Our Organized Picture Hanging Kit

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While I’m recovering from my surgery, I asked Donnie to pop in and share a few posts, including one about the organized picture hanging kit he put together for our house! (Have I mentioned that I am only the second most organized person around here? He’s the real organizer!)

This kit has been really handy to have around, and it saves us from having to locate everything we need each time we want to hang something on the walls. (Which happens more often than I’d like to admit! 😉 ) I’ll let him tell the rest…

Our Organized Picture Hanging Kit

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When Abby is feeling bored or anxious, her favorite thing to do is hang things on the wall and re-arrange things already on the wall. Somehow she’s convinced me that she’s incapable of using a tape measure, level, hammer, and other things necessary for hanging pictures so she always recruits my help. I’m ok with that. 🙂

I used to search around the garage or basement for little picture hanging hardware pieces and other things I needed for the particular job. Looking and not finding what you need is always way more frustrating than the hanging itself, which is actually kind of fun.

Not long ago I decided to make things easier on myself and cut down on wasted time by making my very own picture hanging kit. I looked around on Amazon for some pre-made kits, but they always had things missing that I use all the time. I decided to purchase all the parts separately and put together my own kit.

Here’s what I included in my kit…

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  1. Small part organizer (similar). A little container like this will fit all your various picture hanging parts and keep them all in one place. I have a number of these HDX cases from Home Depot, and I really like them. The price is great, and the latches are very secure, so you don’t have to worry about all of your little D-hooks and nails spilling out everywhere.
  2. Tape measure. Simple, but oh-so important!
  3. Nail-less sawtooth picture hangers. Abby has this habit of turning picture frames on their side. Usually I have to add a little sawtooth thingy to the side of the frame to make it work. These sawtooth hangers are nice because no nails are required to attach them to the frame.
  4. Zinc self-drilling drywall anchors. I use these all the time. They are incredibly sturdy and easy to remove (unlike the plastic ones) when they are no longer needed. The strength of these is unmatched. The only negative is that they put a big hole in the drywall. Nothing that can’t be patched! I keep a lot of these in stock because I use them other construction applications besides just hanging pictures and decorations on the wall. It’s my go-to drywall anchor method when a stud is not available.
  5. Padded brass hangers. When using a wire method to hang pictures, these hangers are great and can hold a lot of weight.
  6. D-Rings. This set includes 100 D-ring picture holders as well a the mounting screws. These are great for heavier pictures. For whatever reason some frames don’t have D-rings, and you have to add them yourself.
  7. Sawtooth picture hangers with screws. For more delicate operations that require a screw instead of pounding in the sawtooth with a hammer…
  8. Command Strips. These seem weird to me but Abby uses them all the time, so I included them in the kit.
  9. Vinyl coated wire. If I’m having a hard time getting a larger picture with two D-rings to hang level, I’ll connect the D-rings with some wire and hang the picture from the wire. Vinyl coated because… why not?
  10. Heavy duty drywall hanger support. I have yet to use one of these, but I know the day will come and I’ll be ready!
  11. Finishing nails. For lighter items, I use a simple nail that the sawtooth on the picture frame will sit on. This assortment has all the possible sizes I need.
  12. 24″ plastic level. This size seems to be perfect for creating level picture heights for gallery walls. I use a cheap poly level. You can make sure it’s true by testing the level on a surface and then flipping the level upside down to make sure you get the same reading.
  13. Laser level. This is kind of a luxury, but it sure is nice when you need a long, level line. I love my Bosch laser level.

There you have it, my custom picture hanging kit! The only things I didn’t list that I try to keep nearby is a little hammer and a pencil.

Spending a little time and money has saved me multiple hours already this year, and this kit is going to last me for a long time.

Not sure how to hang a gallery wall? Follow our easy method in this post:

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How to Create a Gallery Wall in 5 Easy Steps

You can also see my favorite storage solutions for organizing all of my tools here:

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Anything else that you like to use when hanging pictures? Let me know in the comments below.

Donnie Signoff

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3 Comments

  1. Amy @ The Quiet Homemaker says:

    Wow, what a wonderful idea! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Abby, I pray that all goes well with your recovery!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thanks so much, Amy! Have a little ways to go yet but feeling much better! <3

      ~Abby =)

      1. Amy @ The Quiet Homemaker says:

        I am so glad!! 🙂

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