Hanging art without a frame (but staying away from thumb tacks and scotch tape) #Do It Yourself#art#no damage decor#walls April 1 | Cat Rocketship Frames are all well and good, but aren't always an option. Sometimes it's because of an oddly-sized print, sometimes frames just cost too damn much. How do you hang a print when you can't find a suitable frame? Binder clips or clothespins and string Photo by ereyui. Posted in the Offbeat Home Flickr Group. A few Homies posted their clippy solution in our Flickr group, and when paired with the right surroundings, this technique works beautifully. This looks like a textural oil painting — a fantastic juxtaposition against shiny office clips. Mount it Chris Roberts' Batman print is shellacked to a plywood board. If the art is thin enough, it can be mounted. There are lots of options, depending on how permanent a solution is desired. Starting with a piece of plywood from a lumberyard (birch ply is nice, and about $8 for 24"x24") or a blank canvas from Plywerk (or cardboard or acrylic or masonite), you can adhere the print using spray adhesive, double-sided tape or photo corners. Shelve it Just liked Dale did in her mantle makeover, you can lean art against the wall on a shelf or mantle. What else you got? When frames failed you, what was your solution? Join our community! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Cat Rocketship I was the Managing Editor of Offbeat Home for a year and a half. I have a rich Internet life and also a pretty good real life. Hobbies include D&D, Twitter, and working on making our household more self-reliant. I also draw things. PREVIOUS Keeping our Offbeatlings upbeat in the face of gender judgement NEXT Offbeat night-lights for kidlets Show/Hide comments [ 28 ] great ideas! i used binder clips, hung on binder rings, hung off a curtain rod….it was great to show off my son's prolific art work! 1 agrees Reply Caution! If the artwork is worth anything, do not use spray adhesive. It is not archival and will damage paper in the long run. If you plan to mount original artwork, vintage maps, etc, opt for another non-chemical option. 5 agree Reply Good note. It does sort of depend on your definition of archival — reverse-able? No. But 3M Spray Adhesive won't damage paper or cause discoloration. BUT. There are better options — stuff like adhesive films. Reply I never thought about using binder clips! Doh! I've been an artist for how long, and it never occurred for me to try that in my home! I have a totally bitchin' print by Chris Sanders that has been aching to be seen. Now I can display it! Other ideas for hanging art that isn't framed is to use L shaped nails. We used them in my senior exhibition. We also bought plexi glass sheets, cut to the size of the art (most pieces were really flat or on illustration board) and then we would hang them up. The plexiglass was for protection, and it really is inexpensive for a huge sheet if you have a number of pieces you want to protect and display. The nails look like this – http://www.euro-machinerycentral.com/images/zhiti/nails/18.jpg And here's how it looks displayed… sorry the photo is kinda dark. The three pieces on the right not in shadow boxes are the ones displayed with plexiglass and L nails. – http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-dulum3Q4xqE/TZYRK1DffWI/AAAAAAAAAF8/A6hXMHqMh4M/s1600/25752_1338101386503_1650192537_803357_3253855_n.jpg 1 agrees Reply A reminder that you CAN NOT clean plexi with any sort of cleaning products but plastic cleaning products and you need to use a special cloth as not to scratch it. It also attracts dust like crazy. 1 agrees Reply Yea, it does attract dust. What exactly is a plastic cleaning product? I always used whatever was lying around. 1 agrees Reply http://www.rplastics.com/plexcare.html There ya go! Lots of info there! Reply I use glass cleaner and paper towels and haven't had any problems with scratching or dulling. Reply Then you've been very, very lucky. Plexi is a notorious pain in the ass to not scratch: http://www.housekeepingchannel.com/hcp_159-Plexiglass Reply I use these little babies: http://www.dickblick.com/products/magnart-display-system/ And they are AMAZING. Reply That's pretty amazing. I imagine that if you are going for large scale, you could do magnetic paint and fridge magnets, too. Reply I liked the recent home tour that had in the hallway, two wires running top and bottom and several peices attached to the wires in a row. I think it was their brothers art? That looked like a really clever way to hang paper art. 1 agrees Reply like binder clips, bulldog clips are a nice option. and, in the category of mounting things, i reused the parquet squares that peeled up from our entryway as mounting material for a series of small photos. Reply I really like to use the photo corners on plywood or even just poster board. We also have a surplus of art and no place to hang it and keep a scrap book on our coffee table that we just slide the art into. Its getting a little full so soon we will either need to rotate or get another one but everyone who comes over loves looking through it! 1 agrees Reply You can use yardsticks in a similar manner as the string for a lot of projects. Here's one take: http://www.ohdeedoh.com/ohdeedoh/how-to/how-to-yardstick-shelves-099258 1 agrees Reply Anyone have some idea for how to hang stuff at a college setting? Most colleges don't let you use nails and I doubt some of the sticky, non-paint removing tape will be able to hold up most of my stuff. I have canvases, framed posters and photos, as well as regular posters I need to be able to display on walls effectively without damaging them… Any suggestions? Reply 3M has some great removable adhesive hooks & sawtooths like this: http://www.3m.com/product/information/Sawtooth-Picture-Hanger-Command-Adhesive.html Just be sure your piece is in the proper weight range. 