Having artwork framed can be costly and makes it tricky to swap pictures out when you need a change. These magnetic picture hangers are an easy and affordable way to hang art without the hassle
How to make your own picture hanger in 6 simple steps
– Hand saw
– Sharp scissors
– 32mm half-round clear pine
– Magnetic tape
– Super glue
– Leather strap
– Paint (optional)
Measure the width of your artwork or poster. Measure and mark 4 pieces of half-round wood to this length. Double check that the marks match up exactly with the width of your artwork.
Use a hand saw (or drop saw if you have one) to cut through marks as neatly as you can. Give the ends a good sanding to smooth them off. Paint or stain the wood if you wish and leave to dry completely. Or leave as it is.
Cut 8 strips of magnetic tape, each about 1/8 the length of the wood. Take a piece of wood and stick 2 strips of magnetic tape onto the flat side, one at either end, using the tape’s own adhesive or a little super glue. Repeat for the other wood pieces.
Now to make your handle. The larger your artwork, the bigger the loop will need to be. You can test this with a piece of string first. When you’re sure of the length you want, measure and cut your leather strap.
Glue both ends of the leather to one piece of wood as shown in the picture (right). While the glue is drying, place a piece of baking paper over the glued ends and lay a heavy book on top so the leather dries flat.
Once the glue has dried completely, sandwich your artwork between 2 pieces of magnetised wood at top and bottom. It may take some adjusting at first to get it straight. The materials we purchased made five picture hangers with some left over. Hang and enjoy!
- Try different finishes on the wood; perhaps a stain or paint – we used black paint on two hangers.
- You could try alternative hanging materials such as rope, wire or just an adhesive strip on the back.
- To protect your print in the areas held between the magnets, place a small piece of tissue paper on either side.
Created by: Catherine Wilkinson and Martin Laidlaw. Photography by: Wendy Fenwick.