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Creating a Gallery Wall

Nobody likes taking a stab in the dark… or making a bunch of useless nail holes in a once-pristine wall.
Butcher paper is the answer to creating a no-hassle gallery wall.


  • Butcher paper
  • Tape
  • Marker
  • Ruler
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Bunches of beautiful art, ready and waiting for a home on your wall.
step 1

First, get a big ol' sheet-big enough that it will cover the entire area of your wall that you want to bedeck with your gallery arrangement.

step 2

Lay your piece of butcher paper on the floor and arrange all the pieces of art that will be part of your gallery wall on the paper. Now the fun part: keep re-arranging until you've found your favorite layout.

step 3

Once you've created an arrangement that makes you happy, use your handy ruler to make sure that you have a consistent amount of space around each piece (2" for smaller pieces or up to 4" for larger pieces is a good rule of thumb).

step 4

Trace the outline of each frame in its ideal position and measure and mark the spot where each nail should go.

step 5

Tape the whole sheet of butcher paper to the wall, and hammer each nail right through the paper.

step 7

Tear the paper away, and voila! Your wall is ready for your art, with no wayward nail holes or pencil marks.

step 8

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.