How to Hang Pictures Without Frames : Six Creative Ideas for Your Most Boring Walls

by on Friday, March 19th, 2010

Clever girl that you are, I know that you’re always trying to improve your living area(s) by shaping them down into very unique spaces that speak of you even when you aren’t in the room. And if you were asking yourself if there are ways to hang pictures without frames, then I have the answer. Well, I have six answers! Because I’ve just painted my walls (color: green), I’m very gun shy about wanting to put even a single nail hole anywhere. That’s how I got inspired to write this post – so maybe good things CAN come from being a scardy cat, eh?

But I truly do think I’ve come up with some unique ideas that you guys will appreciate. When you don’t use frames, you can easily change the art on your walls. Which is perfect because when I buy cute calendars I always feel so guilty just throwing them out at the end of the year. (Especially if they are from Paper Source, those are CUTE calendars, man!) I like to hang up the pictures, but they look so lonely just taped up on a door. How unproffesh! So here are some fresh, fun, fiesty ideas.

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ways to hang pictures

Mini Hanger in a brown antique vintage finish

4 Colored Wood Hangers

4 Colored Wood Hangers

Laundry Room Keystone Wringer Vintage Laundry Sign

Laundry Room Keystone Wringer Vintage Laundry Sign

Use Decorative Hangers

By using hangers and clothespins (or hangers with clips), you can hang pictures in a fun way. Of course, I don’t recommend your typical, everyday hangers. You can find smaller, vintage style hangers for sale. Modern, wooden kids hangers are another great choice. And if you want to go an extra mile – you could spray paint the hangers in a bright color like robins egg blue.  Plus, you can decorate them with a ribbon tied at the top. Create the look with: Vintage Inspired Mini Picture Hanger, 4 Colored Wood Hangers,  Loop a picture over the hanger like in this Laundry Sign, Not shown: Get five small wooden hangers for under $10.00,Wire hangers with hearts for $2.39 each.

Dinoz World Globe

Dinoz World Globe

Upcycle a Globe

Dont’ feel confused – uncycle is just the new term for recyle. It’s silly maybe, but I like the word. Now, finding an old globe isn’t terribly hard, just check ebay or craigslist. Then, break out the modge podge! Decoupage pictures and artwork to cover the entire globe, and you’ll have a special personalized piece of art for your home. I recommend using tissue paper as well, so you can cover the areas you don’t have a picture for. Stick to just one color of tissue paper so it doesn’t look messy. Create the look with: Globe of the world, Not familiar with how to use modge podge?

Frame Decals

Frame Decals

Vinyl Wall Sticker Decal - Vintage Photo Frames

Vinyl Wall Sticker Decal - Vintage Photo Frames

Shabby Chic Frame Collection- Vinyl Wall Art Decal Home Decor Stickers Graphic Design

Shabby Chic Frame Collection- Vinyl Wall Art Decal Home Decor Stickers Graphic Design

Vinyl Wall Decals in Frame Shapes

These are frames, but only kinda. They’re basically like holograms! You can take them off, reposition them, yadda. That makes them perfect for apartment and dorm dwellers. Vinyl wall decals are a great cheap decorating idea for apartments and dorms. Create the look with: I love the frame decals by Graphique which I actually reviewed on the blog earlier this year, Vintage Style frame decals, Frame Collection.

Modern Contemporary Home Office 3 Panel Dark Cherry Oriental Shoji Screen / Room Divider

Modern Contemporary Home Office 3 Panel Dark Cherry Oriental Shoji Screen / Room Divider

Wooden Shutter Screen 3 Panel - Rosewood

Wooden Shutter Screen 3 Panel - Rosewood

Arts and Crafts Screen - Walnut

Arts and Crafts Screen - Walnut

Triple-Panel Photo Screen - Black

Triple-Panel Photo Screen - Black

Wooden Screens can Save You

Invest in a wooden screen and you’ll use it for life – no matter where you move. Screens come in handy when you want privacy for any reason, or if you want to have some way of dividing a room but don’t have the power (or available funds) to build a wall. It depends on the style of your frame, but it’s not too hard to attach or nestle pictures against the screen. I’ve even seen people put them behind their beds as headboards. Create the look with: Modern screen $89, Wooden Rosewood screen $129, Walnut screen $119, Photo screen $139.

Wrought Iron Bird Cage

Wrought Iron Bird Cage

Decorative Wooden Bird Cage

Decorative Wooden Bird Cage

Gazebo Decorative Birdcage

Gazebo Decorative Birdcage

Victorian bird cage

Victorian bird cage

Consider a Birdcage

Whether you hang a bird cage or put it on a shelf – there’s no doubt that these are popular decorating tools. But they often look kind of empty as they are…why not anchor a photo or piece of art inside? Yes, the picture does probably need to be inside a frame of its own, but then you just need to tilt it inside the bird cage and it’s framed by the cage itself. The larger the frame and picture, the better. If your birdcage is very big, you could consider using two different picture frames in varying  heights inside. It would be very neat to see a shelf of different birdcages with photos in them. It’s not always easy to find cheap decorative bird cages, but look around and you will find some. Create the look with: Wrought iron decorative cage $24, Decorative wooden bird cage $14, Gazebo decorative birdcage $28, Victorian birdcages $39+.

 Square Wood Framed Chalkboard

Square Wood Framed Chalkboard

French Country Provincial Aged Cast Iron Scroll Topped Slate

French Country Provincial Aged Cast Iron Scroll Topped Slate

Dooley Wood Framed Chalkboard

Dooley Wood Framed Chalkboard

Back to the Blackboards

Hang a blackboard up somewhere, and then affix pictures. Make them look better by using tiny picture corners that you can find at craft stores in the scrapbooking section, and then write captions under them in chalk. Voila, instant creative cuteness. I suggest using a framed chalkboard rather than a cheaper, unframed kind. If you use a magnetic chalk board, use cute magnets! Etsy.com sellers have great ones, or break out the modge podge again and make your own. Create the look with: Wooden chalk board $29, French Country slate $39, Dooley wood frame $9.

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11 Responses to “How to Hang Pictures Without Frames : Six Creative Ideas for Your Most Boring Walls”

  1. brooklynshoebabe Says:

    I love that hanger idea. I might start doing that to hang pictures or posters in my daughters' room. I've also been wanting that picture frame screen for 12 years! One day I'm going to get off my butt and get it.

  2. alisam2U Says:

    Yes this girl 'rocks' just got an idea for using my Cricut machine go forth and spread the word girl! @alisam2u

  3. cheryl4christ Says:

    I love the wall decal frames. Those are so cool. I have the most perfect spot right about my computer to place a family photo in one of those decals. This is the neatest thing I have seen in a long time. Thanks for the post. I am going to tweet this if you don't mind.

  4. Jessica Rae Says:

    Heh! We should all try to do something crafty, it just takes a bit of effort. *Lays around* Hehe. Cheryl – please do tweet any links you like. I don't think anyone from any blog/site ever minds. :) I will try to do more pieces like this.

  5. Jane Moody Says:

    I think i want the wrought iron birdcage :) Really interesting and creative ideas how to add some life to your walls. I know its a hassle for me bringing mine to life, especially the way I want it, but I love new ideas. I think my living room is about to get an upgrade. Thanks for sharing ! – Jane

  6. Beth Says:

    Yep, think I’m partial to the cage as well. Not sure vinyl stickies would stay on the wall. Great ideas!

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  8. Shelly Says:

    Actually they do stay on very well I’ve even used them in my bathroom. Plus they are easy to remove and change.

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