How to Make a Wall Collage with Cut It Out Frames and Giveaway

How to Make a Wall Collage

My mother is an expert picture hanger. She knows exactly how to place it and where to hang it to make it looks its best. My father is the meticulous measurer who makes sure the nail gets in the right place the first time.

I think I inherited my mother’s picture hanging skills and not my fathers. There are usually 3-4 nail holes behind every picture that I hang because I don’t take the time to measure – I just start hammering.  Drives my husband crazy!!!!

I recently discovered an easy way to create a wall collage and accomplish what both my mother and father do together – get it in the right place the first time!

I have been wanting to redo a small wall in my small office.  I wanted to hang a collection of fun art I had been collecting.  When Cut It Out Frames sent me some of their fun frames I had everything I needed.

My first step was of course to paint my frames.  I used spray paint but you could also brush on acrylic paint.  My office, which is the former nursery, has some beautiful hand painting done by mother on the other three walls so I picked the colors for my frames from the colors in the other walls – yellow, white, green and blue.

I am especially crazy about the double frames that Cut It Out has.  I love the layered look.

Cut It Out Frames - wall collage tutorial

After spray painting them I used some sand paper to distress the edges.

Cut It Out Frames - wall collage tutorial

For the double frames I used Liquid Nails to attach the two layers together.

Cut It Out Frames - wall collage tutorialI inserted my art work and I was ready to hang them.  But first, I did this….

Cut It Out Frames - wall collage tutorial

I used poster paper I had and cut it out and taped it together to create a template for the shape and size of the area of wall that I wanted the collage to go on.  I then placed my frames onto the paper in an arrangement I liked.  Then I drew around each of the frames so I would remember where I had them.

Cut It Out Frames - wall collage tutorial

The Cut It Out Frames come with a cut out section where the nail is suppose to go so I measured down for the exact placement and marked that on the template too.  I taped the template onto the wall in my office.  One of the biggest mistakes people make when hanging something on the wall is they hang it too high. Pictures should be hung at eye level and the average eye level is 57″ from the ground.  With a collage like I am doing have the middle of your collage be at eye level.

I then put my nails into the wall, right through the paper template and hung my art work on top of the paper.  You could remove your paper at this point but I didn’t for demonstration purposes.

Cut It Out Frames - wall collage tutorial

Then I removed the paper, I just tore it down and off from around the nails. And viola!  I’ve got a perfect wall collage.

Cut It Out Frames

Cut It Out Frames

Because I know you are going to ask, the art work came from the following:

Be Filled With Joy and Let the Beauty We Love Be What We do – both from The Wheatfield By Katie Daisy

Cut It Out Frames - wall collage tutorial

Remember Happiness from Vol25

Paris is Always a Good Idea from Old English Co.

Cut It Out Frames

Why Did She Make Things?  from Pin Wheel Designs

Cut It Out Frames - wall collage tutorial

Beach Picture – from an antique shop at the beach and I bought the Keep Calm piece from one of those daily deals a year or so ago.  Sorry, can’t remember which one.

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  1. 51
    Marcie S. says:

    Love the Balboa frame!

  2. 52
    Lyndsay B says:

    Great idea!

  3. 53
    Emily says:

    I wish my house looked like that. I take lots of pictures just don`t hang them.

  4. 54
    Suzann R says:

    My bare wall needs it in it’s life!

  5. 55
    Suzann R says:

    oh and my fave is the brooklyn double layer!

  6. 56

    I love the oval one!

  7. 57
    Anat says:

    Great combination and I also love what you chose to put in the frames.
    My favorite is the frame with the “remember happiness” inside.

  8. 58

    I’m so bad at hanging pictures and measuring- this is a great idea!
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  9. 59
    Bekah Kleinman says:

    Oh, how I love this giveaway! I really like the Balboa double layer. We’re about to have baby #4 and I am already envisioning a black and white photo of my three older kids meeting their new little brother for the first time.

  10. 60

    I love the oval frame!

  11. 61
    Tamara says:

    What a super idea. THANKS for sharing. See you soon!

  12. 62

    What a cool little technique! I happen to be terrible at picture hanging, let alone create a gallery wall of any kind so this is perfect! Thanks for sharing!
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  13. 63
    Erin says:

    I’ve been thinking of doing something similar in my bedroom. I love how yours turned out! The Joy one is my favorite.

  14. 64
    Ginnie says:

    I love the double layer Balboa frame! So cute!! I love the way you did your wall and the Wheatfield prints!

  15. 65
    Deja says:

    I love Cut It Out frames! My favorite is the double layer Balboa.

  16. 66
    Anne Haun says:

    Love the Balboa frame.

  17. 67
    Leah says:

    I love all of the frames and the hanging idea was great! When I tried to ‘like’ the page in the rafflecopter, it just popped up a picture instead of FB. Just wanted to give you a heads up. I would also love it if you come link up tomorrow at the Friday Follow along at Hope to see you there!
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  18. 68
    Lolly Jane says:

    This looks great, LA! Love it all, fab prints!
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  19. 69
    Holly says:

    I love the Newport frame! Such a cute idea!

  20. 70
    Kenia says:

    Great idea! Love the Newport frames!

  21. 71
    Faith says:

    That is really very pretty and seems easy enough to do.

  22. 72
    Mike says:

    Your idea of tracing the frames and making a “stencil” is genius.

  23. 73
    kesha says:

    I like the Balboa double frame

  24. 74
    Katrina says:

    What a great method for hanging frames! No more extra holes in the wall!

  25. 75
    Salina L. says:

    What a brilliant way to hang a gallery! I also usually have multiple holes behind each picture, so I’m thrilled to try this method!

  26. 76

    Love them all, especially the double layers. Brooklyn is gonna have to be had.
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  27. 77

    Love how this all came together, friend!
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  28. 78

    I love your wall collage! The colors are really beautiful. Thanks for sharing this project at The Pin Junkie. I wanted to let you know that It was featured this week. Please stop by to get your featured button!
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  29. 79

    This is so fantastic! I love how you included so many pictures of such a beautiful collage! Wonderful post!


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