Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Making a Gallery

I don't know about you, but I love me a good gallery. I fell in love with the willy-nilly variety from design blogs and magazines, and knew I had to have one of my own. Here's a little sneak peek of the one I made just above my piano.

So how do you get an entire gallery wall for less than 100 bucks?

Step 1: If you got a disk of images from your photog, go ahead and print them out. I chose Walgreens, because had a great coupon offering $10 off your order. So, I received six 8x10's and eight 5x7's for $25. Plus, they were ready in 30 minutes, and I even placed my order online! Score! You need to be sure to check your image resolution, you never want to go below 250 dpi for a printed image. I'm able to enlarge mine up to 16x20, but most print places have to order out for poster sizes (usually anything 11x14 and up) and I didn't want to wait.

Step 2: Buy frames on a 50% off sale at Hobby Lobby. Each 8x10 was $3 with the discount, and my 11x14's were $5. So if you're keeping count, that brings the frame total to $54. I chose to size up the frames so I could add matting.

Step 3: Add your mats. Again, I waited for a 50% off day for pre-cut mats. Seriously, I am devoted to Hobby Lobby because of all these deals. It's the bomb! The 5x7's were $1 each, and 8x10's $2 each. So that's $20 for mats.

Step 4: This one's optional. I had one can of white spraypaint at home already, and picked up another at Wal-Mart for about a buck. I wanted to spray the black metal frames white to match the mats and put the emphasis on the photos. Here's how each one looks.

Pretty nifty, eh? Very professional, I think. I mentioned I was a fan of the random arrangements, so here's how I set mine up.

That's a Halloween mummy bowl sitting on a console behind our couch, not a UFO. Promise!

I cut out computer paper to match each frame size, and taped them to the wall until I was happy with the arrangement. Then, I nailed through each sheet of paper, pulled it off the wall and added the frame. Voila! Instant gallery goodness. This way you can play around with your setup without having a million nail holes in your wall. I hung them all before we were able to move my piano back to my house, and luckily it barely fit beneath all the photos. Whew! Moving them all up would have been a PITA.

So there you have it, an easy way to assemble and set up your very own gallery of wedding photos, all for under a hundred dollars.

How do you plan to display your wedding photos? Will you frame them, or come up with something else?

1 comment:

Newport Nuptials said...

Great tips! I want to do a wall collage and was worried about it getting pricey. Our photos come in this week, I can't wait to start this project! :)

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