How to Hang Pictures Creatively From Your Ceiling

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How to Hang Pictures Creatively From Your Ceiling
Add interest to your ceiling by hanging pictures from it. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Hanging pictures from the ceiling lets you display some of your favourite pictures while not taking up valuable wall space and makes a creative focal point for your guests to see when they enter the room. Several methods exist which allow you to hang your pictures from the ceiling, including the use of invisible string, suspending an object such as a window or light fixture that features your pictures and using a clothesline to display your photos.

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Things you need

  • Pictures
  • Double-sided tape
  • Moulding
  • Hooks
  • Fishing line
  • Clothesline
  • Clothespins
  • Yarn
  • Window
  • Eye hooks
  • Tape measure
  • Chains
  • Light fixture

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    Tape pictures to the ceiling with double-sided tape. Make sure that they are straight. Attach thin strips of moulding around each picture to create your own frame. You can place pictures in a grid pattern or an asymmetrical grouping of your choice. Your finished look will consist of decorative trim around pictures, providing architectural detail as well as a creative manner of displaying your photos from the ceiling.

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    Screw two hooks into the ceiling. Place them close together for a small grouping of hanging pictures or further apart for a larger focal point. Use a strong, but invisible string to extend between the hooks. Fishing line or clear twine are good options. Tie a knot around one of the hooks. Add an invisible loop at the back of the photo and thread photos onto the string. You can also use the loops from the back of lightweight picture frames. Tie the end of the string in a double knot around the other hook. Your pictures will look like they are floating in the air.

  3. 3

    Screw two hooks into the ceiling. Extend a clothesline between the two hooks, tying the ends securely to the hooks. Hang snapshots and artwork to the clothesline with clothespins.

  4. 4

    Attach a colourful piece of string or yarn to the back of each picture so that the string is above the picture by a few inches. Use pieces of varying heights. Tape the yarn to the ceiling. Tape another piece a few inches away. Short pieces of yarn should be beside medium and long pieces so that the pictures are skewed.

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    Place pictures inside the panes of an old window and tape in place. Screw eye hooks into the four corners of the window. Measure the location of your eye hooks. Place four sturdy hooks, such as bike hooks, into studs in your ceiling an equal distance apart as the measurement for your eye hooks. Suspend chains from each sturdy hook. Open each eye hook to connect to a link in the chain. Add sheer fabric to the sides of the window if you prefer to make a canopy picture frame out of the window.

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    Install a light fixture that has a large shade to the ceiling. The shade should point down, like a drum shade. Tape pictures to the shade. Leave as-is or add ribbon between each picture for a more decorative effect.

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