My daughter loves to create. It doesn’t matter if its drawing, painting, or making something with play dough. I am always looking for creative ways to display her creations and help facilitate her confidence in the little artist she is. One way to do that is with this wooden picture hanger. I like how easy this makes it to switch out her creations.
- 4 – 11.5″ wood moulding pieces (I used pine screen moulding)
- Wood stain, if desired
- Brush for applying stain
- 2 – eye screws (I used #216-1/2 in)
- 3.5 feet of magnetic adhesive strip (purchased from Michael’s or any craft store)
- Craft glue
Step 1: Determine what width you would like for your frame and cut moulding to size. I cut mine 11.5 inches long to accommodate for the usual papers my daughter uses for her artwork. I bought pine screen moulding at Home Depot, which is almost 11 feet in length. Most home improvement stores should carry this. Lowes and Home Depot also have a miter box, measuring tape, and hand saw for your use, which is what I used. It also makes it much easier for transporting home!
You will need a total of 4 equal size pieces of moulding (two for the top and two for the bottom). The idea is that the two pieces will sandwich the picture between them using magnets.
Note: There are different types of moulding. I chose this one because it had a simple shape to it (see photo below). It is also helpful to use flat pieces of moulding so that there isn’t a gap between the two pieces holding the picture. Some pieces I saw had a lot of curve to them.
Step 2: Sand ends and any rough spots along wood.
Step 3: Apply stain (if using) to wood according to directions on container. For this I used Minwax Wood Finish in the color Puritan Pine.
Step 4: Screw the eyes into place on one piece of wood. I attached them on top of the back wood piece, approximately 1 inch from each end.
Step 5: Apply glue to the flat side of all 4 pieces of moulding and attach the magnetic strip. The magnetic strip I had one hand did have an adhesive back, but I added the glue to ensure the magnets stayed in place.
Step 6: Allow glue to dry completely. I used clothespins to hold the magnetic strip in place until the glue dried.
Step 7: Tie the ends of a piece of twine to the screw eyes using a double knot. The length of your twine will depend upon personal preference.
Step 8: Sandwich your picture of choice between the magnetic wood pieces, two on top and two on the bottom. They should easily stick together holding your picture in place.
Step 9: Hang on your wall and enjoy!