I'm not gonna lie, DIY is really not my thing. Don't get me wrong I can be crafty on occasion but whenever I see the signature 'Do it Yourself' caption on Pinterest I tend to scroll faster. However, I have great respect for those people who can see an inspirational photo and make it a reality - what is their secret?? How do they break the DIY code?
These were the questions that haunted me when I ran across the image below - a beautiful washi tape gallery (for anyone who doesn't know what washi tape is, it's a Japanese decorative scrapbooking tape made of paper). I was totally hooked on the look and feel of this new, less permanent way to create a gallery wall. To preface this, I was heading back to Parsons School of Design in NYC for my Junior year and was trying to find a way to make my dorm feel like home without ruining the walls (damn it, I am getting that deposit back this year)! As an avid collector of imagery and inspiration usually my walls get thrown together without much curation but this year I had a plan! I was doing the DIY - yes you heard me right. I was about to tackle making Pinterest into a reality.
- I invested in some pretty fabulous Washi tape. You can find it at Paper Source, Staples, Michaels - basically any craft store. Look in the scrapbooking section and you'll usually find an assortment. I decided to mix it up with some solids and patterns. I chose black tape to ground the wall and touches of gold and silver for accents. I recommend getting a variety because you want to be able to play with it
- I gathered my gallery wall imagery! This type of gallery wall is great because you don't use frames so it allows you to use art of any size. The possibilities are endless. I used pictures I had collected, magazine clippings, postcards from a museum exhibit, and images I found online and printed. Allow yourself to play at this part and have some fun, use a variety of juxtaposed images and sizes to create a dynamic wall.
- Curation time! Plan how your wall will look ahead of timet, trust me it is worth it. Lay out all the images you want to use and play with them till you find the right balance. No worries though when you start creating your wall you can always change things - the joys of washi tape are endless because it peels right off without taking off the paint.
Now it was time to start actually making my gallery wall. I used a small piece of double stick tape on the back of each image so I could place them then add the washi tape at the end. After having placed all my images I continued to toy with them while using touches of washi tape starting with the gold and silver.
Now it was time to add some decorative frames using the black washi tape. This part took the longest but was well worth the wait. I made the base of the frame first then added on the details with smaller pieces of tape. This part doesn't have to be perfect, that's the great part about DIY I found. You can make mistakes but that's what makes it your own.
Overall, it was a total success, I can now say that I have tackled the Pinterest: DIY and won! Feel free to try this out at home and create a modern, fun gallery wall that you can change as many times as you want. Don't be afraid of the DIY, embrace it - you won't regret it!