Two Must-haves for Creating an Awesome Gallery Wall

Gallery walls have become very popular way to decorate a wall but the quickest way to have your art look messy is to have a bunch of crooked frames. You’d be surprised how easy it is for that to happen. Someone lets the door slam shut, walks a little too close to the wall, or a little one reaches toward it, and there go your straight lines. There are two small (and inexpensive) tools I use to create and maintain my gallery wall arrangements. Here they are:

A small level

I don’t know about you, but I’m the kind of person that gets seriously annoyed by crooked pictures on the wall. And when there are several frames next to each other it becomes much easier to see when they are crooked. You can eyeball it, but a level makes it easy to check and see if things are straight.

All you need to do is to hold the level next to the edge of the frame (either horizontally or vertically) and make sure the air bubble is in the center of the two lines. A small level like the one in the picture below is easier to hold when you’re working in tighter spaces.

tool for creating a gallery wall
A small level is an excellent (and inexpensive) tool for hanging art.

Quake Hold (also known as museum putty)

This stuff is amazing. Its consistency is a little like gum and a small package lasts a long time. I roll some into a little ball and place it under one or two corners of the frame. Just a little bit of it will keep your frame from moving and keep that gallery wall looking fabulous.

museum putty for creating a gallery wall
Even if you don’t live in an earthquake-prone area this stuff is a lifesaver.

When you remove the artwork the putty comes off the frame and the wall without a problem. However, if your wall paint is porous it might leave a stain.

Ta-Da! There you have it. Two easy-to-use tools for your gallery wall project. If you’re looking for ideas on what to hang, check out my blog post on combining different types of art.

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