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Christmas Gallery Wall

Happy Monday friends!  I hope everyone had a nice weekend!  If you didn’t check in with my blog I shared the winner of the planner giveaway and a new fashion post Saturday if you’re interested!  I’m going to be posting fast and furious for the next few weeks to fit everything in I have to share with you all so check back often.  I keep hearing Rocky music playing in the background and I’ve warned my family that laundry will pile up and pizza will be a staple this month.  Time to BLOG.  :)  First up: my Christmas gallery wall!

You might remember last year how I displayed our Christmas cards on this planked wall in our formal living room.  When we built our house I designed this planked wall to hold a gallery wall of pictures.  Since that little project kept getting put on the back burner (as many projects around here do!) the wall was open and free to become Christmas card central.
I loved it!  :)  So fun having a nice place to display cards from all of our family and friends.
If any of you want to try something similar this year, I just attached command hooks to the sides of my planked wall and tied some jute twine on each end.  Then I used small red clips to hang each card.
A happy wall indeed.  Until Christmas came to an end and it was time to take the cards down.  Then I was itching to get my originally planned gallery wall going!
The first thing I did was find the frames to use.  I wanted wooden frames and debated buying some here or here.  Then one day I was shopping and walked into a local beachside store that sold custom hand made rustic barn wood frames.  I felt like I had hit the jackpot!  Perfect.  Then I found some inspiration pictures and used them to sketch a rough draft of what I wanted.  When my dad was in town last June I had him help me with layout/spacing.
My dad is my favorite person to have help me with things like this.  He’s really good at spacing/hanging plus he’s extremely patient and handles my OCD with projects like this well.  My mom and husband not so much.  They get frustrated with my need for perfection and throw in the towel early on.
I have no idea why.  I’m so chill with stuff like this!  ;)  Love you dad. :)
When my dad left we had completed the wall!  With cut out poster board.  :)
Then I called another favorite man in my life.  My carpenter. :)  I was a little nervous to hammer into this planked wall and decided I’d call in a pro instead of going to town myself and making mistakes I knew I’d regret later.
I couldn’t believe how fast he had those frames up!
An hour later it looked like this.  With the hooks on the sides still up from my Christmas card wall.
And that’s how it sat.  For MONTHS.  Hooks and all.  Every time I’d walk by I’d think.. I really need to develop some pictures for that wall.. but there were always other things that were more of a priority.  November hit and I decided it was TIME to make it a priority.  Of course by that time I had Christmas on the brain.
So this is how it looks today!  Not just a gallery wall, but a Christmas gallery wall. :)
I didn’t have a picture of our whole family wearing red… just an older picture of us with the girls when they were little so I used that and then made sure my little buddy was front and center just as much. ;)
If you’ve been with me for a while you know how I feel about most of these pictures!  My baby boy in his snowman costume is an all time favorite I pull out every December.  So is the picture on the far left of me and my sister screaming on Santa’s lap when we were little.  Christmas family favorites and I love having them displayed on this wall that I walk passed multiple times every day!
Kole was so cute as a snowman for Halloween when he was little that I dressed him up as an elf the following year.  Such a fun age when they have no say in what they wear.  Ha!
I’ll have to find new pictures for these frames in the New Year but for now we are loving our Christmas gallery wall.
Slowly making this house feel like home.  One drawn out project at a time.


xoxo, Erin
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48 thoughts on “Christmas Gallery Wall

  1. Your Christmas gallery wall is gorgeous, Erin! The barn wood frames are perfect. I love looking at family photos. I feel the same as you do about them. Just think, now you can display family favorites all year round! Your inspiration has me hooked on doing a family wall too! Oh, can’t forget that sweet little wreath that screams Christmas! xo

    1. Thank you so much Nancie! You are too kind! I know.. this wall will be fun to play with and change during the seasons. I’m so happy you like it! xo

  2. Okay, that gallery was is totally and completely LIT, Erin! (couldn’t resist, sorry). In all seriousness, this looks fabulous, amazing and wonderful! Wow! Those frames are so neat, but the photos…be still my heart, the photos make me swoon! I adore that Snowbuddy Kole and the one with the girls…and the elf. I would just stand and stare it at if I had a space like this and had all those amazing photos up. The wreath adds a lovely, homey touch, too. So happy for you to have this space! By the way…you get an amazing number of holiday cards! Wow! Thanks so much for sharing. Hope you have a terrific Monday. :)

    1. Ha ha.. k now my day is complete! LIT! Love it! :) Thank you so much Jeanne! It’s so fun having them displayed here because we walk past this gallery wall so many times each day! Adds a lot of Christmas cheer. :) I’m so happy you like it! Enjoy your Monday too sweet friend! xo

  3. LOVE the Christmas gallery wall and excited to see how you transition it in to the New Year! How did you secure the frames and wreath to the plank wall?

