How to Hang Up African Masks

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How to Hang Up African Masks
Hanging a mask requires a proper hanging kit. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

African masks can be unique decorations for your home, and the masks can be displayed on a table or other surface or hung on a wall. While some masks come with a loop or other hardware for hanging on the wall, others do not. Hanging African masks is not significantly different from hanging a picture or painting that does not already have hardware included. You need to purchase a hanging kit from a crafts or framing store before you begin.

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Things you need

  • Hanging kit with hooks and wire
  • Drill
  • Wire cutters or scissors
  • Hammer

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  1. 1

    Locate two spots on the inside of the mask to attach the hooks. Make sure that the mask can still lay flat against the wall once the hooks are installed. Mark the spots with a pencil.

  2. 2

    Drill holes for the two hooks at the marked locations. Some hooks can be screwed in by hand without drilling.

  3. 3

    Screw the hooks into the holes until they are secure.

  4. 4

    Thread the wire through one hook and then through the second. Cut the wire with scissors or wire cutters, leaving extra wire at each end.

  5. 5

    Wrap the wire around the hooks at both ends and wrap the extra wire around itself many times to secure it in place. Leave some slack in the middle wire where it will hang.

  6. 6

    Hammer a nail into the wall and hang the wire of the mask on the nail. Slide the mask right and left to adjust it until it is level.

Tips and warnings

  • If you do not wish to drill holes in your mask, look for a hanging kit that uses adhesive for the hooks instead of screws.
  • If your mask is very heavy, make sure you purchase a hanging kit that can support its weight.

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