How to Create a Picture Wall

| October 24, 2013 | 28 Comments

This is a sponsored post for 3M Command and Digital Parents Collective.

My husband HATES having his picture taken. He’ll avoid the camera as much as possible, and when he doesn’t the pictures usually contain him with a big scowl on his face. He was most likely mid cursing me for even attempting to point the camera in his direction. But I love taking photos. I actually majored in photography at University, way back when digital was unheard of. I loved to get into the dark room and experiment. I would while away hours, then stagger out into the bright light of day. Bliss!

It was extremely therapeutic.

These days I get my therapy from creating. Not in my day job as a graphic designer but in experimenting with screen and block printing. Just moving shapes around, seeing what works, what doesn’t.

Maybe that’s why I love hanging pictures. But I am impatient. I’m a bit too quick to get out the picture hook and hammer and just go for it. The consequence… not very pretty! Multiple holes are covered up by the final positioning… out of sight out of mind, right? Plus the layout just didn’t look right.

How To Create A Picture Wall For a while now I have been determined to redo my little picture wall in our hallway/entry, but I have just been adding to it because the wall that holds these pictures has been needing a touch up. It is the one part of our renovated ex-state house that has been neglected. So I didn’t feel particularly guilty about adding a few holes.

How To Create A Picture Wall

Just a few holes...

But we have just made the decision to put our house on the market. After almost 8 years and two babies later we have run out of space. So one of the first jobs on our list of to-dos was to repaint the hallway.

Perfect! A chance for me to update the picture wall, yay!

How to Create a Picture Wall

So my picture wall or collage of images is only small, but you can apply these tips to any size wall. It makes the process so much easier and it doesn’t have to be just pictures, you can include a cute quote or a clock (like me!) or an awesome large letter, to break up the rectangles.

1) Get all your frames and a big bit of clear floor space and lay out the frames into the desired pattern. If you google “Picture Wall Ideas” you will find heaps of templates for positioning various sizes of frames together. I moved mine around heaps until I liked the configuration.

How To Create A Picture Wall

2) Cut out bits of paper to represent the sizes of your frames and then using some removable tape or blue tack stick the pieces of paper to the wall in your chosen configuration, to see how it looks in position. You might find that you need to rearrange a couple of pieces but that’s cool because you are just using paper!

How To Create A Picture Wall

In the past I have always used picture hooks, the kind you have to nail into the wall, but as we are selling our house in the next couple of months I didn’t want to do this. Lucky for me the peeps at 3M Command sent me some of their Picture Hanging Strips to review. It was great timing and best of all they are removable!

How To Create A Picture Wall How To Create A Picture Wall

3) Following the very easy instructions I attached the Picture Hanging Strips to all my frames and then replaced each paper cutout with a frame, and repeat! Now you won’t get an instant picture wall as the instructions are very specific* that you stick, remove the frame and wait an hour until the strip has time to adhere to the wall. But that was cool as I am a serial multi-tasker so had plenty of other things to do in the meantime. After an hour come back and reattach your frames and voila! Picture perfect.

I love seeing my babies smiling faces when I open my bathroom door!

How To Create A Picture Wall


Now to find some more photos to add to the collection…

*As per instructions I also had to wait at least 7 days after painting to make sure the wall was well and truly dry.

Thanks to 3M Command and Digital Parents Collective we have been given 3 full ranges of Command Picture Hanging Strips to giveaway, so you can start on your own picture wall! Yay! See below to enter.

Get some more great hanging tips here.

Command Picture Hanging Strips are available in white and black (for black-backed frames) and recommended retail prices starting from $8.49 (for a pack of 4 strips) and can be purchased from all leading hardware, home wares and other retail outlets across 
New Zealand. They are available in large (holding up to 7.2kg), medium (up to 5.4kg) and small (holding up to 1.8kg) which means you can hang anything from a lightweight framed portrait to an over sized canvas.


This competition is now closed – the winners are:

Angela (Tall, Short & Tiny),

S Giddens


Liz Kelso…

Congratulations you should have received an email from us on how to claim your prize.

Thanks to all who entered.


We have 3 full ranges of Command Picture Hanging Strips to giveaway. Prize pack small/medium value pack RRP: $24.99 NZD.

