I’ve mentioned before how awkward it is to decorate our long narrow hallway. We moved to San Francisco over a year ago, and the hallway has remained barren because I just could not figure out how to fill up the space without buying a bunch of frames (and nail holes).
Then I saw this pin, and I had my inspiration for a Clothesline Photo Gallery!
Clothesline Photo Gallery
Time: 30 minutes, tops
Cost: About $10 if using all-new supplies
- Baker’s twine (or yarn, fishing line, ribbon, etc.) I used about 4 yards. I found plain twine at a local hardware store, and I also had some turquoise baker’s twine from Lilly Belle’s Paperie Etsy shop.
- Mini clothespins (I found mine at Little Red Cottage’s Etsy shop)
- Measuring tape
- Photos, post cards, artwork, greeting cards, etc.
1. Measure the wall and cut the amount of twine you will need, adding a little extra so the line won’t be taut.
2. Make a slip knot on each end and tack the line in place. (I eyeballed the height for both ends of the hallway and ended up a half-inch off. I was quite impressed with myself.)
3. Add a tack to the middle, or add two if your wall is longer. An extra tack will help support the weight of the photos and add some visual interest. (Can you tell I watch too much HGTV?)
I recommend using a measuring tape at this point, just so you don’t have to go through the bother of questioning yourself. I didn’t do that at first, of course, so Sam and I bickered about where the middle point was and made a few tack-holes before we got out the measuring tape to settle the argument. Fun times!
4. Hang your photos with mini clothespins.
I tried to space out the vertical/horizontal, color/black-and-white, couple/single/group pictures to make everything look balanced.
I didn’t think too hard about it, honestly, and at the end I switched around a few and was happy with the results.
I like that this solution doesn’t take up too much space, there are no nail holes, and it fills the long hallway space without having to worry about a fancy arrangement of frames. Plus, the pictures are very easily interchangeable and can be as customizable and temporary as you want. Sometimes I worry too much about which pictures are special enough to preserve in a frame, but this takes away that anxiety. In fact, I plan on exchanging these photos regularly with post cards, holiday cards, and new pictures.
Hooray for Pinterest and quick projects! I’m linked up to Project Pinterest, hosted by I Love You More than Carrots 🙂
Bake, make, or decorate… but most importantly, do!
I’m also heading over to Lulu & Sweet Pea to join up with their Pinteresting Project!
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