Keepin' It Straight Family Gallery Wall

3 Materials
3 Hours

Procrastination is my forte, it seems. I knew what kind of display we needed and also wanted to keep all the photos straight. But I kept putting it off. Just before Thanksgiving last year we finished this gallery wall for our family photos, and for less then $20.
The most important thing you'll need for this project is a LEVEL. Plus helping hands. But use a level, seriously folks.
We used bulls eye blocks between these pine boards. The bulls eye blocks give the wall a bit of continuity and visual interest to the long length of boards. The boards are necessary to keep your photos STRAIGHT.
All finished. See how straight all the photos are? Gotta love it!
This project was super inexpensive and simple. The hardest part was choosing which photos to display. You know what we need now? Another long wall for more photos!

Suggested materials:

  • Pine boards  (building supply)
  • Bulls eye blocks to match boards  (building supply)
  • White paint  (on hand)

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Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!


Have a question about this project?

2 questions
  • Amanda
    on Jan 23, 2017

    Hi Ann, I want to create a photo gallery going up the stairs to my flat; can you suggest an easy way to do it and whether I should put pictures on both sides or just one? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Amanda x

    • Ann
      on Jan 23, 2017

      Pinterest and Hometalk are loaded with good ideas. You could stair step the boards or go with all one size frames. Also, Google images has some neat family photo displays. You will find the style you gravitate to by looking at all the ideas. One wall or two? I would start with one then add the second if you want. You can always change things around. Have fun!

  • Eva Snell Rubin
    Just now

    How are the pics on the boards? Some look like they are just sitting on the board but the board doesn’t seem wide enough to make pic stay put. It looks like the small ones are put up w hangers or nails but that seems like it would make changing out an issue.

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  • Mawmawkathy9
    on Feb 16, 2017

    I LOVE this. I am so glad that you posted this here. I live in a mobile home, so wall space is not as friendly to hanging too many "perfect" grandbabies' pictures, as well as the rest of the family. Using your idea, I can do thison a couple of walls, even, that are broken up with a window in the middle. I will post my finished wall when I get one finished.

    • Ann
      on Feb 17, 2017

      Thanks, Mawmawkathy! We are in a mobile home too but this works just about anywhere. This board idea saves my sanity since crooked pictures make me itch. lol!

  • Mawmawkathy9
    on May 15, 2018

    ANN!!! I finally got it done!! My wall I mean.

    Thank you so very much for posting your idea!!!


    • Ann
      on May 15, 2018

      Thank you! And also, you rock! Could you post a pic?

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