{TIP} Easiest way to hang a picture

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Hanging picture frames are always a chore at our house. ESPECIALLY if the frame has two holes. It always take me a couple tries to get the nails in the right spot. Has this happened to anyone? Well my friends… I think I have figured out the easiest way to hang a picture. It’s so simple, I’m wondering why I didn’t think of it sooner. Okay secretly my husband actually had the idea and after doing a quick google search, it looks like several other people had the same idea. I thought I’d share it with you in case you haven’t seen this tip. #Genius. Give it a try… you’ll thank me later!

** Reader tip: I put the tape on my level, then mark the holes on it..then on the wall. That way I can make sure it’s level before I drill =)

P.S. Those are not my hairy arms! I was the photographer. ;)

Now try it…go hang a picture or two!

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Jamielyn Nye

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  1. Eva Scott posted on August 14, 2012 at 5:28 pm (#
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    Thank you for this! I’m hoping to do a gallery wall so this will come in handy!

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  2. Terry Moore posted on August 14, 2012 at 6:57 pm (#
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    I have done this very thing many times and it works well only if the two hanger things are level. Trust me, I have purchased things at hobby lobby and they are not level. Next, as you said, always use a level when putting the tape on the wall to transfer the measurement.

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  3. marissa posted on August 14, 2012 at 9:49 pm (#
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    Jamielyn this is brilliant! I have such a hard time hanging things. THank you so so much!

    marissa
    rae gun ramblings

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  4. Jillian posted on August 14, 2012 at 10:41 pm (#
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    Wow – that is a total “why didn’t I ever think of that” moment. I will have to remember this! Thanks so much for sharing

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  5. Jessie posted on August 15, 2012 at 5:20 am (#
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    I hate hanging pictures too, so I wait until my mom comes over to help me! She got a really cool level for Christmas one year that has adjustable holes so you can make them the size you need them, make sure that they are level and then mark where you need to put your nail or screws. It is so cool! I think it is Black and Decker!

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  6. lisa posted on August 15, 2012 at 6:43 am (#
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    LOL.. MY daughter & I ‘invented’ this idea about a year ago :-)
    seems we ALL had that feeling…………gee WHY didn’t I think of that before !

    LOL

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  7. Mallory Nikolaus posted on August 15, 2012 at 7:35 am (#
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    I just did this yesterday to hang a dry erase calendar! It really is the best way!

    xoxo, Mallory

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  8. Bambino by the Bay posted on August 15, 2012 at 3:00 pm (#
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    AAAAH!! So that’s how it’s done. Enough with the guessing- no more lopsided shelves!!! Thanks!

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  9. Catherine posted on August 17, 2012 at 3:54 pm (#
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    Thanks for sharing this tip! Getting ready to put up some framed photos around the house and this will come in handy!

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  10. Lolly Jane posted on August 18, 2012 at 8:19 am (#
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    Bahahha! I figured those hairy arms belonged to Mr. Nye ;)
    Great tip, Jamielyn! I am guilty of drilling more than 2 holes for one frame! LOL

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  11. Baxter posted on September 7, 2012 at 9:34 pm (#
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    I’m confused as to why putting the tape between two holes is helpful. I don’t see how that would make it hang straight.

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    • P replied on May 12th, 2014 at 1:52 am

      by putting the tape between the two holes, and then putting that same piece of tape on the wall, you are marking where your nails should go (or the distance b/t the two nails, however you want to say it). This is just a shortcut, easier way rather than having to measure the picture & then marking the wall. This method will make it easier, but it won’t make it level. That’s why she mentioned using a level.

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  12. Michelle L posted on September 17, 2012 at 7:20 am (#
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    Yay! thanks, Jamielyn, this is so smart!

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  13. Nancy posted on October 6, 2012 at 9:33 am (#
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    This is going to work great. Drives me crazy to try to get wall hook & picture hook to line up.. Thank you.

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  14. Tiffany the Dietitian posted on November 2, 2012 at 8:14 pm (#
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    Genius! I will never hang a picture the same way again. Thank you!

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  15. Amy posted on November 7, 2012 at 6:44 am (#
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    Thank you so much for this tip! I actually am redoing my kitchen and have two pictures to hang with the two holes. Now I know the easy way to do this in one shot. Awesome!! Thank you!

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  16. Mark posted on December 5, 2012 at 12:19 pm (#
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    There’s actually an App for that!!
    We used a cool app recently for the iphone and ipad called “Hand-a-Pic”. Made it super easy to hang a series of pictures across the wall without having to figure out where the nails go to make things even. We used it a couple of times already, once for hanging pictures and the more recently to hang 4 plates on the wall. Walks you through through the steps and tells you exactly where every nail goes for evenly spaced pictures across the wall. Worked perfect and made it really easy! The app did all the calculating for us!

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  17. Debbie posted on December 30, 2012 at 1:51 pm (#
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    YES … why havn’t I seen this any where before. You don’t know … I make 2-3 holes in the wall before I ever get the picture perfectly straight. lol Thank youuu …

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  18. Robert Brantzeg posted on July 14, 2013 at 11:07 am (#
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    Great suggestion!

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  19. Maroonsista posted on August 14, 2013 at 12:58 am (#
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    I love it. Thank you. I have had more than enough holes in my wall from me thinking I nailed it in the right place only to end up with crooked photos. I’m adding this to Pinterest so I can refer back to it.

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    • Jamielyn replied on August 16th, 2013 at 2:12 pm

      That’s exactly how I was…too many holes in the wall! Glad this helps! :)

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  20. Mike Marks posted on September 3, 2013 at 1:22 pm (#
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    Hanging a picture can be such a daunting tasks. It is fun to see how people have figured out how to best tackle the “Honey Dew” list!

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    • Jamielyn replied on September 3rd, 2013 at 3:44 pm

      It definitely can be…finding tricks to make it easier makes it a little less daunting!

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  21. Claudia posted on October 28, 2013 at 12:51 pm (#
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    Awesome tip. To make this even easier, use Simply Hang it. They show the exact location of the nail in 3 secs. Yep!

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    • Jamielyn replied on October 31st, 2013 at 2:40 pm

      Thanks for the idea Claudia, I’ve heard Simple Hang It is great!! :)

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  22. Barty posted on March 6, 2014 at 11:07 pm (#
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    Gotta say – it looks like the example is hanging a toilet tank, rather than a picture frame or photo of any kind… it’s weird.

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  23. Jake posted on May 19, 2014 at 1:19 pm (#
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    Why not just use a ruler to measure the distance between the holes? Or better yet if you’re using a level too, use one with a ruled edge.

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  24. Sherrie posted on August 18, 2014 at 5:11 pm (#
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    You did not think of this idea. This has been cut and pasted thousands of time on the net. The least y could do was give credit to the last place y cut and pasted it from. 

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    • Jamielyn replied on August 18th, 2014 at 6:10 pm

      Hi Sherrie! My husband had thought of the idea as we were hanging pictures and then we googled it and a bunch of people had the same idea. I would definitely give credit if I knew who came up with it first, but everyone seems to have come up with the idea on their own first. :)

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