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July 25, 2011

Picture Frame Hanging Tip

This little tip may just change your life!
Okay, maybe I'm being a little overdramatic. Maybe...
But you WILL love this picture frame hanging tip!

Where I learned this tip:
While on maternity leave (which is sadly coming to an end soon), I had HGTV on in the background nearly every day. On one of those days I happened to look up when Get It Sold with Sabrina Soto was on. You know, its the one where Sabrina stages homes for hopes of a quicker sale. Well, she preparing to hang frames on the wall when she whipped out this homemade tool to mark the perfect placement of the frame on the wall!

So I decided to make my version of this tool.
Sabrina had a long piece of wood that looked like an extra thick paint stirrer, and to one end she had a screw screwed into it. I decided to make a scaled down version with a nail and a clothespin since most of the photos I hang aren't any larger than an 8x10.

I simply hammered a nail into a clothespin.
And if you're curious as to why I used a clothespin its because
1) I have a ton of them and
2) Because the one end can double as an extra thick piece of wood so my nail will stay nice and straight when I use it.

To use my little contraption, I hung the nail in the hook on the back of the frame.

Then I held the frame up on the wall and decided where I wanted it to go.

When I knew where I wanted the frame to go I simply gave the top of the frame a light tap.

Which in turn pushed the nail into the wall leaving a marker for where I need put my nail to hold the frame!


Did you just have a "why didn't I think of that moment?"
I only ask because I SO did when I saw this on tv. :)

This little picture frame hanging tip worked like a charm on my son's new photo collage!

;)

92 comments :

  1. wow great tip! i would have never though of that, and it's so simple! thanks for sharing :)
    xo dana
    thewonderforest.com

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  2. awesome tip! thanks so much michele!
    gail

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  3. AH! Great idea!! I'll remember this. Thanks!

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  4. Apparently I need to watch TV more often! I would have never thought of something like that, and I have a hate love relationship with hanging pictures. Thank you so much for sharing! :) xo

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  5. Augh... I've always done this by just holding the nail where the hanger was and do my best to make a mark in the wall. Not nearly as easy as this!!! I'm definitely using this one!!

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  6. Well that's really smart! I am going to try this!

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  7. At first I was like 'wait.. what?' and had to reread it but that is amazing! So much easier than measuring than guessing where to start poking it in.

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  8. Brilliant! I always try to put the tip of a broken crayon on the hook and then press it against the wall to see the mark, but this is sooo much smarter.

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  9. Okay, I LOVE Sabrina Soto and HGTV!! Love this tip... great idea! I'm sad for you that your maternity leave is coming to an end. It feels like your little guy just got here!!

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  10. I am visiting via Someday Crafts.

    This is a fantastic tip! Thank you so much for sharing.

    Happy Tuesday!

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  11. wow! Thanks for sharing that great tip!! your photo wall turned out amazing!! great job!

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  12. That is such a great idea. I hope I can remember it the next time I have a frame to hang. hmm, on second thought, maybe I should go make the clothespin nail thingy and put that with the hammer to help me remember.

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  13. All I have to say is Duh! So Simple but SO USEFUL! Thank you so much! I bet there are products out there like this only they prob cost $20. This will definitely make picture hanging fly by! I'm stopping by from the Tip Me Tuesday party. I would love for you to link this up to My Favorite Things party! It's going on all week,
    & be sure to check out my giveaway too!
    Thanks
    ~Iffy~

    www.stayathomenation.blogspot.com

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  14. This is a great tip. I can't wait to try it!! Thanks for sharing it.

    Ruth

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  15. My husband will love this! Ha! He's the one who hangs my pictures. I won't let on I may be able to do it myself with your handy tool.

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  16. Awwwwwww!
    YOU just changed my life!!!
    right now I have that dramatic cipmunk's face awwww
    Amazing!
    Will make my tool tomorrow morning first thing!
    Thanks!

