Easy-to-Make Home Gallery to Display Kids' Art

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For anyone who has children, you know that the papers and artwork can pile up fast. Finding an easy way to store and display their artwork can be a challenge. With this solution, one small wall becomes a sweet gallery for dozens of pictures and creations that you can swap out in a snap.

(Image: Charlotte Smith)

Things You'll Need

  •  Wire curtain system (For this project, we used DIGNITET by IKEA)
  • Laser level

  • Pencil

  • Tape measure

  • Drill

  • Screws suitable for your wall material (the ones pictured are 1 1/2-inch screw anchors) NOTE: anchors may be necessary if screwing into drywall or similar material

  • Wire cutter

  • Clips for artwork (We used the IKEA RIKTIG curtain clips for this project)

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Step 1: Measure

This gallery wall is hung 6 inches from either side of the wall, and the wires are 14 inches apart from each other. Depending upon the artwork you intend to display, change the distance between wires accordingly.

(Image: Charlotte Smith)

Step 2: Mark the Wall

Using the laser level, make sure the left wall mount is in line with the right wall mount.

(Image: Charlotte Smith)

Step 3: Put Together the Curtain Wall Mounts

Screw posts into the left and right wall mounts. For this IKEA system, one side is threaded to screw in clockwise, and the other is threaded to screw in counter clockwise.

(Image: Charlotte Smith)

Step 4: Predrill

Mark the wall where you need to drill and, using a smaller bit, pre-drill.

(Image: Charlotte Smith)

Tip

  • Follow the instructions on your packet of anchors/ screws for the proper size drill bit.

Step 5: Screw On the Wall Mounts

Screw in the left and right mounts of the curtain system and place the metal plate over each one to hide the screws.

(Image: Charlotte Smith)
(Image: Charlotte Smith)

Step 6: Attach the Wire

Lightly unscrew the two small set screws and insert the wire into the right wall mount. Tighten the screws, thereby holding the wire securely in place.

(Image: Charlotte Smith)

Make sure the left post has 5/8-inch gap between the three sections. This space will be essential when you go to tighten the wire.

(Image: Charlotte Smith)

Hold the wire against the left post and, using sharp wire cutters, cut the wire as long as the first section. Lightly unscrew the two set screws and insert the wire into the left wall mount. Tighten the screws to hold the wire in place.

(Image: Charlotte Smith)
(Image: Charlotte Smith)

Step 7: Tighten the Wire

Hold the right end of the left post steady and use your Allen wrench to screw the middle section in, therefore bringing the three sections together and tightening the wire.

(Image: Charlotte Smith)

Step 8: Repeat with More Wires (Optional)

For this gallery wall, three curtain systems were used to allow for three rows of artwork. This is personal preference.

(Image: Charlotte Smith)

Step 9: Hang Your Artwork

Hook clips onto each length of wire and hang your artwork!

(Image: Charlotte Smith)
(Image: Charlotte Smith)

These three simple wires can hold dozens of drawings and paintings but don't take up too much visual space on the wall. The best part is that the kids can help display their own artwork. Having so many colorful hand-made items is the best wall decor we could ask for!

(Image: Charlotte Smith)
(Image: Charlotte Smith)
(Image: Charlotte Smith)
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