How to Personalize an Art Display

Think beyond pictures. These personalized frames and artwork make your gallery wall one-of-a-kind.

One of the best ways to personalize your home is with a large gallery wall. Each piece is hand-picked by you and the eclectic mix perfectly fits in with your design style. Take yours to the next level by customizing the frames that display your art. In the video above, we show you four ways to add interest to inexpensive frames. These fun projects let your creativity shine while saving you money. Step-by-step instructions are included below. 

How to Hang a Gallery Wall in Five Easy Steps

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What You Need

Project 1: In the Shadows

  • Frame with thick border
  • Japanese paper tape
  • Hot glue

Project 2: Quality Display

  • Print
  • Picture frame
  • Craft paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick

Project 3: Looking Sharp

  • Frame with mat
  • Permanent marker

Project 4: Enhanced Color

  • Frame with mat
  • Colored scrapbook paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick

Project 1: In the Shadows

You can find aisles of shadow boxes and their accessories at just about any craft or hobby store. Save some money and get exactly the look you want by making your own. Cheap frames with a thick border make great shadow boxes when you remove their pictures. For ours, we enhanced the frames with Japanese paper tape. Run a strip of the tape along the border for a sharp contrast of color. Fill your shadow box with vacation mementos like sea shells by hot gluing them directly onto the frame's glass. 

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Project 2: Quality Display

Get museum-quality art without hiring a local art purchaser. Find an online image that you love and print it out. Choose a cheap frame and cover the back of it in craft paper. Cut out your chosen artwork, if necessary, and use a glue stick to adhere it to the paper. Let dry and return your newly displayed art to the frame. This project is so easy and looks exquisite! We love how our faux Roman medallion looks in our art collection. 

Project 3: Looking Sharp

Photo mats that come with frames can sometimes look cheap. Instantly improve their look with one secret trick. Hold a black permanent marker on an angle and lightly trace the inside border of your mat. Be careful to not make any marks on the front surface. Place your improved mat over your piece of art and you will see an immediate difference. 

Project 4: Enhanced Color

Another easy way to make art pop is by using a colored mat. Upcycle a white mat by removing it from a frame and adhering it to the back of a colorful piece of scrapbook paper with a glue stick. If the paper hangs over the edges of the mat, trim to size. Next, flip over your mat, and cut an X in the mat opening, corner to corner, with a utility knife. Fold each triangular flap over the the mat and adhere tightly with a glue stick. Return the newly out-fitted mat to the frame and insert your art. You'll love how a little bit of color goes a long way! 

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