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  17. Thanks for sharing this awesome tip. I can see where this would be a duh moment. Love the idea. I followed you over from the Sew Woodsy link party and am glad I did.
    Hugs
    Brenda
    I would be honored if you came to see my blog here

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  18. Hi Michelle-

    This is such a great tip. I remember seeing it on Get It Sold and forgot all about it. I am going to make one right now, so it is handy the next time I need it. I added the link to this post on my DIY Daily page.

    My best-Diane

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  19. Pure genius! Thank you so much for sharing!

    Jill of oursevendwarfs.com

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  20. Okay. This is genius. Hooray for fewer holes in my walls from re-hanging pictures because I put the nail in the wrong spot!!!

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  21. Seriously?? How smart are you??? This is so great. No more "eyeing" it and hoping it works out! Thanks Michele!

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  22. Genius! Love your gallery wall. It just gave me the idea to add a shelf into the middle of mine and put a big wooden R for our last name on it! Thanks for the inspiration :)

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  23. You're right, I do love it! (Should save some random holes in my wall, ahem...)
    Jacqueling (visiting from Shabby Creek)

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  24. Brilliant! I'm pinning it on pinterest.

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  25. Wow! That is such a great idea! I am going to use this! I have a bunch of holes I need to patch that are hiding behind picture frames because the nails were in the wrong spots. :) Thanks for sharing this wonderful tip!

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  26. o.
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    GENIUS!
    thank you SOOOOO much for sharing! :)

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  27. you are right... you can also find latest placement papers online.

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  28. Oh yes, this is awesome. Thanks for sharing the idea!

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  29. woww..so smart. thank you for sharing!

    lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com

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  30. Great idea for hanging pics! I am sure MAAAAANY of us can benefit from this! I would love if you would share this post at my HomeMade Monday blog party at http://www.homesavvyatoz.com/2011/07/28/savvy-homemade-monday-party-1/

    I am a new follower!

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  31. Very handy idea! Thanks for sharing it.

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  32. Seriously brilliant...way to DIY! :)

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  33. That is a great tip! Thanks for sharing. Now I won't have to have six or seven nail holes in the wall before I get the picture hung right! :)

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  34. Thanks for sharing. I never would have thought of it. I will be using that when I do my daughter's picture wall this week.

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  35. This is such a useful tip. I know I have spent so much time trying to figure out just where to place the nail. Thanks for linking up last week at Lines Across My Face. I hope to see you back this week!
    http://linesacrossmyface.blogspot.com/2011/07/craft-link-party-2-cure-for-common.html
    :) Rachel

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  36. Great tip! Such a genius little contraption!! I wish I had this when I was trying to arrange my shell wall art!
    Saw you on Craft-o-maniac!!
    http://www.releasemecreate.blogspot.com

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  37. Duh! Love it and yes, why didn't I think of it?! Thx for sharing!

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  38. I love practical info. And yes, like all the others-brillant! Why didn't I think of that?!? ;)

    Stopping by from DavisDomestications.blogspot.com

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  39. A very handy tip! Thanks for sharing. Pinning it to keep this idea with me forever.

    -Tanya
    http://tanyaanurag.blogspot.com/

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  40. This tip totally changed my life! But seriously, this is completely genius and I'm thrilled because I already have everything that I need to make it! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  41. This so DID change my life! Thank you for this awesome tip! LOVE IT!

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  42. Thanks for sharing! I was wondering why I had not thought of this myself and decided...I'm just glad somebody did and shared it.

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  43. Awe this is a wonderful idea! Thank you for linking up at Sew Woodsy last week. Hope you'll join us again tomorrow!

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  44. Thanks for sharing this awesome tip. I can see where this would be a duh moment. Love the idea. I followed you over from the Sew Woodsy link party and am glad I did.
    Hugs
    Roxanne
    picture frames

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  45. I did, I had a why did I not think of this moment - Thanks, it will save some hair pulling!

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  46. oh for... seriously brilliant... and now I am going to have to take DOWN some photos so I can put them up better :)

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  47. GENIUS!!! Thanks to Pinterest, I found you! Thanks for sharing this amazing tip!