To enter: Simply comment below to be in the draw, easy peasy! If you would like an extra entry please share this post with all your friends using the share buttons to the left of this post or below the post, but don’t forget to let us know in your comment so we can put your extra entries in. The more places you share the more entries you get!

This giveaway is open to NZ residents only.

Entries will be accepted up until 7pm on Friday 1 November 2013. Winners will be drawn randomly and announced here on the website and on the La Donna Moderna Facebook page.

Good Luck!

This is a sponsored post for 3M Command and Digital Parents Collective. Command Picture Hanging Strips provided complimentary 
samples for this post, however the opinions and content expressed within are completely my own.

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  1. Karen Price says:

    I’ve been planning on doing a family photo wall for YEARS and still haven’t got around to it! Maybe winning this would finally see it happen! We’ve got lots of wonderful pics of the grandparents and great-grandparents as young couples that we want to put up, as well as some of our own family.

  2. Tas says:

    Perfect timing! I’m creating mine over the next few weeks and didn’t know where to start!

  3. Rachel Hamilton says:

    I so need to redo our picture wall too!

  4. Kris says:

    Lovely idea thanks. I shared and tweeted

  5. Lisa says:

    I’ve been hoarding a stack of white frames and pretty little artworks for months now, I still need to print out some photos though! Very excited to see my hall way come together – i’ve focused on the reno’s and not the decorating for the past year. Time to make the house a home! Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Sarah Bloomfield says:

    Oh yes please, we are about to move into a new house and I would love to finally be able to put up all our photos of the kids and have them on display

  7. Myf says:

    Thanks for the tips! Am working on my own wall as we speak 🙂

  8. Alexandra Holmes says:

    What a great idea!

  9. Christine Cleary says:

    Oh this is perfect my Hubby and I have been talking about making a picture wall. I love the trick of using paper templates to check placement on the wall.


  10. Susan Agnew says:

    What a great prize!

  11. Jacqui Pepper says:

    It’s always interesting to see how others group their pictures. Yours look great. I like the idea of no nails or hooks on the walls.

  12. Anika says:

    My partner won’t let me near our freshly painted walls with a hammer so these would be perfect to get pictures off the floor!

  13. Lisa B says:

    Love 3M tabs for this very reason! Use them all over our house too 🙂

  14. Adrienne Jones says:

    I soo need to make a family picture wall in our hall. Thanks for the inspiration.

  15. Cheri Jordan says:

    I LOVE command picture strips and fully rate them to anyone & everyone – they really are great and I’ve never had them damage any wall… Thanks so much for the opportunity to win – We’ve just had our first baby girl so have lots of photo’s we’d like to put on the wall – this would be perfect!

  16. Brad says:

    I bouth and moved into my new flat 2 years ago and the walls are still bare! These would be a huge motivation to get some good pictures made up and start hanging them

  17. R-M says:

    Just the motivation I need as I have photos from ancestors dating from the 1850’s (would hang copies) to our grandchildren. Of course we love having photos of the latter, they don’t live near us, so we can show them off in a proud grandparently way.

  18. Sg says:

    These would be perfect for me im shocking at hanging pictures and have to redo my picture hooks few times before i get them right leaving holes all over the place. These sound way better!

  19. Raven says:

    These look such a great idea – far better than leaving holes in the wall.

  20. Angela says:

    Love these! We’ve just moved in to a house with beautifully maintained original wood panelling and we’re reluctant to use picture hooks – these would be perfect!

  21. emily says:

    Ohhh yes please

  22. Meg says:

    Oh yay! I have a few of these and they’re great. Always keen for some more… I have too many photos!

  23. Liz Kelso says:

    Ooohh these are just what I need for putting art up in baby’s nursery! Have also shared via FB 🙂

  24. carolyn abraham says:

    these are just what i need

  25. Anita E says:

    I rent so putting nail holes in the wall or even using blu tac is not allowed. Would love to try these products and brighten up my home.

  26. Nicky says:

    Awesome – new house, new baby, now time for a new picture wall!

  27. Tina :) says:

    how cool! I’d love to put up more photos everywhere!

  28. Megan says:

    Would love love love to win this prize as I have no family photos on our wall – until I read this article I thought the task was too big but this makes it look easier!

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