How to Hang A Picture on the Wall

Learn how to hang a picture on the wall the quick and easy way with this simple tip.

I watched a hilarious clip of Ellen showing “life hacks” the other day. Do you know what life hacks are? In her words, they are “tips or tricks to make your life easier”.

Well, ladies, do I ever have a life hack for you today.

It’s gonna knock your socks off!:)

how to hang a picture on a wall

The idea of this life hack came from something I saw on Pinterest (of course). However, it involved some sort of thin wood that I never had. So, I came up with my own version.

For those of you who are terrified to hang a picture on the wall for fear of putting a hole in the wrong place, this is for you!

How to Hang Pictures on the Wall

{the easiest way EVER!}

supplies needed ps

Supplies Needed to Hang a Picture or Painting on the Wall

  • a picture with a saw-tooth hanger;
  • a thumbtack
  • a strip of thick paper like cardstock or cereal box cardboard
  • a small nail
  • a hammer
How to hang pictures on the wall: Are you paralyzed from hanging pictures on the wall for fear you'll put a nail in the wrong place? If so, this life hack will rock your socks off! Learn how to quickly and simply hang pictures in exactly the place you want using simple tools around the house. Click to read the easiest method ever!

The Simple Step by Step Process for Hanging Pictures

1. Insert the thumbtack near the end of the strip of thick paper.

a frame with sawtooth hanger with a strip of paper with a thumbtack in it where the nail will need to go (how to hang a picture on the wall)

2.Slip the paper under the saw-tooth hanger.

Close up of the thumbtack and paper under the sawtooth hanger (how to hang a picture on the wall)

3.Position the thumbtack in the center of the saw-tooth hanger.

Woman holding up frame to figure out placement on wall.  (how to hang a picture on the wall)

4. Holding the paper strip firmly around the front, position the picture where you’d like it to hang on the wall.

Woman pressing frame against the wall to mark where to hammer in the nail. (how to hang a picture on the wall)

5. Once in position, push the picture firmly against the wall.

Tiny hole in the wall marking where the nail should go (how to hang a picture on the wall)

The thumbtack will leave a tiny hole to mark exactly where the nail should go!how to hang a picture on the wall

6. Hammer the nail into the hole left by the thumbtack.

hanging a frame on the wall

7. Hang the picture on the nail.

how to hang a picture on the wall

8. Stand back and congratulate yourself. You did it!:)

More tips on how to hang pictures on drywall: 

how to hang pictures on the wall

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Original publish date July 6, 2016. Updated with additional information since then.

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  1. Love it! Pinned it too 🙂
    Loved your video chat today – nice to hear your voice. I too would like white dishes…some day!

  2. I live in an old home built in 1939. Sometimes even with a tape measure things don’t always look strait on the wall. This is the best idea I have ever seen!

  3. I have a bunch of pictures that I am going to make a picture wall with and this tip will make it so much easier. Now I just have to figure out how to place them on the wall so that it doesn’t look like a jumbled mess. I think you have a post on how to do that as well , if I remember correctly.
    Thanks for the helpful tips.

  4. Awesome TIP, plan on passing this to my sister. By the way, Love that two seat bike picture. Where did you get this or did you make this. Please do tell!!

  5. I have one of those handy hanging tools similar to this idea however it can only be used if your picture has wire on the back, so THIS Is the BEST idea for the saw tooth hanging décor ever! Thanks for sharing!
    Diane -Wildwood MO

  6. Oh my goodness!!!! Thank you thank you for posting this. It’s exactly what I needed to get me motivated decorating our walls in our new house. God Bless

  7. What a great tip! I will definitely be using this method to hang pictures because it is will save my walls from multiple nail holes in the wrong place!

  8. Thank you for sharing this step-by-step guide! I plan on doing this with a canvas print. Do you think this will work? I’m afraid it might damage the canvas.

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