Instead of just a bunch of photos for our family room gallery wall I mixed it up a bit with a wood veneer monogram, a framed fabric swatch, and framed keys. These pieces give the eye a place to rest amongst all the photos. I love oval frames, but I always feel that they force you to crop pictures too much. I prefer to use them to display other items. In this case, I used a scrap of leftover fabric from the dining room chair slipcovers in one frame. I made key art for the other frame.
Here is how I did it:
- wood veneer (leftover from wood veneer monogram)
- decorative keys (I used scrapbook embellishments from K&Company found at Michael’s)
- white spray paint
- frame (I found the oval frames at Target)
- Spray paint the keys white. I left mine attached to the cardboard they came on, but I do not recommend this. They were difficult to remove afterwards and I had to use a little sandpaper to clean up the edges of each key. Instead, remove them first and place them on wax paper to spray paint.
- Use the paper insert from the frame to trace the shape onto the wood veneer. Cut out the wood veneer oval.
- Determine the arrangement of your keys. Depending on the size of your keys and frame, you could do one big key or a set of smaller ones. I selected my favorite keys and used 5 total. I placed the largest key in the middle and the smaller keys on each side.
- Glue (I used Elmer’s All Purpose) the keys onto he wood veneer.
- Insert wood veneer into frame. Note: The thickness of the keys may make for a tight fit. You may need to remove extra cardboards or inserts that came in the frame.
- Hang with your gallery wall and enjoy!