Picture Frame Hanging; Made Easy

Bryan and I have this collage of pictures in our front room.
I really love it.
We’ve moved 4 times in the last 3 years,
and it only took Bryan taking these pictures down and back up once to find an easier way to do it.
We decided to use old gift bags as guides!
  First we traced the frame and then cut it out.
Then we laid our guide over the frame,
and then poked a hole where the nail should go.
 When we were done tracing and cutting out all the guides, 
we taped them on the wall where we thought we wanted them.
Then we measured each of the spaces to get it perfect
(this is the best part of doing it this way… it’s movable!)
When we had them just right, 
we nailed right on top of them.
Then we removed the guides; all of the nails were perfectly placed,
and we hung our pictures.
We’ve saved all the guides now, 
so when we move somewhere new, if we want this collage again
all we have to do it pull them out, tape them up, measure..
and ta-da! a perfect collage.
No more guessing where the nail goes, and making 3 holes to get it right!
Word collage template found HERE
20 Comments

20 Responses to Picture Frame Hanging; Made Easy

  1. Natalie 08/31/2011 at 7:13 am #

    OH that is adorable. Thanks for the tips. We struggle in the hanging picture department and I really think this will help us! thanks!

  2. Emily 08/31/2011 at 8:44 am #

    Great idea! I LOVE it! Great pictures too!

  3. Krystal 08/31/2011 at 7:59 pm #

    Wow! Brilliant! I wish I’d read this post 5 years and 6 moves ago…Next time…

  4. Brooke Hill 08/31/2011 at 9:07 pm #

    Cali I just have to say that I LOVE the pics! Your family is so stinkin CUTE!

  5. Lindsey Smith 09/02/2011 at 12:58 pm #

    This is such a great idea. Thanks for sharing. Your collage looks awesome!

  6. thismomblog.com 09/02/2011 at 1:02 pm #

    You could even store the pattern you made (folded in half) inside the fame. This way you don’t loose your pattern pieces when you move or want to move the frames.

  7. Anonymous 10/20/2011 at 2:46 pm #

    I love this 🙂 just wondering what sizes all the pics are ?

  8. Hannah 10/29/2011 at 4:20 pm #

    I’m so glad you posted this (well re-posted the link more recently). I’ve been wanting to do something like this in our stairway and this is a huge help for getting a non-traditional collage feel!

  9. Anonymous 10/30/2011 at 8:40 am #

    What a great idea and you made it so easy!

  10. Stacy@{share and remember} 12/30/2011 at 8:38 am #

    Beautiful arrangement!

  11. Korey L 01/05/2012 at 12:49 pm #

    OMG! PERFECT! So easy why didn’t I every think of that? I think the hard part is knowing where to put the nails. THANK YOU so much! Now maybe I will get my pics back on the walls!

  12. Anonymous 01/24/2012 at 6:24 pm #

    This is the best “how to hang pictures” guide I’ve seen. I’ve seen the idea of tracing the outline of pictures on paper, but never how to mark where the hanger is. Thank you!

  13. An Irish Italian Blessing 04/10/2012 at 9:02 am #

    Seriously, this is genius. Thank you!

  14. Anonymous 07/19/2012 at 7:07 pm #

    Really great! I have the most trouble doing this and I think this is going to help greatly. Thank you so much.

  15. Krystle B 07/24/2012 at 1:27 pm #

    Where did you get the frames?

  16. Anonymous 10/21/2012 at 6:45 am #

    What sizes are your frames? I’d like to do this on my wall at home 🙂

  17. Change of Art 01/26/2013 at 5:45 pm #

    Or… You could use frames that come with their own template (and that let you change them out as often as you like). They’re new, eco-friendly, and 100% made in the USA. I hope you’ll check them out.

  18. Anonymous 03/23/2013 at 12:53 am #

    My-oh-my! I love what you did!

  19. Kellie 04/04/2013 at 7:01 pm #

    I love this arrangement!! And the hanging idea is genius!! Thanks!

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