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  48. Great idea, thank you for sharing!

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  49. Hi there! Thank you so much for linking this up last week to My Favorite Things Friday Party last week. You are featured in My Stay At Home Nation Spotlight this week! Grab a button & thank you for sharing. I can't wait to see what you link up this week!
    ~Iffy~

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  50. Oh My Gosh. Thank you for taking the time to share this!! :)

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  51. Oh My Gosh. Thank you for taking the time to share this!! :)

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  52. This is something I needed, found it on Pinterest!
    Debbie

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  53. I could have used this years ago. But better late than never. I sure appreciate the tip.

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  54. Genius. Absolute genius. Thank God for Maternity leave and HGTV. :) Lisa~

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  55. ok this is awesome and i'm going to tell you how about the many reasons why! I found your DIY on pinterest. I headed over here in my curiosity, only to find a brilliant tip. Then I realized you have a son named Gavin. (me too). Then I realized you did a gallery collage for him...Ive been planning this for a long time and havent buckled down to actually do it! and lastly, my name is Michelle too (two l's but who's counting?!)
    Thanks for this fab tip, it will make the gallery wall go so much smoother!!
    great to find you...following you now!

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  56. This is SO clever... I just shared it on my FB page. Thank YOU so much for the TIP!

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  57. This is fantabulous! Thanks so much for sharing with us. (Found you through a pin on Pinterest, btw!)

    Enjoy your time with your new baby, they grow up so fast!

    Peace, Judi

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  58. Thank you! Soooo much better than my measure and mark method that I've been doing...especially when I have a MILLION pictures to hang!

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  59. I totally split my clothespin in two when I tried to hammer the nail in ... twice. Crazy! How do you get your nail in without splitting the wood?

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  60. Oh no, Gwen! I'm sorry to hear that! I made sure my nail was centered on the clothespin and hammered it in really slowly and did not have any problems.

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  61. Someone posted a link to your tutorial on pinterest. Such a smart idea!! So glad I found your blog :)

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  62. This is too cool! Passed it along to my husband and daughters!

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  63. I've always used toothpaste on the back of frames to mark the spot, but in most cases, this would be MUCH better. Brilliant!

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  64. thanks for the tutorial. this is one tip I will definitely use.

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  65. This is probably one of the greatest ideas yet! Love the collage too!

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  66. WOW, thanks for sharing! I've got a ton of frames to put up, so this is literally a life saver!

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  67. I came over from iheart organizing where you had left a comment ~ THANK YOU for this wonderful hint about the picture framing. I will definitely try this!!

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  68. Brilliant! Found you through a pin on Pinterest! XO, Pinky

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  69. Oh my gosh, found your tip via Pinterest. Thanks so much for passing this on...awesome!!

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  70. We're completely remodeling our house,therefore I will be hanging BEAUCOUP pics on the wall so THIS is the BEST idea I've seen in a VERY long time !! LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE IT !!!!!!!!

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  71. So frustrating to see this AFTER I did a photo gallery wall. Awesome idea and will use in the future! Thanks!

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  72. Amazing! Thank you soo much, I was about to buy a laser level but I think I can get by now with using this trick!! -Jessica@GreenPB&Js

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  73. I just stumbled upon this tip. I had plans to make a wall gallery. Awesome tip. Thanks

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  74. As an artist i'm always hanging paintings and this will be a huge help.

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  75. Totally had that "Why didn't I think of that?" moment! I will always do this now...Thanks! BTW Gavin is my little boy's name too! :)

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  76. This is a fantastic tip! Thank you so much for sharing.

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  77. I loved your post. It is very easy to use. I have been using one product that I too love and it works for every frame specially wall collages like this one. Simply Hang it. They are little pieces of paper that mark the exact location of the nail. Its perfect!

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  78. Thats a great tip! I had seen it done with the paint stirrer but I like your ingenuity :)
    http://landscapephotographyshop.com

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