My kid friendly gallery wall is easy to make and perfect for playrooms. This post was created in partnership with Snapfish. All opinions are my own. #snapfishbloggers
The last year has been full of amazing moments, feelings and memories. We had the baby we always hoped for but weren’t sure would ever happen – and he was pretty perfect. Kayla started kindergarten, Blake and Kayla developed a true sibling bond and Craig and I embarked on the incredible ride of starting over as parents. So many treasured moments are forever captured and shared on my Instagram account and blog. But something was missing.
Photos have become such a huge part of my life, yet they all live online. I am hardly ever without my trusty camera, but I haven’t had a great way to display those special moments and wanted something tangible, kid-friendly and relentlessly un-digital in a digital world. A gallery wall.
A kid-friendly gallery wall that is. One which would welcome Kayla and Blake to see their photos, and touch them if they wanted to. With special nooks to display little treasures, or hide a surprise. I wanted a departure from traditional gallery walls filled with glass that scream HANDS OFF. So as part of our big living room makeover I knew a kid-friendly gallery wall was a must.
Snapfish recently launched their new site, which makes creating custom home decor pieces fast and easy. You can even do it from your phone or mobile device and save photos from Instagram. Since my iPhone is practically a limb in itself (yes I just copped to that) I was excited about this. I was able to upload photos, choose layouts and canvas sizes in just a few taps. Truth be told, the hardest part was choosing which photos to turn into photo canvases. A few days later they arrived in a near stack at my doorstep and I’m not going to lie, I got emotional opening them, especially ones like this…
The few times I have printed photos at pharmacy or big box store in recent history the experience was disappointing. The colors were dull and you could tell there was no one with an eye for photography checking to ensure they were maintaining their printing equipment to produce good prints.
With Snapfish however, the prints were clear and felt true to the colors displayed they had on my screen even though they were printed on canvas. It was the first time that I as a photographer got to see my labor of love come to life. Pair that with the fact that the subjects were not objects or someone else’s family, but my own and just WOW! I felt like a child on Christmas morning tearing each box open.
After a brief get-it-together-girl moment I got to work. If you want a simple photo canvas only gallery wall, Snapfish has some templates that allow you to easily order, receive and hang your canvases. They truly make it dummy proof. But of course I wanted to do things my own way and incorporate a few other objects. I added some inexpensive geometric wood shelves which could store little trinkets and after much debate painted them gold. Which is not surprising because when in doubt, paint it gold is practically my motto.
I also took a cheap hanging chalkboard from the dollar section at Target and added a meaningful phrase. Last but certainly not least I added a galvanized metal envelope for Kayla (and eventually Blake) to leave and receive notes in. Kids love mail, and I love leaving little surprises for them to discover.
I laid out my canvases and other objects and moved them around to get the right play of colors, sizes and shapes. Charger helped in his usual super helpful way. Not.
Then I traced my canvases and other objects on paper then taped them to the wall using painter’s tape. This allowed me to see it all come together and make changes before putting any holes in those freshly painted walls. After that I had a friend help me put nails in and make small changes.
I really appreciated the fact that my Snapfish photo canvases came with sawtooth hangers and some felt dots already installed on the back. This made hanging them securely and ensuring they were flush with the wall very easy.
In the end, I love the way our kid-friendly gallery wall came to life. I had hoped for something that felt inviting, had durable materials and would stand the test of time with children. And I think I got it after all. Craig even pointed out that as time goes on and we want to swap out photos and update the wall it will be pretty easy to do so by simply ordering the same size canvases.
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