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 8×10.
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!


  1. BARB rOTH says

    Thanks for this idea. I’ve read through the comments as best I could, but I still have a problem – probably easy to answer but I can’t. To cut to the quick: I have 3 pictures (exactly the same size) which I want to hang in a row perfectly level. However, the wires on the back are not exactly the same length on all three. ( 1/4 to 1/2 ” different. These are professionally framed and the wire is really embedded into the metal frame. I can measure the pictures and find the level line where I want them to hang, but do I just guess how much to lower or rise the place where the hanger is? – since each will be slightly different. I don’t want to make several holes all close to each other on a new freshly painted wall. Must be an answer, right?

    • Pam says

      Hang the first one then use painter’s tape to make a horizontal line at the top edge of the frame. Then go to the second one and use this tool to line up the top of the frame with the edge of the tape making sure the frames are even. Then do the same with the third. In this way the frames will line up disregarding where the picture hangers are located in relation with each other. I would recommend using the slanted hangers you can buy in any picture accessories department in a hardware store. These hangers are very easy to insert without ripping a hole in your drywall. Also, these hangers come in different sizes for differing weights of the items to be hung.

    • Karoline Seymour says

      I am totally lost about this one..I have no clue what this is supposed to be for..and I read this several times..a clothes pin to what again? To mark the nail where it is supposed to go? Sorry..help!

  2. says

    I need to rehang a picture frame in my bathroom. I really like your tip about using a clothespin and a nail to get the perfect placement for your frames. That way you don’t need to second guess about where it will hang in relation to other photos or art pieces. However, I’ve seen Velcro tabs that can be used to hang photos as well. Do you know how well those work?

    • Leigh says

      I love those things! As a renter i want my deposit back so i use them everywhere ! And u dont have to buy the expensive ones the same will work for hot glue and velcro for fabric! Yes on the walls!

  3. says

    Oh my gosh, God bless you for sharing this great tip – I am posting it everywhere! I have a “wall of Infamy’ with 40 photos of family members going back 4 generations that I took down thinking we were moving. We did not move and I had no photos of the wall to remind me how it went, just a blank wall full of holes. It was such a puzzle I gave up and rearranged, badly!!! I need to do it over and have been dreading it, bugs me everytime I walk by it it is so out of alignment! Yeah Yeah Yeah –

    My weekend project!!

    With a smile, from Carlyn in Tampa Fl 🙂

  4. Sherry says

    I got married almost three years ago in August. I have three boxes full of pictures that have been needing to be hung up, but I’ve been procrastinating because of the fear of hanging them! Now, I have confidence to do my wall collage in my study and in our entryway! Thank you so much!!!

  5. says

    I also use a piece of making tape for 2 hanger pictures. I measure the distance between the two hangers so I’ll know how far apart to put the nails, & it sticks to the wall as well, to ensure a straight, level line!

  6. says

    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!

  7. says

    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 !!!!!!!!

  8. says

    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!!

  9. says

    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?

    • brenda says

      You can also use a Dremel and a fine drill bit to aid you Gwen. Gently drill through the clothespin then, tap your nail though it after. Also note, she is using a thin nail, as it is for the “marking” for the hang, but not necessarily the exact hardware for said picture or decorative item.

      Me? I do a mix, a paint stirring stick with a nail, and a tiny, tiny dab of toothpaste on the tip of that nail. I had to glass covers crack “gently tapping” to make a mark. The nail on the paint stick keeps my fingers out of the way, and the tiny dab keeps the glass covers in the frame “UNCRACKED!!!” Lol!!!!

  10. says

    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!

  11. says

    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!

  12. says

    I love practical info. And yes, like all the others-brillant! Why didn’t I think of that?!? 😉

    Stopping by from DavisDomestications.blogspot.com

  13. says

    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!

  14. says

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

  15. says

    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 🙂

  16. says

    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

  17. says

    YOU just changed my life!!!
    right now I have that dramatic cipmunk’s face awwww
    Will make my tool tomorrow morning first thing!

  18. says

    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.

  19. says

    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!


  20. says

    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.

  21. says

    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.

  22. says

    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.

  23. says

    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!!

  24. says

    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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