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How to Create a Family Tree-Inspired Gallery Wall

If you're searching for ideas to display your family photos around the home, get inspired by this easy DIY arrangements that display your family history in a truly unique way: a family tree wall.

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Starting with photographs of the oldest members of your family and ending with the youngest, we'll be arranging photos in the natural progression of a family tree. This gallery wall style looks best when you have plenty of vertical or horizontal space to work with, like in a stairway, hallway or entryway.


A transparent grid ruler makes this project extra simple since you can mark right angles and the space in-between photos without lifting the ruler. You can find them easily at most department, hardware and craft stores. You'll also need your digital family photos saved to one location on your computer.

creating a family tree gallery wall
Step 1

Go to the folder you've saved your family photos to. Make notes of their orientations so that you have a better idea of how you will be able arrange your photos together. Example: Horizontal – 10, Vertical – 5, Square - 1

creating a family tree gallery wall

If you would like to crop any of your images to fit a different orientation, do this now in Photoshop or Pixlr using the crop tool. Select the crop tool, make your selection and press enter. Save your photo.

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Step 2

Measure the space you plan on using

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Matching the dimensions of your space, lay out a large enough sheet of paper to represent the size of your wall. You can do this in sections if your wall is large like mine.

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Step 3

Using the large paper you've laid out, your photo orientation notes and clear grid ruler, trace out potential arrangements and sizes for your frames with a pencil. Keep in mind that these trace outlines will represent the full outer dimensions of your framed print, which includes the matting and frame width. This makes your paper guide a very accurate visual guide of what your final wall will look like.

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Step 4

The next step is to order your framed prints. Using your outer dimensions, determine your print size.

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Step 5

Once your prints arrive, hang your paper guide to the wall.

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Step 6

To make sure your frames hang where they are intended to, measure the distance between the tops of each frame to the hanging wire. Take this measurement with each frame and mark on your paper guide where the hardware should be installed.

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Step 7

Using your hammer, install the hanging hardware for each frame on the guide marks.

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Step 8

Remove your paper guide carefully, leaving the hanging hardware installed on your wall. Hang your framed prints and enjoy!

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About Candice:

Candice Benge

Candice is the Photographer and Videographer at Gallery Direct. Obsessed with all forms of Art and Photography, Candice very much enjoys using photo and video to capture the details of our Artist's stories, their technique and the details of our unique fine art printmaking processes. She also enjoys frequenting and participating in art exhibits, growing fresh things to eat and spending time in the sunshine with her dog, Dragon and Hen, Hilda.