Monday, February 13, 2012

I Love a Gallery Wall & the 1st Pieces for Our Own Wall

I love gallery walls. Love them.Love them.Love them. Did I mention that I love gallery walls? I especially love ones that incorporate other pieces besides photographs, turning it from a picture wall into a view into the people who live there.

Photo Sources: 1. Domino Mag 2, 3 and 4: Pottery Barn

As part of the ongoing (never-ending) overhaul of the living room, I want a gallery wall.  We have the perfect space for it - a 12 foot expanse with nothing on it - and once I am done, it will look fabulous.  Or so I hope.

Over the next few weeks and months, I will be highlighting some of the art projects that will be hanging on our wall.  Starting with the framed coins.

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I was sorting through boxes that were stored in my parents' basement when I came across coins I had brought home from some of my travels.

I didn't want to put them back in the bottom of a box but wasn't sure how to display them until I saw an episode of Sarah 101 where the amazing Sarah Richardson used buttons to create some art for a laundry room. It was then that I thought, "I could do something similar with my coins."  So after a bit of searching for frames and fabric for backing, I was off and putting together my famed coins.

Step 1:  Gather Materials
  • Coins (Having a variety of sizes and colors works best, I think)
  • Fabric
  • Frames (I used 1-5x7 and 1-4x6 frames)
  • Tape (I used packing tape since that was all I could find)
  • Glue (I used Aleene's Original Tacky Glue)
Step 2:  Take apart your frames to measure your fabric
Step 3:  Cut your background fabric and tape it to the paper
  • I used the paper "picture" that comes with the frame as my guide
  • I used a linen-look muslin I got a Joann Fabrics several months ago.  This will be the background for several of the pieces on the wall to help build a more cohesive look
Step 4:  Arrange your coins and glue
  • Create a pattern of design that looks best to you. 
  • I used just a small bead of glue since I thought I may want to remove them at some point in the future.
  • Let dry for at least an hour

Step 6: Place into frame

The final step would be to hang these but since I have a few more pieces and photographs to get together, these are going to hang out in the living room while I continue to gather photos and make new pieces for the wall.

I think this will be a great way to remember some of my travels.

Cost of the Project:

This was another "free" project for us since we had all the items.

*Assuming you had your coins, glue and tape already and only had to buy the frames and fabric, I would think this could be done for no more than $5 a piece.  Less if you could find frames at the dollar store or thrift shop.

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  1. Fun idea! I think I'll have to try something like that with my coins too. So much better than sitting around in a box :)

    1. Let me know if you frame some of your own coins. I would love to see how yours look. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. What a great idea for displaying those coins!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  3. Oh, I LOVE this...makes me wish I held onto all my coins from my travels. What a great idea, thanks for sharing. :)

    1. Sound like you need to plan some more trips so you can frame the coins. :-) Thanks for stopping by.

  4. This is great!! I actually have a tupperware of all the random coins I've collected in our travels! This would be a great way to share them and reminisce! I'm your newest follower! :)

  5. Thanks for stopping by and thanks for following. If you frame some of your own coins, I would love to see them.

  6. Love the look of the framed coins! Would love for you to stop by and link up to the Tuesday To Do Party if you haven't already!

  7. Thanks for stopping by. I just posted on your party and am your newest follower.

  8. That is such a cute idea. I love the gallery wall look also, but I haven't actually started to work on it yet. Love that lamp on the table, BTW.

    1. Thanks for stopping by. Glad you like the lamp, it will be highlighted in an upcoming post.

  9. I love your gallery wall inspiration photos! I've been working on a gallery wall for our living room as well; can't wait to see how yours turns out. Following you!

    1. Thanks for stopping by and thanks for following!


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