12 Easy DIY Tips and Tricks for Hanging Pictures, Frames & Artwork

updated Mar 30, 2023
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Here are 12 easy ways to make the un-fun process of hanging artwork a little bit more tolerable. Follow these tips and tricks and you might just spare your fingers some physical pain, or skip the mental frustration that comes from drilling holes in the wrong place the first time around.

Read these, and live wiser my friends:

1. This goes in the “how to figure out where to stick the nail” folder, and it’s a good one from Fabulous Home Blog.

2. You may have seen this smart idea from American Woodworker. Simply photocopy the item you want to hang, tape to the wall, and drill where needed.

3. This suggestion comes via Reddit: if you have to climb a ladder to hang something high up, throw a magnet in your pocket first. You can keep metal nails and screws at the ready, without having to put them in your mouth.

4. Or, glue the magnet directly to your hammer for some simple nail storage. This tip comes courtesy of DIY Life.

5. Here’s another thought from It’s Overflowing. Put a length of tape between the two holes on your picture, then transfer to the wall where you’ll hang the picture. Drill at each end of the tape.

6. This works with pretty much any type of bracket, as seen on The Harpster Home.

7. You can hang lighter items temporarily using handmade glue dots, as described by Penny Duncan over on her blog. All you need is some Aileen’s glue, and a plastic surface.

8. Momtastic rigs a handy little tool each time she hangs something, and get its right every time.

9. If you always hit your fingers instead of the nail, use a packing peanut. Lifehacker says they pull right off after the nail is in.

10. Don’t have packing peanuts? How about a clothespin? From Real Simple.

11. We here at Apartment Therapy have posted about using soda tabs instead of hooks before.

12. If you screw up, a rubber band on the hammer head will protect walls as you remove your nail. Also from DIY Life.

Have any other clever things to add to the list?