Wall of Wisdom: Vintage Motto Sampler Gallery

Wall of Wisdom: Vintage Motto Sampler Gallery

So…obviously, this isn’t exactly a project, per se. But it’s an idea that has been slumbering in my mind for a long time now, and I finally set aside the time to put it together. It all started with a large open wall in our bedroom…and a vintage motto sampler…that led to another sampler…and another sampler after that.

Here’s the thing- I *LOVE* a clever phrase. Whether it’s sassy (or saucy) or funny or smart, I am a sucker for a clever slogan. I’ve been known to pull over and snap photos of a tongue-clucking church sign, and I can spend a lot of time pouring over stenciled signs at art shows and festivals. And over the past couple of years, I’ve inadvertently started a collection of vintage motto samplers. Some have come from thrift shops…

Vintage motto sampler at the thrift store to be collected as a Wall of Wisdom gallery in the bedroom by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I’m a worrier- so I needed this!

And others have come from my junkin’ journeys

Vintage motto sampler at the thrift store to be collected as a Wall of Wisdom gallery in the bedroom by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

…from North Augusta, South Carolina…

Vintage motto sampler at the thrift store to be collected as a Wall of Wisdom gallery in the bedroom by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

…and from Boone, North Carolina!

Eventually, they began to stack up and demanded to be displayed. Each one spoke to me in a different way but they all made me feel…good. Not as loudly as a pep rally, not as quietly as prayer- but somewhere in between. So, I gathered up my motto samplers in order to create a “Wall of Wisdom” in our bedroom. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Vintage motto sampler at the thrift store to be collected as a Wall of Wisdom gallery in the bedroom by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A growing collection…

To create a gallery wall, I assembled my rotary cutter and craft mat, as well as some packing paper. You could certainly use newspaper, but I simply cannot stand the feel of it and I also didn’t want to get ink smudges on my samplers. My plan? To create a template gallery for easy hanging!

How to create, design, and hang a gallery wall using vintage motto samplers by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Let’s get this gallery wall started…

I placed a framed sampler in the corner of the packing paper and cut around the sides with my rotary cutter. Now that I had a piece of packing paper that was the exact size of my framed sampler, I wrote a quick title to the paper (so I could remember which sampler my paper template was for), and placed a small strip of painter’s tape to the top.

How to create, design, and hang a gallery wall using vintage motto samplers by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

First one done!

I proceeded to do the same thing for each sampler. Then, I began placing the paper templates on our open wall…and moving them…changing my mind…until I was finally satisfied with the layout. This can take a while, but it’s worth it in the end, I promise!

How to create, design, and hang a gallery wall using vintage motto samplers by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I think this is the winning arrangement…

Once I was 100% certain of the design/collage, I grabbed a hammer and our box of nails. For each frame, I measured (or eyeballed) how far down the hanger was on the back. I then tapped a pinprick nail hole through the paper or tape (depending on where the hanger or wire was) for each corresponding frame. After removing the paper, I tapped the nail in all the way and hung each frame.

How to create, design, and hang a gallery wall using vintage motto samplers by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

So far, so good.

Trust me, it takes way longer to decide on a layout than it does to hang everything! But the best part is- I have seven frames and just seven nail holes. No mistakes to patch up later.

Vintage motto sampler at the thrift store to be collected as a Wall of Wisdom gallery in the bedroom by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Done! (for now)

I just LOVE how it turned out! And now I have all this wisdom, encouragement, and inspiration to greet me when I wake up…plus, there’s room on the wall for more. So I’m definitely not done collecting them yet!

Craft on!

S

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PIN ME!Vintage motto sampler at the thrift store to be collected as a Wall of Wisdom gallery in the bedroom by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Comments

  1. I like that wall of wisdom very much, Sarah. The handwork of each makes it that much more special, IMO.

  2. What a great idea – thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!

  3. pretty pretty

  4. Great idea to group them together to make a statement wall. I have sayings I want to remember written down on scraps of paper, in notebooks, on my IPad. Putting them In one spot makes perfect sense. Now I have to another one to save “today is the day you worried about yesterday”.

  5. The arrangement is very pleasing and the sentiments are worthy reminders for the day.

  6. I like samplers, too, and homey time-loved mottos. And, your idea for making arrangements of frames is simply brilliant.

  7. Very pretty arrangement. It does being back some wonderful memories. Thank you for sharing your creativity at DI&DI.

  8. Love this idea, I have several sampler’s I picked up and wondered what I should do with them. Now thanks to you I know what I want to do with them. sb

  9. Fonda Rush says:

    That is a really nice set-up! I love that one saying “Today is the tomorrow…” also. Worth of a pin!

  10. Great idea! I wish I had an empty wall! Almost no wall space left in my house to hang anything! That’s why I need a new house—bigger! Ha, ha.

  11. What a great gallery you put together! I am struggling with designing one in my home…it’s not exactly my husband’s favorite! Thanks for always coming and sharing at Celebrate Your Story!

  12. I love how it turned out as well. The “worrier” is so on point for me.

  13. What a great idea, those are treasures of a different time and you have lovingly displayed them. Thanks for sharing them with us at Waste Not Wednesday Link Party!

  14. Very pretty!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  15. What a great idea! Love it.

  16. What a clever way to create a gallery wall that really speaks to you 🙂

  17. You have a gorgeous collection here, so lovely.
    We have what we call our ‘wall of wisdom’ too. It’s a collection of saying and printable, along with hand written stickers in frames. It’s in our downstairs toilet room and gives guest soemthing to read whilst they are in there! It’s a real talking point even though it is not as classy as yours.

  18. Mary-The Boondocks Blog says:

    Sarah that is a beautiful wall. I am a firm believer in personal things to decorate our homes not some impersonal things you buy at the art bazar. These samplers obviously speak to your heart and put a smile on anyones face.

  19. Another genius project, Sarah! The embroidered format is a great reminder that true wisdom is timeless!

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