Ampersand Wall Art

Isn’t it crazy how the simplest things can have such a big impact? Alli has a love for ampersands that “runs deep,” and wants to eventually create a gallery wall of framed ampersands. At Alli Renee she’s showing us how she got started with this super easy DIY that’s sure to get your creative juices flowing!

ampersandAlli already had this ampersand from the craft store in her stash, all she needed was a frame. So she grabbed a piece of wood from the garage and asked her husband for a favor. He cut the pieces of wood at 45 degree angles and nailed them together. The final step (I told you this was easy!) was to “add a wall hanger to the back and hang the two pieces up.” I’m already thinking of all the ways I could borrow this idea–great job, Alli!

wood-frame-ampersand See the complete instructions at Alli Renee.

“Love”ly Wall Decor

“As I was digging through some of our home decor boxes in the basement I found this frame and started brainstorming what I could do with it,” says Jessie at Imperfectly Polished.  She decided to turn it into art for her master bedroom gallery wall.


First, Jessie removed the pictures that were in the frame, keeping just the frame and the glass.  She used her craft cutting machine to cut out the words, “I Do Still” from gold vinyl, then applied the vinyl to the front of the framed glass.  It’s a gentle reminder that Jessie and her husband would choose each other all over again.  “On days I don’t always remember to tell or show him, now he can see that everyday and know,” Jessie says.  Sweet!


Visit Imperfectly Polished to find out more about this project.

Vintage Door Knob Picture Holder

Here’s a fun way to display favorite pictures from She’s Crafty.  Candice found these vintage doorknobs a while back, and has been waiting for just the right project to come along.  When she got her new family pictures this year, she came up with the perfect way to display both pictures and doorknobs.


For this project, Candice cut a 1×4 board to the size she wanted.  After staining the board, she attached the doorknobs.  Candice ordered three of her portraits mounted on foam board, so she simply attached ribbon to those, and hung them over the door knobs.  What a cute idea!


Visit She’s Crafty to get all the details on this project.

Scrap Wood Wall Art

At Home.Made.Interest, Melinda tells us that she found this wood in the scrap pile at Home Depot.  She brought it home with plans to turn it into some wall art for her gallery wall.


To get just the graywashed look she had in mind, Melinda actually layered two different types of stain onto the wood.  She hot glued the boards together to create a canvas.  Next, Melinda personalized her sign by cutting out some vinyl lettering:  the word “home”, and the GPS coordinates of her home’s location.  She applied the vinyl to the wood canvas and then hung it on the wall next to her family picture gallery wall.  How fun!


Learn more about this project (like how to find the latitude and longitude of your home) at Home.Made.Interest.

Upcycled Burlap Picture Mat

Sara of House Bella picked up a nautical print while she was on vacation, and wanted to display it on her gallery wall.  Since Sara likes using a mix of  nautical and earthy elements in her decor, she thought it would be fun to make a mat for this picture out of burlap.

Sara cut up a vintage coffee bag for the burlap needed to make her mat.  She wanted to incorporate the stripe on that bag, which is really cute.  I think the rough texture of the burlap looks especially good paired with the photo of smooth water and sleek boat.

You can get the how to’s for this project at House Bella.

Photo Display Racks

Amanda from Kuzak’s Closet brought home a pair of fruit drying racks from an estate sale she had worked at. They had a nice weathered look from years of being stored in a barn loft.

fruit drying racks to photo holder

Amanda’s plan for the racks was to create a photo display that would allow her to hang multiple photos at a time and easily change them out. Some eyehooks, twine, and binder clips proved to be just what she needed. Amanda’s photo boxes could easily be replicated with using any pallet or scrap wood.

photo clip boxes

Find the tutorial at Kuzak’s Closet.

Pallet Gallery Wall

Jill from Jill Roberts was inspired to create a wood wall hanging to provide a rustic backdrop for her framed photos. Jill scored her materials for free when she found some pallets in an alley.


Jill’s sweet son removed all the nails and tore apart the pallets, and then Jill arranged and cut the wood pieces to create her desired pattern. Once the pieces were all attached, Jill hung the finished product on the wall and added framed pictures of her precious children. The wood backdrop provides a great focal point above the bed and looks awesome paired with Jill’s frames.

Wood Wall Hanging

Get the tutorial at Jill Roberts.