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Create Your Own Oversized Photo Print Gallery Wall on a Tight Budget

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photo gallery with 4 black and white framed poster prints over couch

Want to create a large impact photo gallery wall without spending a ton?

Consider printing out black and white oversized prints and framing them for a beautiful way to personalize your space without breaking the bank. This large poster gallery wall makes for a big impact with a small spend and is a great DIY project.

Here at Hip2Save, we’re huge fans of displaying family photos throughout our homes in stylish and frugal ways.

poster sized photo gallery wall above couch

Horizontal or vertical photos both work out great for this project!

My talented Hip2Save team member, Jami, created this large gallery wall in her home from phone photos, and I can’t get over how great it looks. If you’re also interested in creating a gallery wall, I’m sharing her tips so you can achieve the same look. Whether you opt to hang four vertical posters in a row or four horizontal posters stacked, it’s all up to you and your style preference.

4 black poster frames on the floor


Jami says: “I really love oversized prints. They take up a lot of space without feeling too busy and can be a simple, timeless way to elevate a room’s decor. It is such a simple way to bring life into a room. We love how this project turned out!”


Walgreens poster prints rolled up on counter

How to get this gallery wall look for less:

    1. Grab four 24″x36″ poster frames from Michaels. Make sure to use coupons and watch for major sales on these frames to take advantage of their savings opportunities. They often go on sale for 70% off!

    2. Print black and white photos sized at 24×36 posters from Walgreens.com. 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! Jami says she got a “low resolution” error a couple of times when uploading photos, but she wasn’t concerned with perfect resolution.

      Hip Savings Tip: Walgreens often offers deals and promo codes to save on these large poster prints! Be sure to check this page for their current promotions.


    3. Place the poster prints inside the frames. Jami opted to get rid of the acrylic front of the frame as it created so much unwanted glare. The poster also has a nice, matte finish.

    4. Hang the posters on the wall. If using vertical posters, hang four in a row. If using horizontal photos, hang in two rows stacked.

Hip Tip: Check out these 3 easy ways to display photos without destroying your walls.

Cost breakdown of the large gallery wall project: 

large photo gallery wall in living room

What an inspiring gallery wall!

I love how it turned out, and what a smart idea to print inexpensive poster prints at Walgreens! The whole room looks clean and classic with so much warmth, and I LOVE this stylish way to display family photos.

family photo gallery wall above couch in living room


Read my best tips for creating the perfect gallery wall in any space!

Join The Discussion

Comments 29

  1. CM

    Gorgeous, thx!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks CM!

  2. maria

    Very affordable in times if crisis!

  3. Sdavis

    Good info to keep in my back pocket for a little bit, thanx!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Sure! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Dee.K

    I remember Staples has the option for some large prints,engineers use it for blueprints- it only prints black & white.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes those are good too!

    • Susan

      Yes this would bring the cost down greatly!

    • MommySpendsLess

      I’m in the process of redecorating my living room and was looking into print options.
      (1) Staples and other office place have gotten wise to people using the construction drawings option for photos/prints. From what I was reading they use different printers depending on the amount of the page that’s going to be covered in ink. Using their printers designed for just text/lines to print photos and images jams up their printer. While there’s nothing to stop you from placing the order online, from what I read you may get stopped when they go to print the order. YMMV, just wanted to pass along the possibility.
      (2) My first instinct was to have my prints done at Walgreens too but they didn’t offer as many paper options as professional printers. Surprisingly (I didn’t even know they printed photos) Target Photo offered the best combination of paper options and pricing. When I ordered they had a 60% off promo code available. Walgreens is still a great deal if you’re not picky about paper and wait for the size you need to go on super sale.
      (3) If the size of two of your prints equals one of the larger standard sizes, it may be cheaper to combine them into one file with graphics software and buy one larger print rather than two smaller ones, then cut them apart. The mat or frame will typically cover up a slightly uneven cut line. You can usually download a free one week trial of Photoshop Elements which makes it super easy to do.

      • Jess

        For next time Fedex/Kinkos offers an option called temporary posters printed on paper (I couldn’t tell the difference between those and engineering prints) and I believe they were under $4 for the large size. They look great in the poster frames.

        • Vironika

          Whoa! 🙌🏼👍🏼

      • Vironika

        Awesome info!!!!! 🙌🏼👍🏼❤️

  5. Stefanie

    We just ordered our poster prints for these a couple of days ago when Walgreens had the 75% off sale, and we got the 24 x 36 prints for $7.50 each! Such a good deal. Just need to get the frames now 🙂

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Wow thanks for the tip Stephanie!

    • lashonda frazier

      The frames are on sale right now at Michael’s 3 for $49.99. I clicked on the link for frames above.

  6. sherry

    Are you uploading pictures from your phones? Every time I try to do it from my smartphone it says low resolution. What’s the best way to do it so the picture comes out looking good?

    • jamiefreeman1106

      I’d be curious to know this too. Wonder if phone pics work. It’s all I use.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I asked my team memeber Jami and she said half of those were from her phone. She did get a warning about resolution on some of them but went ahead and took a chance anyway and for her it worked out. Hope that helps!

    • Vironika

      I get that warning on almost any prints I order, no matter the size. I always go through with it and ask to see my prints before I pay. You have the right to tell them you don’t want it if the print comes out poorly.

  7. cynthiagutierrez-hilliard

    I LOVE IT!! where did you get roller/toy storage with rollers i like that idea??

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Hi there! Jami says she found that at Sams Club. Thanks!

  8. Jennifer Whitten

    Thanks for this idea! Fair warning: My Walgreens prints were about two inches too short for the frames. Going to see if I can get them reprinted for free at the correct size 🙂

  9. Elisha

    Ikea also has the frames for $19.99!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Great tip! I like ikea frames too ❤️👏

  10. Kelsey

    Has anyone does this with the smaller sizes? I’m wondering if they’ll still look as gallery-ish.

  11. Juliee

    The low resolution warning has always plagued me and I’ve never pulled the trigger. I saw the above discussion, would love to hear more success stories?

  12. Tracey

    Your photo gallery looks awesome, Jami! I finally put one up on our wall a few months ago. I have been collecting the 8×10 art prints from Shutterfly when they have free ones. We used 8 photos, half are black & white & the other half are in color. I love the options you can get for layouts with Shutterfly. I found some awesome frames at Ikea (8×10). The Ikea Lomviken frames fit flush to the wall which works great since our photos are in the hallway. And they are only $5.99 each.

  13. Tammy

    I ordered a banner print from Walgreens – 24×36 — got 60% off ($11.99) and then purchased a really nice picture for 50% off from the thrift store ($7.50) — kept the matting from the picture but placed my family photo (from my daughters wedding) in the frame — Looks beautiful on my entry wall

  14. Jenny

    Michaels was doing a buy 1 get 2 FREE sale on the frames and Walgreens had a 75% off for Poster prints. HUGE impact…. itty bitty budget. 🙂

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