If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen a pic of the new prints I got for the entryway.  Today I’m going to share my trick for hanging picture frames so they come out perfect every time!

How to hang picture frames perfectly every time!

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Oh these prints.  I heart them.  The faux barn board backgrounds, the faded farmhouse blues, and — of course — the mason jar full of wild flowers!  Love, love, love.  I ordered them from Jane.com and they’re by a seller called Home, James. They were super cheap — I paid 23 bucks for all 3 including shipping — and they’re a nice, frame-able 11 X 14. Since Jane.com is a daily deal site, these prints are no longer available, but they have prints from this seller often, so keep checking back! (Update: as of 8/2/16 the prints are back on Jane.com for two days only!)

I bought some inexpensive black frames from Walmart, in an 11 X 14 (with a mat) size.  They came with two hanging hooks on the back, which means they’ll hang straight (yay!) but are harder to hang (boo).

How to hang picture frames perfectly every time!

First I put my prints in the frames and decided which order I wanted to hang them in.  Then I flipped them over to measure the hooks on the back.

Are you ready for the secret?  Painter’s tape.  Yup, good ol’ trusty blue painter’s tape.  Here’s what I do:

First I put a piece of tape on the back of the frame, carefully covering both hooks evenly.  I also make it a little longer than the width of the frame at first, so there is some hanging off each side.

How to hanging picture frames perfectly every time!

Then I press it down over the hook — see how you can (sort of) see the outline of the triangle shaped hook under the tape?  — and mark a little dot where the nail will go.

How to hang picture frames perfectly every time!

Then I rip off the excess tape on each side so my tape is the same length as the width of my frame.  I’m not too concerned about a perfect straight edge, here, I just want to be able to see how wide the frame is.

How to hang picture frames perfectly every time!

I also mark which way is up with an arrow and a number to indicate which frame this is (obviously you won’t need a number if you’re only hanging one frame).

How to hang picture frames perfectly every time!

After I do all three, I take the tape off and go to the wall where I want my frames to hang.  Now I can place each piece of tape on the wall and space out the frames how I want.  Remember, the tape is the width of the frame, so keep that in mind when you’re arranging the tape on the wall.

How to hang picture frames perfectly every time!

I always use a mini level to make sure my nails will be level.  This is especially important when your frames have two hooks on the back.  The nice thing about painter’s tape, is you can easily stick it and unstick it without damaging your wall.

How to hang picture frames perfectly every time!

Once I have my tape arranged how I want, I use my hammer and nail to make a small hole where each dot on the tape is.  Then I pull off the tape and hammer in the nails, leaving a half inch or so out to hang the frames on.

How to hang picture frames perfectly every time!

Now I hang my frames and step back to admire my handiwork!

How to hang picture frames perfectly every time!

I love how the prints brighten up the space a little.  It’s always so dark in the entryway, because there is only one small window.  Pretty!

Now that you know the secret, go and hang your frames with confidence!

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How to hang picture frames perfectly every time!

 

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