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January 14, 2015

Hey everyone!

My husband and I find ourselves traveling more and more for work, and have ended up in some pretty stunning places. Despite the film gear we have, I’m always most impressed with the photos I take on my phone and post to Instagram.  I decided to take some of my favorite destination shots that I’ve posted online, and make a picture based travel wall in our office ♥♥♥

It can definitely be a pain to hang multiple frames at a time.  They almost always look crooked.  Hopefully my tips and tricks, will help you get the job done right the first time.

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I started by printing the four photos I liked best on regular sized matte photo paper. You can use glossy if you prefer.

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Then I put the photos in the same order I wanted them hung, to help visual where I’d be hanging each frame.

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I made a border along the backside of the photo using double-sided tape…

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…made sure the photo was centered and then sandwiched the photo between the two pieces of glass, gently pressing the glass into the taped portion of the photo to ensure a strong and stable hold.

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Tip: Make sure you clean the frame glass prior to inserting photos.  Dust sticks to photo paper.  The cleaner the inner panes of glass are, the better.

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Next I measured the wall to find a center point that I could base my frame placement on.

My wall was 13′ wide, so I made a mark on the 6.5′ measurement, at the level I wanted my first frame to hit.

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I wanted my frames 7″ apart, horizontally, so I centered 7 inches of tape measure on the center mark (3.5″) and marked where I wanted the edges of my frame to hit.

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Hanging the first frame was the easiest, using the marks I had made prior.  For all of the frames after that I used a little trick I found online.

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Using a free paint stirrer from Home Depot, I nailed the same nail I was using for the frames in one end of the wooden stirrer.

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Only hammer the nail partially in. You want just a bit of the pointy end sticking out.  You’ll see why.

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Hang the frame on the dull end of the nail/stirrer and place the next frame in the exact position you want it.

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Once in position, gently press the paint stick into the wall.  This will leave a little hole/indentation that will let you know EXACTLY where to hammer in your next nail.

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Next I measured 3.5″ above the bottom rows of hung frames and made my marks where the bottom of the top frames should hit.

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Using the stirrer, I repeated the same method as before.

Placed the frame exactly where you wanted it (leveled with the other frames), gently pushed in the stirrer to make my mark,  hammered in the nail, hung the photo and was left with four perfectly placed frames.

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I love the way this turned out and I can’t wait to add even more travel photos to the wall!

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Hope you enjoyed this post!

xo, Rachel

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  • LindaLibraLoca January 15, 2015 at 1:08 am

    Using a stirrer and nail is a great idea!

    LindaLibraLoca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • Lein January 15, 2015 at 2:51 am

    That looks wonderful! Great tip to use a stirrer!

  • Amanda January 15, 2015 at 6:47 am

    I adore this idea! Congratulations on your new home!!

  • Jesse May January 15, 2015 at 6:51 am

    I’ve seen that tip before but I never use it! Hah! I’m about to repaint my interiors and re-hang all our frames, so I’ll probably make use of that method to get things nice and straight. Thanks for the visual inspiration!

  • Pamela Gonzalez January 16, 2015 at 7:53 am

    Loved this! You could also write in nice handrwriting the location just below the photo if you want and that would look really nice as well 🙂

    www,pamelayaquelin.blogspot.com.ar

  • Pamela Gonzalez January 16, 2015 at 7:53 am

    Loved this! You could also write in nice handrwriting the location just below the photo if you want and that would look really nice as well 🙂
    http://www.pamelayaquelin.blogspot.com.ar

  • Aurora January 17, 2015 at 1:52 am

    That’s a really good and creative frame wall! And it seems easy!

  • Mindy Jones Crider January 17, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    I love this tip! can you give more detail on frames, size, and printing paper, etc?

  • Lauren Caris January 19, 2015 at 6:43 am

    I absolutely love this idea. Definitely going to try it at home! Just need to find somewhere I can print some pictures!

  • Chitra January 28, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    Lovely post! Btw i have those exact same couch 🙂