Sarah S.

How to Hang Just About Anything

Hello and happy Friday! I'm looking forward to a couple low key days after a busy week!
I'm back with a post that I've been meaning to share with you all for a long time now -- I was reminded of it when I wrote about our pantry earlier this week:
Every time I share the pantry I get questions about the fork and spoon (go here to learn more about those) and how I hung them. I've been meaning to tell you more about that! While I'm at it I figured I'd share a few of my tricks when it comes to hanging art around our house.

First up -- when I have anything heavy to hang I always use an anchor. Usually with an anchor you have to find a drill bit that matches the size of your anchor, drill a hole in the wall, then insert the anchor and the screw. Too many steps, I got stuff to do.

Instead I use this self-drilling version:
So much easier and quicker! You just use your screwdriver or drill to screw them into the wall and then put your screw in. The only issue I have with them is they make a bigger hole than a regular anchor -- so if you need to fill it later you'll have more to patch up. Otherwise, they are my faves! You can get different sizes depending on the weight of your art or mirror.
For something that has two hooks on the back (I groan when I turn it over and find two!) I will cheat with some picture wire or string (if the item is lightweight):
Again -- quite a time saver. Instead of measuring and leveling and putting two holes in the wall, you just use one and it's way easier to hang.
Sometimes the hooks are two high on the back for this to work. And if you are hanging the item in a spot where it may get jostled or touched a lot this may be best -- you'll be adjusting it constantly. But for the most part it works awesome! I do it a lot. :)
This is my favorite trick for the above method or if you are hanging art that already has wire across the back:
Take a scrap piece of wood (I use a paint stick) and drill a screw into the end. Make sure it goes through the back at least a little.
You'll hang your art on the front of the screw, hold the art where you want it on the wall, then push when you're ready:
The screw leaves a mark where you'll want to put your anchor or drill your screw. Brilliant. Makes life SO much easier!
And finally, how I hung those utensils on the wall! Drum roll please...
If you haven't used these disc hangers, then you need to get some! They were created to hold plates on the wall but I use them for all kinds of things. I've had these since my early days of blogging and they always work great.
You wet the back and they get sticky -- you'll stick them to your surface (works best with paper or ceramic) and then let them dry before hanging. Make sure you follow the directions or it may not stick well. The strength will also depend on the item.
They didn't stick well to my utensils so I hot glued them to make sure they would stay:
They've held up great for years and we open and close that door numerous times a day. They are easily removable too -- if you use the sticky back you can soak it and it comes right off with no residue.
There you go! A few of my tricks for hanging stuff on the wall! All of them work great and I hope you find them useful for your house. :)
Have you tried any of these tricks in your home? Any you use I didn't mention?
P.S. These are my tips for filling the holes if you have to move your art. :)
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