30 April 2012

How to Hang a Picture Without a Hanger



This is one of those posts I hesitate to write because this may already be common knowledge. But, I just polled a couple people and asked them if they knew about this, and both of them looked at me like I had horns. So. At the risk of being redundant, I am sharing this one. 

No recollection where I learned this trick, but I use it once a month or more (yes, I hang a lot of pictures). I sort of assumed everybody knew about it, and yet, I always see people trolling the thrift store frame section and flipping each frame and looking for brackets and hangers. If they only knew....

Materials:
  • Frame with a cardboard cardboard kickstand (allowing the picture to prop up on a table but not on a wall)
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon or Twine
I left some tails on the ribbon because I like to see it peeping out the top like bunny ears, but you could certainly skip that part. I get it. Not everyone likes bunnies.


These clowns hang over my kitchen door. The one on the left looks a little like Columbo. Then again, so does the one on the right. That Peter Falk knew how to get around.


 

22 comments:

  1. I had not cone across this idea either - and I had not thought of it myself. My husband detatches the easle part and attaches a bracket or hanger but I like this idea. Thanks for sharing :)

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  2. Oh Snap! I did not know this. How foolish of me.

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  3. Genius idea! I just felt like saying "duh" after reading your post. It's such an easy fix - thanks!

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  4. Nope, never heard of this before. Yep, this is GENIUS!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing even tho you thought we might already know this!!! You ROCK!!!

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  5. Geesh, I can't believe I didn't think of this! I have 4 small cheap dollar store frames I was hanging with sticky tack and they all fell down, lol. Thank you so much for sharing this!

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  6. Great idea! Thank you for this!!

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  7. Very cleaver idea!! Thanks!!!!

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  8. You're right some people might not know those simple tricks that make thrifting a cheap decorators dreams come true! Did you knoa that Peter Falk was a painter? Mostly watercolor I think...I would like to have one of his paintingg. Just more thing(channelling my inner Columbo) I love Coumbo!

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  9. OMG!!! Those guys would scare me to death in the middle of the night.

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  10. Holy crap...genius. Also, those clowns are horrifying.

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  11. i see hugh laurie on the right...

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  12. Well not everyone knew it because I didn't. Great idea.

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  13. LOVE IT! and no, I never knew it either...but I have seen those other little clips that you have to nail onto the back of the picture frame with eensy weensy nails that are almost invisible - that you hit your finger if you try to use a hammer. This is much friendlier and less damaging to your fingers. I like the bunny ears too.

    And I like clowns, not scary to me. (although my step-daughter no longer goes to circuses because of the clowns. She does NOT know what she is missing!)

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  14. How did I not know about this? This is great information.

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  15. oh my gosh! I did not know this either. doh! Now I can actually hang those flamingo pics in my dining room!

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  16. More flamingoes belong in dining rooms. Always.

    :)

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  17. If you had polled me, I would have looked at you like you had bunny ears. didn't know this one - love it!

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  18. Thanks for this great idea!

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  19. Sometimes the simpliest things are foreign! Thanks for this idea!!

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  20. I also hadn't really considered this idea! I have some cheap dollar store frames that I had leftover from decorating for a party a few years back. I was REALLY resisting attaching the saw-tooth hangers because I knew it would be a pain to do for 8 frames....this is my answer! The cardboard "hangers" that were originally attached to the backing have been ripped for ages, nothing like getting ready for a party that inspires me to fix them up. Thank you for the tip!
    MG

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  21. Wow, this is GENIUS! Can't believe I did not think of this?! Thanks so much, I have been pondering on a solution to this very problem. This is why I love Google and finding lovely blogs such as yours! :)

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