Easy DIY Tutorial – Gallery Wall with Ikea Ribba Frames

Want to create a gallery wall but don’t know where to start. Frames or photos? Then there is the measuring nightmare and the spacing! Below you will find all the instructions and diagrams you need to create a flawless gallery wall in half the time with all the planning and measurements done. All you have to do is shop, pick out your pics and follow the directions to hang.

STEP 1a   Select Your Frames – Ikea Ribba Series – sizes are in centimeters unless otherwise labeled b/c it was easier to make the pattern since Ikea frame sizes are based on the metric system.

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STEP 1b Get Your Supplies – Love the idea of a gallery wall but not 100 new holes in your freshly painted wall? Here are two products that will help. You can find both of these at Target. In my opion the Hang and Level is well worth the $15. The Arrow thumbtack picture hangers come in a large pack of 10lb, 15lb and 20lb for $9.

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STEP 2  Figure out your wall size and arrangement – See More Examples Below

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STEP 3 Divide and conquer. You will need to put this up in sections as well as in the following order to make your life easier. There will be some sections that are not 2.5” apart. Only the areas in red should be spaced at 2.5”. See below for my suggested order to put them up. The order may seem strange, but think of it as aligning your baselines 1st then moving on to aligning the outside edges.

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Finished Project: Photowall

Other Arrangements:

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Fast, No Clean-up Holiday Treat

Fast and Easy Christmas TreatNeed a quick snack item to take to that Christmas party or just want to say thanks but short on time? These little salty sweet snacks are just what you need!

Ingredients:

– Pretzels ( I like to use square ones)

– M&Ms ( Peanut butter ones are good but the red and green look great! Peanut M&Ms work too!)

– Hershey Kisses (either milk, dark or hugs)

Step 1. Heat oven to 175 degrees

Step 2. Place wax paper on cookie sheet or baking tray. Arrange unbroken pretzels on baking tray.

Step 3. Unwrap all the kisses and place one each square on top of each pretzel

Step 4. Place in oven for 7 minutes or until chocolate can be pressed down with an M&M

Step 5. Pull sheet out of the oven and place an M&M on each kiss pressing down until you hit pretzel.

Step 6. After the pan cools to touch, place tray in refrigerator to chill.

Step 7. Enjoy!

Quick, Affordable, Christmas Craft Idea: Peppermint Bath Salts

Peppermint Bath Salts - Make your ownLooking for a craft that is quick and easy and won’t break the bank right here at the holidays? Have teachers gifts to give or an office party? I have the perfect gift! Best part, the more you make the cheaper the overall cost of each gift.

Peppermints are the scent of the season. Their bright red and white stripes are cheerful and the smell of peppermints relaxing during a hectic holiday season.

Make these Peppermint striped bath salts for as little as $2 each!

Materials needed: (makes approximately 8 depending on jar size)

– Box of Epson salts ( can be found in the health aisle at any grocery or pharmacy) $3

– Glass jar or plastic ( I used a cute one from the Dollar store – should have a screw on top) $1

– Bottle of red food coloring $2

– Bottle of Peppermint Extract/Oil ( found in the baking section with the spices and vanilla flavoring) $3

– Scissors

– 6″x6″ square of Christmas Fabric ( I like red stripes) $2 for a 1/2 yard

– white 1/4″ ribbon $1

Optional

Peppermints, construction paper tag or a Teaspoon for decoration. Funnel for pouring.

Step 1. Separate salts into two bowls.

2. place 8-10 drops of food coloring in one of the bowls and stir until desired red/ pink color is achieved.

3. Place 5+ drops of Peppermint Extract into each bowl and stir.

4. Alternate pouring salts into jar to create a stripe effect. Between each pour, tap the jar on the table to even out the layer, never shake.

5. Once filled to top, place fabric square over the opening and secure the lid.

6. Tie on any additional decorations and your done!

** and no, it will not turn your bath red, tested and approved 😉 **

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Make your own Red Stripe Wine Glasses

Red Striped Wine GlassMy mom fell in love with these great red striped wine glasses at Pier One. Unfortunately they were $6.50 each! That can make for an expensive party before you ever buy the wine.

Answer: Make your own!

What they would cost you to buy for 8 dinner guest: $52 + tax

What they cost you to make: $10.50 + 8 minutes of your time. (Hey going to the store would take at least 30mins and gas!)

Materials:

Wine glasses from the Dollar Store $1

Glass puff paint from the craft store ( must be for glass, can be found in the stain glass section- see image below) $2.50

Step 1: Clean glass and dry.

Step 2: Turn glass over and begin to draw a swirl starting at the stem of the glass with your paint. Turn the glass slowly following the line to the lip of the glass. Let drive overnight.

Done!

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