I had so may questions on Instastories about the gallery wall frame I did in Louise’s nursery so thought I would do a quick how-to post and link my gold wall frames.
I was looking for the perfect thing to put in Louise’s nursery when I came across my friend Summer Spooner’s Instagram account and saw how she beautifully framed her little girl’s dresses in a gallery type display. Genius!
After four girls, we have so many beautiful day gowns and dresses that have a “sweet story” so I hated to put them away until grandchildren come. (On that note: properly preserved fine clothing can be enjoyed for generations to come!)
I didn’t want to pay for custom framing on this project so I bought these 11 x 14 frames and took out the mat. I also bought two yards of white linen (it’s really more of a natural color though) from JoAnn Fabric. I spread out the fabric and traced that outline of the mats onto the farbic and cut out. Note: it’s better to cut a little outside the lines than inside because you will be able to tell if the fabric is cut too short. I cut the fabric a little wider and trimmed once I put the back of the frame on, if that makes sense.
You can also just flip over the sample photo paper that comes with the frame and use that as a the backdrop or don’t use paper. I think you need to use something though; otherwise you need the inside back of the frame.
Unless you are just using itty bitty preemie or newborn size clothing, you need to get 11 x 14 frames to make sure there is enough room. Several of the dresses I displayed are size six months and they fit (some I had to fold in the two ends of the dress but you can’t tell).
You also want to make sure you hang them high enough where babies can’t reach them even when they start standing up.
What I learned from this experience is creating a symmetrical and straight gallery wall is for the detail-oriented, which I am not! Even though I measured I still felt had to adjust a little afterwards. Don’t look too closely because you may seem some holes in the wall I haven’t yet retouched! And after these photos I aligned them a little better. Again, this is not my strong suit but wanted to share!
I still have Louise’s baptism gown and Peaches Barnes gown from this post. I think I may have someone custom frame the baptism gown because it is so long. The Peaches Barnes gown she can still wear for a few more years!
Many of these dresses are brands mentioned in DoSayGive’s Guide to Classic Children’s Clothing. Definitely check that out if you haven’t.
I will show y’all the entire nursery soon. It took me over a year to do because, well, she’s a fourth child I guess and I’ve been a little busy. Sorry Ouisie!
Photo: Audrie Dollins
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