2 agree Reply I'm going to be a bit square and say framing has never really failed me. If you do want to frame something but save some money – look in your area for DIY framing. The designers help you choose the framing and matting and then teach you to put it together – you can save A LOT of money doing it this way and they help you do it properly. Also stay away from big box stores like Michaels, Hobby Lobby, etc – they can offer huge 60% off coupons because they jack the prices up so much to begin with. If you are an art collector, avid photographer, etc there is nothing more important than finding a good framer you can establish a relationship with. That being said, there are many books out there that can teach you how to frame and the equipment itself isn't all that expensive. I LOVE framing my own artwork. Reply If you want to temporarily mount something command strips are your friend. My girlfriend brought home 2 irregularly sized prints from Vietnam and while our future goal is to frame them, we are BROKE, and wanted to enjoy them now. I mounted them on black foam board using 3M command strip refills. It stuck great (they were really rolled and are painted on a sort of thin cardboard and it still held them) and when some money rolls in they can harmlessly be removed and sent to the framers. The key is keeping most of the strips close to the edge so there's no rolling. 1 agrees Reply I'm a fabric and sewing junkie so i've incorporated what my life is filled with to hang pictures…fabric and pins! hang up fabric on the wall and then pin posters and pictures to it. 2 agree Reply We have a lot of sheets of chiyogami paper and batiks and calicos from around the world…and cement walls (it's an Asian apartment). Hanging frames is impossible, and anyway putting batiks under glass ruins part of their allure, which is their cloth texture. I don't care for the binder clips, to be honest, but even if I did they wouldn't stay on our wall. At the moment we just use rolled-up packing tape behind the batiks so it doesn't show, but 3M has this awesome mounting glue that you smear on a wall, stick whatever you want over it and it stays (they tell you how much to use related to object weight). When you want to take it down, you pull off the object and grab the glue smear at the bottom and tug – it just pulls off. Whenever I stop being lazy we're going to start using that. 1 agrees Reply This website is one I drop into pretty regularly and it has this fabric framing idea that looks fun and funky and apparently suitable for renters as it can be removed without damaging the wall. http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/2011/01/diy-fabric-wall-decals.html Reply Right, but i have 7 small pieces of art that is mounted and now i want it on the wall. It's super light-weight since the backing is foam-type tiles but this doesn't solve my problem of how to hang it. I thought about 'craft dots' but don't want to ruin my newly painted walls, nails would ruin the art, I imagine binder clips would also have to be stuck on in a manner that'd mark the wall unless I'm missing something obvious. My last resort in my head is getting a magnetic board, painting it to match the walls and sticking magnets to the back of each piece? I suppose then the can be rearranged. Reply According to a poster above, they make magnetic paint. So you could skip a step. Reply Ah I missed that. Magnetic boards in the colour I want were coming up over £65 and painting a white ikea one seemed to be an option. I'll definitely look more into the magnetic paint though 🙂 Reply For temporary stuff, I agree w/ Command Strips. I have two 3 ft by 3 ft by 3 ft "posters" so to speak that I stuck up using two different strengths of mounting tape. To protect the pictures from tearing when taking down, I put clear packing tape on first then the mounting tape. They have been up for a year. 🙂 Reply brick city love had a great post about a year ago on how to float a canvas, found here: http://brickcitylove.com/2010/02/09/how-to-float-a-painting/ Reply The community center uses pictures wires. It's a wire along the ceiling and when the want to hang something the hook another wire to it that then attaches to the art (clip, hook, hoop, whatever to hold up the pieces). It works for displaying various size art pieces for various shows. It also doesn't mess up the wall (aside from where the top wire is mounted). It's similar to old fashion picture rails. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Participate in this conversation via emailGet only replies to your comment, the best of the rest, as well as a daily recap of all comments on this post. No more than a few emails daily, which you can reply to/unsubscribe from directly from your inbox. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.