Easy Method for Hanging Pictures on the Wall

When I was in Birmingham, I worked with a designer who showed me the neatest trick and easy method for hanging pictures on the wall and it’s really a foolproof way that I wanted to share with you.

I have mentioned it along the way, but wanted to do a full post showing how handy this trick can be when you are trying to get something up on the wall by yourself.

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This is a piece of molding that I’m going to hang above my dining room doorway.  It’s a chunky piece of crown molding that I added 2 hooks on the back and it isn’t heavy, so doesn’t require anything but 2 small nails to hold it in place.

So, here’s the easy method.

  1. Take a piece of FrogTape (my tape of choice) and stretch it between the hooks on the back of whatever you are hanging. This works with anything that requires 2 hooks.

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2.  Press your nail into the tape at the spot where the nail and hook will meet on the wall.  Pierce the tape and make a hole in the tape.

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3.  Hold the item up on the wall where you want it and then carefully take the tape off and try to get it in the same spot that you want the final piece to hang.  This might require 2 people if the item is heavy or you are up high on the wall.  But, most of the time I can do this by myself.

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4.  Once you get the tape up, then you want to level it.  Your nail holes are already made, so this is where you can shift the tape back and forth on the wall to get it centered and leveled.

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5.  Once it is level and centered where you want it, tap in your nail in the holes that are premade in the tape.

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6.  Then hang up your item, it should fit perfectly on the nails you’ve put into the wall.  Voila!

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This works on larger items too, like this mirror.  Stretch out the tape.  Mark the spot where the holder will hang on the hook or nail.

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Level your tape.

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Tap in the hooks.

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Hang your mirror!  This is a fool proof method that I use ALL the time and all you need is some FrogTape (or tape of your choice).  Gets the job done quick and easy.  Since I learned this method, it’s what I always do when I’m hanging 2 nails or hooks.

Here are a few more things I’ve hung recently, coming up the main stairs.  This house is coming alive!

I painted my old gold sconce with Rustoleum’s Lagoon spray paint and added the gold highlights with Rub N Buff.

Love the pop of color and how the framed seashell prints accent this wall.  The red things in the vase are just painted coral red sticks.

Have you tried this one before?  It’s a great method for hanging prints and mirrors.

Note:  I’m a Frogtape brand ambassador and am compensated to share how I use FrogTape products.  This is a sponsored post.


- Rhoda


Comments

  1. Julie @ The Family CEO says:

    Genius idea! I can’t wait to try it. I hung six pictures yesterday and this would have come in so handy.

  2. BRILLIANT! going to give this a try for sure- thanks :)

  3. Oh wow! oh wow, oh wow!!!!

    I am doing my happy dance! Finally I feel brave enough to dress up my bare walls. I have been putting it off thinking I will make a mess of it.

    Now I am feeling confident … I can do this!

    Big, big thanks:)

  4. Thanks so much for sharing this Rhoda. It seems everything has two hooks on the back these days and it can be ver frustrating trying to hang them straight. I will be using your suggestion the next time I have to contend with this problem.

  5. This is genius! I have a heavy mirror that I need to hang. Since my husband can’t lift anything heavier than a milk carton right now due to surgery, this will get the mirror off the floor and onto the wall. Thanks!

  6. I am so excited! I can eyeball a picture like nobody’s business but if there are two hooks/holes-ugh! OFTEN the hooks themselves are not level or even etc. Using a measuring tape for me seems to make it worse..?
    THIS really solves that problem. I had a small shelf that gave me fits! It took so much work to get it up I have been afraid to move it. Now, I feel like my options just opened up!

  7. Great idea and I want that level!!! oh, and your mirror, too. They are absolutely beautiful!

  8. Thanks for that fabulous idea! Your house looks marvellous, you are an amazing decorator. Hugs, cindy

  9. Thank you!!!!! How is it that I have never heard this brilliant idea before…one of the greatest tips ever! Rhoda, I’m a fairly new follower and I absolutely live your blog! Your new home is just beautiful and I am so happy for you!

  10. OMG – how easy is that!?! And here I am measuring from side to side and top to bottom. Thanks for sharing this great time saving tip!!

  11. Super Tip!!!!!!!!! Thank you!

  12. Wow that is an awesome tip! really could of used that last week when I made 2 extra sets of holes in the wall hanging a pic! LOL Thanks for sharing! Traci

  13. I pinned this recently from Pinterest and have used it a few times in our new place and it really is a lifesaver! Btw, I have the exact same shelf!

  14. Brilliant. Simply brilliant!

  15. Wonderful!!! I never like the 2 hooked items for fear it would hang crooked. Thank you

  16. I really love a good idea/tip and…this one made my day! Awesome!! Thanks for sharing. Best tips and tutorials ever Rhoda! Love your blog and look forward everyday to what the next great post will be! This is one tip that will be used over and over again! Genius +++

  17. Oh what a wonderful tutorial….I’m glad to learn this. Also would like to know how to hang plates, mirrors that don’t come with hooks or loops already attached.

