Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Works-For-Me-Wednesday: Hang A Group of Pictures & Keep Your Sanity

I love picture groupings. I hate to hang them. The intricate measuring and the math just makes it not fun. But I’ve discovered a better way. And I love it.

Caedmon painted some canvases for his big boy room, and I knew I would be hanging them in a grouping. But I didn’t have forever to get it done. So here’s what I did.

I laid the canvases out just how I wanted them to hang on the wall. Also, Oz felt the need to scoot as close as he could without actually crawling on top of what I was doing help.


Next, I taped four sheets of paper together, making sure they were large enough to cover the area of all the canvases.


Then, I flipped the canvases, making sure they were still in the right place, only flipped over. In other words, don’t just flip them over where they are, you have to flip the entire group so it’s like you’re looking at the group from the back. Do your measuring and placing in the right places.


Next, lay your paper over the back of the group, making sure your paper covers all of your hangers. Make sure it’s straight and level.


Then, using a Sharpie or another fat marker that’s easy to see, mark where each nail should be.



Remove your paper from the grouping. Using a nail similar to what you’ll be using to hang the pictures with, poke a hole where each mark is.


Hang the paper on the wall with tape where you want your grouping to be. Make sure it’s straight and level.


With a pencil, mark your nail spots through the holes in the paper. Remove the paper and hammer in the nails. Then, hang your pictures!


I know it sounds like a lot of steps, but it is SO much easier to me than trying to figure out the placement of each individual picture based on measurements from where the other is hanging. It definitely works for me.

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  1. This does look great. Thanks for the tip!

  2. That's quite possibly the best tip I've read all day. Wouldn't you know that at this exact moment I have SIX pictures on my kitchen table just waiting to be hung as a group? Thank you so much!

  3. Aren't you just too clever? Good job. I'll know to call YOU next time I need pictures hung...and not one of the boys :-)

  4. Love this tip, girl! AND love the canvasses that he painted! Great idea!

  5. So simple, yet so BRILLIANT! Great thinking! Thanks for sharing - now maybe I'll actually get around to hanging some pictures on these bare walls. :-)

  6. I have seen this done with a big piece of butcher paper. I think it's a great idea!