This weekend, I finally got around to hanging some frames in my entry. Since I was hanging a grouping of them, I decided I’d try out the method of hanging frames using paper templates. I’ve shied away from using this system before because I don’t like wasting paper. As these frames were small, I felt I could just use scratch paper without feeling an immense amount of guilt. Let’s get started.
Step 1. I started with laying out the frames on the floor to see how I wanted to hang them.
Step 2. Then I traced the frames onto some scratch paper and cut out the paper.
Step 2a. For larger frames that exceeded the size of a standard 8.5″ x 11″ paper, I taped several sheets together.
Step 3. Before transferring the templates to the wall, I located the hangers on the back of the picture frames and punched out the necessary holes where the picture hooks would go.
Step 4. Using painter’s tape, I hung the paper templates on the wall in the same layout I had planned on the floor. The upside of using this system is that I could fudge the locations as I needed without putting a bunch of holes in the wall. You can see how I already adjusted the orientation of one of the frames from Step 1.
Step 5. When I felt all the templates were placed accurately, I drilled the screws into the templates. After the screw went in, I tore down the paper from the wall and hung up the frame.
I kind of liked this method of hanging frames. It certainly saved me a bunch of headache in getting all the frames to line up properly and evenly. I don’t think I would necessarily do this with larger frames because of the whole paper wasting thing, but maybe I will. Who knows!