, you soak it in water and it comes right off! Ingenius! I also found some round mirrors that I decided to use too.
3. Now, take plain paper of any type and laying your object face front on the paper, trace your object. Remove your object and number it on the back. On my mirrors I just wrote on the back, on the plates I wrote on the Disc hanger. On the drawing write that same number. I also wrote on the drawing paper, now your template, what the object was. Mirror, bread plate, luncheon plate, etc. Now turning over your object measure from the top down to the hangar. On my mirrors there were sawtooth hangars, on the plates were the rings of the Disc. Now take that measurement and on that corresponding template, mark the placement of the hangar, where you would place a nail. I just made a dot. This of course takes the longest in the whole project. I had 13 objects to hang.!!That alone took45 minutes but the rest goes super fast. Once you have this done cut out all your templates. It doesn't have to be perfect.
4. Now for the fun part! With a piece of tape, I used scotch, place a piece of tape at the top of each template and then place each template on the wall surrounding your focal picture or object. Remove and reapply the templates to your satisfaction. I had fun doing this part!!
5. Once you're happy with placement, go to your template and nail your nail or screw in your screw at the mark you made on your template. For my small mirrors I used a nail. On the larger mirror I used a picture hanger, and on all the China I used a screw. It all depends on the size and weight of your objects what kind of nail or screw you'd use. Screw or nail at the mark, my dot, DIRECTLY THROUGH THE TEMPLATE.
6. When finished, tear away your template one at a time immediately following with the object to be hung using the corresponding numbers to match object to template. If you tear away and discard all templates at the same time, you'll lose track of where the objects go Since your number and name of object are all on that template!