How to Create a Christmas Song Gallery Wall
Hi friend! Hopefully you hopped along with me and all of my friends last week on our Home for the Holidays tour. If you did see my post, then you saw the Christmas song gallery wall that I put together. That’s the DIY I’m sharing here with you today. This project was a lot of fun but definitely took some planning. It was all worth it in the end because every time I walk down our hallway now I get all the warm, Christmas feels.
If you already have a gallery wall, that’s great! You can do this project and use your existing wall. If you don’t have one, now is the perfect opportunity to create a beautiful focal point for your home. Below, I’ll tell you all of the supplies you’re going to need and walk you through the process. When you’re done you’re going to have a beautiful wall that everyone is going to be envious of. I can’t tell you how many compliments I’ve gotten on mine so far.
- Music Notes Scrapbook Paper by Recollections- Michaels
- You’ll need as many sheets as you have frames for your wall. I have nine frames but I bought extras to use in case I messed up!
- Craft Smart Fine Line Paint Pen in Black- Michaels
- You’re going to need multiple pens. For 9 frames, I used 4 pens.
- Craft Smart Broad Line Paint Pen in Black- Michaels
- You’re going to need multiple of this pen as well. I used 5 pens.
- Frames (if you don’t already have)- Michaels
- These are my favorite frames! I have them all over my home
- Light source for tracing
- Computer with Microsoft Word
Planning Your Wall
The first thing you need to do is figure out what song you want to put on your gallery wall. I chose I’ll Be Home for Christmas. It’s one of my favorite Christmas songs and up until recently, my husband and I spent almost every holiday apart. I’m really looking forward to him being home for Christmas and our son’s birthday this year.
Once you have your song picked out, you need to type up the lyrics on a word document on your computer. I used Lucida Calligraphy font to type up my song. Most of the words are typed in size 165, but the larger words, like Christmas, had to be brought down to size 148 so the entire word would fit onto the paper. This is not exactly a small print job. I used 24 pages to print my song.
After you have your song lyrics printed, you need to plan out how many of the words are going on each page. I did my best to make it so that each frame had a natural break in the words so that it wouldn’t look awkward when you read it. Since I have nine frames, I needed to split all of my lyrics up into nine segments. To do that, I took a piece of paper and drew nine boxes and wrote the lyrics in all of the boxes. This took a few tries to get right, but in the end I came up with the best arrangement to fit all of the song.
Creating Your Music Sheets
Now that you have figured out your song choice and the placement for all of your lyrics, it’s time to start tracing them onto your music sheet paper. To do this, you’re going to need your printed song lyrics, your music sheets, a pencil, and a light source.
I started this project during the day and I used my dining room window to trace all of the words on my paper. This worked great, until it got dark. I thought I was going to have to finish up the project in the morning but my husband came up with a brilliant idea. He turned on his phone’s flashlight and placed it light-side up under a glass baking dish. Then he put my lyrics and the music sheets on top of the dish and the words shown through perfectly. I knew I married him for a reason, he’s an amazing problem solver.
I want to give you some advice for this step that will save you a headache later on. The music sheets are 12×12 inches. The frames that I used are 11×14. Obviously those two measurements aren’t going to work well together. I learned that if I place my words further to one side of the paper, I’d be able to cut off the extra inch from the music sheets to make them fit.
Once you have your words traced out in pencil and looking the way you want (plus side of using pencil!) it’s time to fill them up with your paint pens. I used paint pens because after trying out a regular Sharpie, I didn’t like the look it was giving my lyrics. You’re going to use the fine tip paint pen to outline your words and color them in with the broad tip. These paint pens run out so quickly, so definitely don’t use the fine tip to color them in. Can I just say how therapeutic it was for me to color all of the lyrics in.Talk about grown up coloring therapy haha. After you fill them in, make sure to let them dry. The paint pens take longer to dry than Sharpies.
Putting Your Gallery Wall Together
Once you have all of your music sheets completed, it’s time to hang them up on your wall. I already had my gallery wall up, so all I needed to do was change out the prints and do a little measuring and cutting. If you didn’t have a gallery wall prior and need help getting it set up, check out my post Creating a Fall Gallery Wall for all of the hanging and measuring details!
Like I mentioned earlier, the music sheets are too big for the frames. I took an inch off of the side to make them fit into the 11-inch width of the frame. That solved my width issue but not my length. Because the sheets are 12 inches and the frame is 14, I was going to have a gap and I wasn’t sure how to fix it. I tried to make them free floating but that didn’t work because the glass needed the support of the back of the frame. Eventually I came up with a solution that I was okay with. All of the frames came with a mat to make them fit an 8×10 print. I decided to put the mat behind my music sheet and center my sheet so there was a one inch gap above and below.
I used two pieces of tape on either side of the music sheet to keep it centered in the frame. Then I put the mat down behind it and put the back on and stuck it back up on the wall. It really wasn’t difficult once I figured out my placement for the first page. I repeated the process with my eight other sheets and tah-dah! I have a beautiful gallery wall with one of my favorite Christmas songs on it. Below, I styled a vignette below on a console table with some of my nutcrackers and angels.
I hope that your gallery wall turns out great! Let me know if you’d like to use my word document for I’ll Be Home for Christmas. I’m happy to send it. Tag me in your photos when you’re finished or leave them in the comments below.