On the 2nd day of Craftmas we bring to you a Farmhouse Style Gallery Wall Starter Kit.

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Hello and welcome back for the 2nd day of Craftmas!

If you saw yesterday, I am so excited to be participating in a fun little series called the 12 days of Craftmas with 3 of my blogging friends.

Throughout the first 12 days of December, we will share a DIY or craft each day that would be perfect as a gift this Christmas.

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Here’s what we have shared so far:


It’s my turn today to share a DIY craft/gift and I chose something farmhouse themed (shocking I know!).

I hear people saying they want to make a gallery wall all the time, whether that be above their couch, in their hallway or bedroom.

It’s easy to pop on Pinterest and see beautifully styled and magazine-worthy gallery walls that often times leaves you wondering if you could ever make something look like that (happens to me ALL the time!).

The hardest part about making a gallery wall is just getting started.  There are a trillion frame options out there.  Where do you start?  What do you buy first?  How do I make sure they all fit together in a cohesive theme?

Well, I’m taking the guesswork out of creating a gallery wall by making a farmhouse style gallery wall starter kit!  There are a total of 6 frames here which is the perfect number to form a gallery wall base with plenty of room to grow.

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Supplies

I decoupaged 4 of the frames (both 4×6 and 8×10) and painted and distressed both 5×7 frames.

Decoupaged Frames

First, I picked out 4 different pieces of craft paper from the mambiSHEETS set that I thought looked like they went together.

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After removing the glass and back from the frame, I cut each piece of paper into 4 strips roughly the size of the frame.

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I applied Modpodge to the frame using a paint brush, placed the pieces of paper over the frame, and liberally applied Modpodge over the paper.

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Then, using your a Modpodge smoothing tool or a regular ole’ credit card, smooth out any bumps and bubbles in the paper.  I used my fingers to press the paper around the edges and corners so that there wasn’t any excess hanging over.

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Once dried, I used the sandpaper to distress the paper a bit.

Last, I used a paper towel to apply some of the white wax over the paper and used another paper towel to wipe off any excess.  The white wax basically gives a whitewashed look to the frames.

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Painted Frames

For the other two frames, I painted them in a brown paint then applied the chalked paint over top once the brown had dried.  I wanted to stain the frames but because they were plastic, the stain just beaded on top and didn’t actually stick.  Bummer.

Once both coats of paint were dry, I used the same sandpaper from the other frames to distress the white top coat and expose some of the brown beneath.

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I also applied the same white wax from the decoupaged frame (in the same manner) so that all of the frames, while looking different, had the same top coat.  This gives them a unified look.


And, that is it!  Now you have a pretty set of frames that would be perfect to start your gallery wall!

 

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Do you think you could make a similar set?  Does it make you feel more confident if you’re trying to start your own gallery wall?

Well friends, that’s all for the 2nd day of Craftmas!  Remember to stop by tomorrow for another fun DIY/craft!

Wishing you a joyful day!

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12 Comments

  1. Sabrina

    This is such an amazing idea and I love how easy and simple it is. What a beautiful gift this will make!

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  2. zan

    Starting the gallery wall is often my problem, too. I see so many amazing ideas and wows, but it usually takes me a while to figure it out and then I want to make it all in one day. I kind of like a coordinated look and usually have to shop around hoping to find pieces to match that I could not find all in one place. Your idea of DIY-ing this set in various sizes is amazing. They are lovely!

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    • Sarah @ Making Joy and Pretty Things

      Sounds EXACTLY like the problem I have with gallery walls, that and staying on budget. It’s so hard to start a gallery wall, especially with all the “pinterest” perfect photos you see around. I’m so glad you like my little farmhouse gallery wall 🙂

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  3. Shani | Sunshine & Munchkins

    Great tutorial Sarah! I put off our gallery wall forever and finally bit the bullet a couple years ago. I love our gallery wall and it adds so much to our home.

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    • Sarah @ Making Joy and Pretty Things

      Thanks so much Shani!! I feel like just starting a gallery wall is the hardest part! I wanted to take the guess work out of that. So glad you love your gallery wall!

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  4. Lora

    The is a really clever idea! I’ve never been able to make mod podge look very good — but I’m wondering if it is because I wasn’t sanding afterward! What a difference that step made. These are really pretty!

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    • Sarah @ Making Joy and Pretty Things

      Thanks so much Lora!! I’m honestly not great with mod podge, I think it’s a “practice makes perfect” scenario. I can’t ever make it completely smooth without bubbles so the sanding helps distress it AND remove those wrinkles/bubbles 🙂

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  5. Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}

    What a great idea! I love how they all look different, yet match perfectly for the gallery wall. Fantastic!
    XO! Vanessa

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    • Sarah @ Making Joy and Pretty Things

      Thanks Vanessa!!! That was the idea for the gallery wall – have matching frames that look different. I’m glad you like them!

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