How to Create an Easy Budget-Friendly Gallery Wall

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Use these simple tips to get a high-end gallery wall look in your home by using cherished family photos as art.

woman holding white picture frame on gallery wall

Want to create a DIY photo gallery wall without spending a ton?

Consider hanging multiples of the same frame as a curated collection to personalize your space without breaking the bank. This large gallery wall in my home makes for a big impact with a smaller spend and it’s a fairly simple DIY project. The best part is you can create yours using fewer or more frames according to the size and scale of your walls.

Walgreens 8x10 photo prints frames in white photo frames on the wall.

Using family photos as art is the best!

Here at Hip2Save, many of our team members are huge fans of displaying family photos throughout our homes in stylish and frugal ways because details like this truly add a personal touch! Plus, looking at cherished memories can make you feel better and improve your mood.

I decided to create two single rows, however, there are so many different gallery wall designs to consider! Before starting your project check out for lots of inspiration on various picture walls.

Dining room with large gallery wall using Ikea picture frames.

I was able to easily create a large gallery wall with 16 inexpensive 12×16 RIBBA picture frames from IKEA! For the pictures inside, I utilized Walgreens photos deals to order 8×10 photo prints with free in-store pickup!

Woman holding an 8x10 Walgreens photo print.

Hip Savings Tip: Walgreens often offers deals and promo codes to save on photo prints! Sometimes 8×10 prints are even FREE. Be sure to check this page for their current promotions.

Welcome to our family travel picture wall! ✈️

Gallery wall of white photo frames with personal travel photos.

I have chosen to keep the focus on our family’s travels for all of these photos, and I love it so much. People always ask and comment about it when they come over, so that’s how I know it’s creating its own vibe and impact.

Each of these photos I have taken myself and each represents a special trip we have taken as a family. In some of them, my kids are super little so it’s nostalgic and special to walk by them each day. 😍

Design Tip: Hanging multiples of the same picture frame creates a soothing and uniform photo gallery wall! Whether you opt for white, black, metal, or wood frames, stick with the same color and size to get this look.

using a laser level to hang a gallery wall

How to make a gallery wall like mine:

  1. Measure your space and grab enough picture frames for at least 2 rows. My space has two rows of 12×16 IKEA picture frames matted for 8×10 photos.

  2. Order photos and pick them up from Walgreens What we love about ordering from Walgreens, besides the great prices especially when there’s a coupon code, is that you can opt for free same-day pickup!

  3. Place the prints inside the frames. I first tape the photo print to the matting on the back to secure it. This will make sure it doesn’t move around when hanging.

  4. Hang the prints on the wall evenly spaced apart. We used small picture frame nails and a laser level to make sure everything is hanging straight. We actually drew two long lines using chalk on the wall first, and then nailed each frame on those lines spacing each evenly.

large gallery wall with 16 frames

Where else can you find affordable picture wall frames matted to 8×10?

Holding an 11x14 photo frame from Michaels stores.

Here are a few places to buy gallery wall frames like mine in the $10-$12 range. Keep an eye out when they periodically go on sale!

using photo putty from Amazon to keep picture frames secure on the wall.

Here’s how to keep your picture wall secure.

I highly suggest adding some poster putty behind each frame to prevent them from falling or swinging around. After I lost a few frames from my kids accidentally bumping into them, I now use a bit of this removable putty behind each corner and they now stay put!

Here’s another gorgeous photo gallery wall example to consider:

Large gallery wall using project 52 frames from Target.

This is Collin’s new gallery wall in her home using these pretty Project 62 photo frames from! I love how she is displaying various sizes of the same black frame along the hallway to personalize this space. It looks so GOOD!

Plus, I am totally swooning over her dreamy plant ledge. Anyone else?!

Do you have any gallery wall tips to share? Let us know in the comments! 

Check out all our best photo deals to take advantage of for your home!

About the writer:

Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 11 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.

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  1. siena95

    Even cheaper are the magnetic wood frames, usually a 2 pack on Amazon. I’ve switched to these and they add flare to your art/ image.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing about the frames you like to use, siena95! 🖼🤗

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