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DIY Gallery Wall

Thinking about adding a gallery wall? Here’s a step by step process to make it easy!

Start With Art

If you’re goin

g for a modern look, choose a color palette and find art that fits within that. You can also try pieces that are from one collection, or ones that have a similar theme. If you want to make it appear like more of a long-time collection, use new and vintage prints and paintings.

Keep It Cohesive

If your images are going to vary, try to keep your frame choices cohesive – at the least, get them all in the same color. You will want any mat-boards to be the same color as well.

Make A Plan

Before adding any nails, lay your pieces out on the floor. Take a photo of your final arrangement so that you will know what you want it to look like up on the wall. You can also use painter’s tape to create outlines on your wall so you can imagine what the pieces will look like once they are up.

Use A Level

Making sure that first piece is hung correctly is one of the most important steps. If your reference point is crooked or slanted, the whole gallery can be thrown off.

Maintain Uniform Spacing

While the idea of a gallery wall isn’t necessarily to be perfectly organized, you don’t want it to appear messy. Leave the same amount of spacing between your pieces so the wall doesn’t appear haphazardly thrown together.

Use Measuring Tricks

Painter’s tape can be used in this step to mark off the amount of space you want between the frames. The tape will double as spacers between items as you hang the collection. Trying to use a measuring tape while hanging items can become frustrating, especially in small spaces.

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DIY Projects for the Entire Family

Having kids doesn’t mean home improvements need to go on the back burner. While children can’t help with every project, letting them help when the project meets their skill level will not only help them feel included, but it will also turn household projects into fun activities that everyone can enjoy. Here are a few projects that are kid-friendly!

Painting a Room

While the final layer should be done by an adult, letting the kids help with the undercoat is a great way to include them. They will get to feel like they played a part in making a change in your home and will be able to see that room and know they helped to make it new. If your kids are a little older, you may consider letting them help paint their room or letting them have a free wall to design as they wish.

Plant a Garden

Starting small with a window box, letting children help planting a garden has endless benefits. While teaching them the basics of gardening, they can also learn about the plants you choose and follow along on their journey of growth. Letting kids help can give them a sense of ownership while also playing in dirt. Does it get much better than that?

Cleaning Drains

While your first thought might be that this could be dangerous, don’t worry! You can clean your drains without using harsh store-bought chemicals. Your kids can help mix the non-toxic ingredients and you can turn it into a science experiment! You will just need to mix a cup of baking soda, half a cup of salt, and 1/4 cup cream of tartar. Let the kids pour half the mixture down the drain and then you can pour 2 cups of boiling water immediately after.