how to maintain sanity when adding hooks to your picture frames

I’m always scouring clearance items with a keen eye for cute, low-priced picture frames so it really irks me when I pick up the cutest bright red frame only to flip it over and discover there’s no hook! Why anyone would make a picture frame that only sets on a side table and isn’t duly capable of hanging on the wall, I do not know. But it happens and it must be fixed!

You can buy these cute tiny nails and accompanying bracket hooks in any hardware store. The tiny nails are really only cute until you go to use them though – they’re soo small it’s impossible to hold them in place without smashing your fingers with the hammer!

My simple solution? Poster putty.

how to add hooks to your picture frames | by the Rachel Running Wild blog | rachelrunningwild.me

Simply roll a pea-sized amount of poster putty into a ball and set it over the hole where you want the nail to go. Then push your nail through the putty so that it can stand on it’s own over the hole. Using your hammer, gently pound the nail halfway into the wood. Once it’s able to stand freely, remove the putty.

how to add hooks to your picture frames | by the Rachel Running Wild blog | rachelrunningwild.me

Then it’s time to finish what ya started… and voila!

how to add hooks to your picture frames | by the Rachel Running Wild blog | rachelrunningwild.me

Although this is a technique I use for hanging picture frames, you’ve probably deduced from the anti-scratch felt pads that I am not actually hanging a picture frame in these pictures. Well you’re right. This is my problem solving showing it’s true colors.

You see, for Christmas Brandon bought me a sustainably-sourced and stained jewelry tree from Etsy (by Red Bark Designs). Keeping in mind that we have a plant-eating, earring-playing-with cat named Lila, putting a dangly earring-covered jewelry tree on my dresser was like granting her a dream come true. Um, yeah. That was a fun lesson to learn.

So here’s my solution…

how to add hooks to your picture frames | by the Rachel Running Wild blog | rachelrunningwild.me

Yup, this is my hippie version of hanging a prized deer head on the wall. I instead hang prized tree branches on the wall. BAM.

how to add hooks to your picture frames | by the Rachel Running Wild blog | rachelrunningwild.me

My Dad, who I have to bring up here because he’s the reason I have any handyman skills at all, has a go-to phrase he uses after showing off his handy work…

How do ya like them apples?!

how to add hooks to your picture frames | by the Rachel Running Wild blog | rachelrunningwild.me

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