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How to hang large pictures without frames

Hanging pictures on a wall is a way to display images of loved ones or art or create a focal point to add to the room's overall decor. Frames are generally accompanied by hardware built into their backing, which makes pictures easy to hang. Pictures that are not framed require alternative hanging methods. Larger pictures, because of the added weight, may require mounting for stability and to ensure that the picture remains undamaged when hung on the wall.

Measure the length and width of the picture.

Select a backing. Foam core is easy to work with and inexpensive. Other options include Plexiglas, mat board and plywood.

Cut the backing material to the length and width of the picture using a box cutter.

Attach the picture to the backing by securing frameless or bulldog clips to each corner.

Flip the mounted picture face down onto a flat surface.

Affix Swiss clips to each corner. Thread string through the Swiss clips and hang onto a nail in the wall. Velcro strips or heavy-duty, double-sided adhesive also works well for hanging lightweight prints.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Foam core
  • Box cutter
  • Frameless clips
  • Swiss clips
  • Picture wire
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Seana Gifford has been writing since 2001. She contributes to various websites and also works in the marketing department of a major national newspaper. Gifford holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island, as well as a bachelor's degree in elementary education.