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How to hang canvas

Canvases can be difficult to hang because they have a simple wood frame and no included hanging method. There are actually several ways to hang a canvas from a wall, but not all hanging methods suit all kinds of canvases. Choose a hanging method that fits in with your lifestyle, the size of your canvas and where you want to hang the canvas. Do not use screw-in methods for metal or glass walls.

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  1. Place the canvas on the wall where you want it to go. Mark the placement of the canvas with a pencil.

  2. Hammer two nails into the wall on either end of the marked areas. Make sure to account for the lip of the canvas, which is typically one or two inches.

  3. Place the canvas on the nails. Use sticky tack, if necessary, to hold the canvas in place and prevent it from hanging crookedly.

  4. Screw two small "O" screws into either side of the wood frame about five inches down from the top of the canvas.

  5. String a piece of art wire back and forth across the two screw hooks about five times. Leave a small amount of slack, so that the wire can hang over a nail.

  6. Hammer a nail into the centre of the wall where you want to hang the canvas. Hook the wire on the canvas onto the nail.

  7. Measure the width of the canvas. Mark the desired placement of the canvas on the wall with a pencil.

  8. Stick the J hooks onto the wall with the adhesive backing. Make sure both hooks align perfectly, so that the canvas does not hang crooked on the wall.

  9. Hang the frame of the canvas on the hooks. Do not jostle the wall too much or else the canvas may fall off the hooks.

  10. Screw two picture hangers to the back of the canvas. Attach the hangers about three inches down from the top frame to the side frames to prevent the hanger from showing when you hang the canvas.

  11. Hammer two nails into the wall where you want to hang the canvas. Make sure the nails are even and in the correct spot.

  12. Hook the picture hangers over the nails and adjust the height of the nails, if necessary.

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Things You'll Need

  • Pencil
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Sticky tack
  • Art wire
  • Small "O" screws
  • Adhesive J hooks
  • Picture hangers
  • Small screws
  • Power screwdriver

About the Author

Brenda Priddy

Brenda Priddy has more than 10 years of crafting and design experience, as well as more than six years of professional writing experience. Her work appears in online publications such as Donna Rae at Home, Five Minutes for Going Green and Daily Mayo. Priddy also writes for Archstone Business Solutions and holds an Associate of Arts in English from McLennan Community College.

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