    1. Thank you so much Tiffany! I need to share that in a post sometime! The pictures are hung on small nails and then I added some velcro to the top corners of the frames to hold them in their exact place! xo

  4. Erin, I love this so much!!! That wreath was the icing on the cake…the whole wall is perfectly styled and put together:)! You’re so good my friend!!!

    1. Thank you so much sweet Bree! I actually thought a boxwood wreath like the ones you have on your barn doors would look perfect but I didn’t have time to hunt for one the right size! Happy you like the one I already had. :) Always makes my day when I hear from you! xo

  5. I love how the photo gallery turned out, Erin! Gorgeous! Such sweet memories. What do you plan to do to display your Christmas cards this year? You have the best ideas. Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. Oh Erin! I absolutely LOVE how this turned out. Seriously took my breath away, it’s beautiful. Really great idea!!!

  7. I love your Christmas gallery wall Erin! The red splashes pop against the white plank wall. I like your Home pillow on the sofa. Where did you get it?

      1. Bummer! I guess they don’t have it anymore. I also passed up the amazing sale on the throws they had a week ago, and now I’m regretting it.

  8. Oh my gosh I love this Erin!! It’s perfect! Love the frames and especially love the Christmas photos being displayed. Baby Snowman Kole needed to be printed large and given that attention! Love that pic of him! This is just fantastic! Makes me want to do this!

    1. Josie your sweet comment made my day! Yea! Thank you! I’m so happy you like it. You SHOULD do something similar because you have so many darling pics of your kids! Can’t wait to see you and Ryan over the break! Totally looking forward to it. :) xo

      1. Yay!! Yes we will be home all during the break, so let us know when you have time to get together! Hope to see the kids too!

  9. You have given me a wonderful idea, Erin! I don’t have a space for a gallery wall like this, but in our home we have a “ledge” (those were all the rage when our house was built. You know what I mean – the almost-to-the-ceiling ledge built into the wall that anything you place up there will almost never be seen and will almost always need dusting?!) I think I’ll do a seasonal photo “gallery” with frames so I can switch them out with various prints of us and our girls! THANK YOU for the inspiration!

  10. Sometimes, like this time, it’s worth the wait to get it just right!! Love everything about this post :-)

  11. Oh! It’s really beautiful! I love all the red against the white- that is such a great backdrop for those beautiful family Christmas pictures!

  12. I love the gallery! I have a wall similar to this in my family room, and I’ve never been super confident with how to arrange it. This has given me some inspiration! My whole house needs to be redone top to bottom. Literally. I’ll definitely be checking back in here, as I’m loving your blog. :)

  13. I LOVE your new wall!! What is the name of the shop that made those beautiful frames? Can’t wait to visit them!! Thanks so much for the inspiration! Merry Chtistmas! xo

    1. Thank you Lindsay! It’s Bliss something.. ? It’s on the 101 in Encinitas right next to my favorite store Gardenology! Have you ever been there? LOVE it! xo

  14. I absolutely adore this idea, Erin! I’d probably leave those sweet photos up there well into next year…lol! Now, about those Christmas cards….hmmm?

    Warm hugs,

    1. Oh you are so sweet Carol! It makes me so happy you like them! They might stay up a bit past Christmas.. ha! And cards are coming! :) Happy holidays cutie! xo

  15. Hi Erin,

    Love the look of the mini wreath you have on the gallery wall. Do you recall where you bought it?

    Thank you so much!

  16. Bummer! I was hoping I’d find a link to your frames – – it’s BEAUTIFUL! Love the shiplap wall idea and have a large space that is still blank a few years in!

    I think we could use something just like it!

    Nicely done! Bravo to your patient Dad!

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