Day 6: Hanging crooked frames

PB ghostly gallery

Normally I wouldn’t suggest hanging crooked frames. Off center and wonky generally drives me up the wall – but in this case it’s a very good thing. I saw the idea in a PB catalog, and knew that I could achieve the same look with some thrift store frames.

Pottery Barn inspired ghostly gallery DIY

I went to Goodwill and bought a bunch of frames, all in different shapes and sizes (but all rectangular) – the most important part was that the sticker was the 1/2 off color of the day, the whole lot was only about $10. I also used my favorite decorating weapon – Krylon in flat black.

Spray Painting Picture Frames

I took out all the insides, so I could spray paint all the frames the same color.

Spray painted photo frames

The end of spray painting season is coming all too quickly… I’m gonna miss a quick coat of the magical stuff! While the frames were drying, I started working on the art stuffs to go in them.

coloring photo mat

I wanted to reuse the “guts” of one of the frames, but the mat on the photo had a green inner mat. I took a fine point marker and colored it in black – whole new look to recycled mat.

coffee stained book pages

I knew I wanted to vary the looks, so some of the frames were filled with coffee stained book pages – and others were filled with graphics from my buddy Karen at Graphics Fairy. I just printed them and framed them up – instant art!

hanging frames crooked

Once the frames were all dry and put back together, I knew that I’d need a way to hang them crooked. I originally thought I’d fill the frames and then use a nail gun to attach them all together. Then I realized that I never have enough art and it would be much better for my budget to figure out how to reuse the frames. So, I cut strips of felt and put them on the back of each frame with hot glue, then put hangers in the wrong spots to make them hang right (was that as clear as mud?) I intentionally chose spots on the back of the frames to put the hangers so that they’d hang wonky.

layered photo frames

I hung the bottom layer with small paneling nails, just like you’d normally hang a photo. Then, I used screws to hang the top layer, so that I could make them stick out past the bottom layer frames.

wonky frame

Some of the frames were a little too wonky. They fell too far on the bottom towards the wall

roll of felt

I rolled up a bit of felt and hot glued the “tail” of it down.

photo hanging tricks

Then I used it as a sort of stop to hold the photo out. I just tucked it right in there and it holds great 🙂

Ghostly Gallery DIY

And once you’ve got all the frames filled, screws and nails all up and everything put in place, just enjoy your crooked frames. Well, unless you wanna add a little more to them… but you can see that in my Halloween Mantle reveal post on Friday 🙂

About Gina Luker

Gina Luker is a writer, photographer and lover of all things quirky. She's usually found with a drill in one hand and a cocktail in the other while blogging along the way. She's addicted to coffee, polka dots, rock stars, Instagram, and everything aqua.


  1. Totally want to try that too!


  2. funny frames!
    thanks for hosting!

  3. Thanks for hosting, Gina. The frames are spooky and spectacular.

  4. Love the “wonky” frames! Perfect for Halloween.

  5. Thanks for hosting Gina! Can’t wait to see what everyone has been up to this week:) Carrie

  6. Thank you for hosting us!
    Brooke from

  7. Those frames are so fun!! Thanks for hosting Gina!!

  8. Leaving you a than you on the iPad. Lord knows how the words will get turned around lol. Thanks for the link and party.

  9. LOVE the crooked frames! Great idea. Thanks for hosting!

  10. Thank you for hosting such a great party. I really love the frames.


  11. Love the frames, so creative!! Thanks for the party, just linked up!

  12. Love your wonky frames! They are fun. (graphics fairy has some great fall prints, too!)

    Thanks for hosting!

  13. The frames are adorable, I mean spooky!
    Thank you for hosting!
    Kerry at

  14. Thanks for hosting. The frames are so cool! I love how yours turned out.

  15. Thanks for hosting! What a bash that was last week. These frames are so fun, I don’t know how you find the time.

  16. Those crooked frames are awesome! Thanks for hosting!

  17. Love it! I snuck over to Graphics Fairy myself this week! 🙂

  18. I just linked up! Thanks for hosting! Love the frames!

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  20. WOW congrats on last weeks link party! Love your cute frames. I have a gallery wall that I spookified for Halloween and the OCD in me is also having a hard time with the crooked frames 😉 Hang in there…. it’s only for one month! Thanks for hosting!

  21. Wow! I love that, it looks great!

  22. Love the frames idea! Really cool! Thanks for hosing a lovely party, I always find a lot of inspiration here.

  23. Hi Gina. Your crooked frames are pretty neat. The thrift stores by me have upped their frames prices b/c us ladies have been clearing them out! Thank goodness I have a stockpile. Thank you for hosting this week and…your party is ROCKIN’!!! Look at all the attendees! andrea@townandprairie

  24. Love your take on this project, Gina! Thanks for breaking it down. 🙂 Linking up for the first time today ~ so glad I found your blog!
    Heidi @ Show some Decor

  25. Thank you for hosting….your picture frame display turned out great – very fun!
    Thanks again.

  26. Happy Thursday Gina!

    Thanks for letting me share my Chalk Paint whole room makeover…enjoy the day!

    janet xox

  27. Incredible! Heading over to Graphics Fairy to check her out! Love your creativity- as always an inspiration! I’ve got to add you to Simply Cottage Love’s Pinterest Board and shout from the rooftops (okay, okay… it just
    Simply Cottage Love’s Face Book Page ) but still! I love it!

  28. Thanks for hosting Gina! Your tutorials are fantastic…

  29. Love the wall of crooked frames… thanks for hosting!

  30. Those crooked frames are awesome! & you’d never have to worry about straightening them up 🙂
    Thanks for sharing & hosting this awesome party!!

  31. I Love your frame project! I have a hard time getting anything straight, so that is right up my alley! Thanks for hosting!

  32. You did have a lot of people join in last week you are so popular

    love seeing all the great ideas and talent

    those frames are great

  33. Thanks for hosting and hoppy cleaning!

  34. Hi, Gina

    I just love looking around your blog. I am a new follower. Thank you for hosting a link party.


  35. Hey Gina! I meant to say hi before this. I’m a fellow 31-Dayer. Whew! I know, I know – it’s only Day 6, but I signed up for paint projects – EASY paint projects, but still that’s 31 of ’em!

    Obviously someone didn’t think this thru too good :p. Thanks for hosting. I’m enjoying your 31 projects!

  36. Great idea with the crooked frames. So fun and whimsical. They look fantastic!

  37. Hi Gina! First off..Thanks for hosting. I love the wonky frames and that you actually said wonky. It’s one of my favorites =)

  38. Thanks for hosting, I also saw the frames and loved them, you know how you put it on your list to do!
    You did it and it came out great!

  39. How fun for Halloween! Great job!

  40. Great job the frame collection replica! Good idea to go to a thrift store for the cheap frames. You should head over to and share your project with Beckie. Her blog is about “knockoffs”.

  41. Love your halloween frames! Thanks for hosting!

  42. Your crooked frames are so cool. Thanks for the tutorial.

  43. They turned out SO great Gina!!!

  44. Your crooked frames do look a little spooky and fun!

  45. These frames are fabulous, and you could totally re-use them for different seasons! So fun!

  46. Thanks for hostessing the fun linky party – I’ve got your button 🙂

    Mary @ Redo 101

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