The most exciting part of a wall decor project is starting with a blank slate. But with many creative gallery wall ideas to choose from, it can be tough to settle on just one. It’s important to consider the resources you have available and the amount of time you want to spend on the project before you get started. If you want to keep things simple, a heart photo wall is the way to go! This quick DIY can be done solo or with a group of friends. And not to worry, you don’t have to be a serious crafter to transform your wall with this look.
If you’re wondering how to make a heart photo wall, we created a list of three easy steps to help you get started. When you’re done, check out our photo collage posters for even more inspiration!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 41 4×6 photo prints
- Ruler (optional)
- Measuring tape
- Command strips or tape
1. Print out and select photos
The best part about creating a photo collage is the freedom to choose what you want to display. Whether you dedicate your wall to your family or to your friends, it’s all up to you! When selecting photos, make sure to include a variety of types in terms of brightness and background in order to make your heart collage standout. Whether you choose to organize each row by memorable events or to highlight the special people in your life, it’s sure to make an interesting focal point!
2. Use a template to lay out photos
If you love the heart collage we created, you’re in luck! You can use the same exact template when laying out photos on your own wall. While you can always eyeball the amount of space between each photo, it’s nice to have a template that provides the exact measurements. The entire collage measures 44” x 54” so make sure there is enough space before you start working. Then, work your way from the bottom to the top, making sure to keep an eye on the spacing, especially once you get to the second row.
Once you have all of your photos laid out, make any changes you deem necessary so that your collage feels balanced in terms of the color and photo composition. Something else to consider when decorating is to add a vertical photo. Place a vertical photo at the bottom or center of the collage to make it stand out within the display. You can also outline your heart collage with photo lights, making it a nice piece of decor to gaze at during the night.
3. Start building your collage
Now the fun begins—it’s time to start building your heart photo collage! Similar to what you did when laying your photos out, make sure you have enough space before you begin. You can do this by using a tape measure and pencil to lightly mark the height and width of your design. Then, grab your tape or command strips and begin building your collage. Work your way from the bottom row to the top using a ruler to make sure you keep the right amount of spacing.
This simple DIY picture collage can be done by anyone and is ideal if you love changing your decor or live somewhere like a dorm room where you can’t put holes in the wall. You also won’t have to worry about getting tired of certain photos because you can easily swap them out whenever you like.
If you get stuck when it comes to choosing photos, it may help to select a theme. You could create an entire collage of your first trip overseas, feature only black and white photos or highlight a milestone like your graduation. By downloading the Shutterfly mobile app, you’ll have access to unlimited free 4×6 and 4×4 prints. It’s a simple way to transform your favorite moments into wall art creations that are uniquely yours!