  18. This is a tip I’ve been using for years. I used to manage a furniture & accessory store and we were always having to rehang art. Made it so much easier!
    I love the way you tied in colors in that vignette on the stair wall, but the length of the sticks looks awkwardly long. The proportion just seems off to me.

  19. Thanks friend! That is a wonderful tip, can’t wait to pass it on via facebook and your blog!
    hugs, p

  20. Brilliant. I’m moving in March and will have many, many things to hang. What a great suggestion.

    I am just in awe of how much you (and your incredible father) have done to the house and how much you’ve made it your home.

  21. Harriet McMillan says:

    Great idea!

  22. Brilliant method! Now my pictures can be hung and the house will look complete. Thank you.

  23. I have to get me some of that Frog Tape! Thanks for the neat tip on hanging stuff. My only problem is I’m running out of wall space to hang. LOL !

  24. Great idea! And so simple I wonder why I didn’t think of this before. Thanks so much for sharing, I’ll be pinning this!
    Debbie :)

  25. I use this method, too, and it is genius!! I love it. No more bajillion holes in the wall when I try to hang something.

  26. Thanks! I’ve seen lots of tips before…but I think this is the best! Thanks for sharing! ~Tammy

  27. I have used this method for quite some time and it always works, especially for more than one hook on something.

  28. Great idea, I am re-hanging a huge mirror at my mothers house which she had placed too low over the fireplace. I will definitely use this technique. I have almost finished re-decorating and styling it to put on the market next month. It will be a sad time but also a time to move on. I have labored for 6 months over it and never had to do half of what you did to your place. Just a freshen up with new paint colour. I think I just don’t want to let go of the memories.

  29. This is THE best tip I’ve heard in ages!!! I’ve always had so much trouble getting things with two hangers on the back straight. They are always just a little off. What an easy and amazing time and wall saver!!! I got a wall sconce recently and their template wasn’t right. This hint would have save me a lot of grief and wall patching.

  30. Great tip Rhoda!!!….love your mirror!!

  31. Karen McKay asbell says:

    Brilliant and so simple! Why didn’t I think of that! My husband will be doing a happy dance!

  32. I have used a light shade of nail polish on the brackets on the back of a shelf, lightly push against wall and you have the spots for the nails marked. It wiped off easily too since it was only on long enough for me to tap the nails in.

  33. Wow…..I cannot wait to try this! Thanks for sharing. I love your blog :)

  34. Kathleen Mitchell says:

    Wow! You always amaze me with your knowledge and creativity! Thanks for that trick… I just moved and hanging pics, mirrors, etc is my least fav part of moving but NO MORE! You’re a genius! Thanks for sharing!

  35. Sandy Hays says:

    I’m embarrassed to admit this… but I don’t get it. And I’m the only one who doesn’t get it! I have never used Frog Tape, so maybe that’s the problem. Is it sticky on both sides? Isn’t the sticky side of the tape against the picture and the smooth side against the wall? How do you get this tape to come off the back of the picture and stick to the wall? I would LOVE to figure this out, because hanging items with two holes on the back is a nightmare! Please somebody take pity on me and explain how this tape will stick to the wall.

    • Hey, Sandy, no problem! The FrogTape is just thick tape so works well for this and no, it’s not sticky on both sides. You do have to manually pull the tape off the back of your piece and then eyeball where the final hooks will hang on your wall, by holding the piece up to your wall. But since the holes are already marked on the tape, then you can move it around and around on the wall until you get it placed just so and centered and leveled. That’s the beauty of this method.

      • Sandy Hays says:

        Oh geez… DUH! For some reason, when I was reading that last night, I just didn’t get it. Now it makes perfect sense. I want you to know how much I appreciate your articles. I am currently working on the bathroom in our vacation home, and I am using all of your techniques – from framing the mirror to painting the cabinets. You make this look like it’s possible to undertake. So thank you!

  36. This is assuming that the hangers are level with the top of the frame. If they are, this is a fast and easy way to get it right the first time.

  37. THANK YOU!!!! Yes I’m shouting. I have 3 things that I need to hang and all require 2 nails or screws. I am known in my family for hanging things up crookedly. Now I am going to get these up and they will be straight. Have a great day. I love your blog and have enjoyed following along on your home redo.

  38. thank you for this GREAT post!

  39. Great tip for hanging art and things in the wall. You don’t know how many times I’ve put a million holes to find the level. Thanks again.

  40. Dang, could of used this last week. LOL. Awesome tip I’m looking forward to trying. Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

  41. Carlin Bass says:

    Hey
    Love the tip!
    What do you do if you are not sure two holes on back of pic are level?

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