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How to Attach a Hanger to a Plastic Frame

Want to Attach a picture hanger to a metal or plastic frame? Learn this simple and easy tip for how to attach a hanger to a plastic frame today!

I’ve been making some progress in our dining room that I hope to share in the next week or so. In the meantime, I wanted to share a quick, simple tip for how to attach a hanger to a plastic frame. Necessity is the mother of invention, so they say – and this trick solved a problem in our dining room.

how to attach hangers to plastic frames

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How to Attach a Hanger to a Plastic or Metal Frame

A while back I picked up two small gold frames at a yard sale. At the time, I didn’t pay any attention to the hanging hardware on the back of the frame. As it turns out, there was not any hardware and it was actually a plastic frame. Normally, with a wood frame, I’d just hammer in some new hardware.

How to attach a hanger to a plastic or metal frame
Initially, I tried this mounting tape, which works great for some applications. I’ve used it many times for temporary things like hanging garland or a poster for parties. However — whether due to the weight of the frame, the material of the frame or maybe even the finish on the wall — it was not working for this application. Within a few days, the frame fell off the wall… luckily the glass didn’t break!

picture frames, glue, and picture hangers being used to attach a hanger to a plastic frame

That is when it occurred to me that I should try a product which I’ve used many times before, called E-6000. It’s a heavy-duty glue that works on many different materials. (such as ceramics, metal, and clay)

How to Add a Hanger to a Plastic Frame

If you’d like to download and print these instructions (with links to the supplies, included), click here to jump to the instruction card.

Supplies Needed:

Instructions:

#1. Apply Glue

First, apply the glue to a sawtooth hanger from the picture hanging kit. Then, press the hardware onto the frame.

adding glue to a picture hanger

#2. Let the Glue Dry

Once in place, allow the glue plenty of time to dry. I let these plastic frames dry 24 hours before hanging.

 a Hanger Attached to a Plastic Frame

The Easy Way to Attach a Hanger to a Plastic Frame

Two steps. That’s it! Talk about a painless project!

I’m pleased with this easy solution and am glad to have it for other items we may want to display on our walls. For example, a souvenir or memento that isn’t “made for hanging” such as a metal bin shadow box

FAQs

Q: How do you hang a plastic picture frame?
A: Purchase a hanging kit which includes sawtooth hangers. Instead of attaching the sawtooth hanger with nails, use a heavy-duty glue designed for plastic and metal such as E-6000.

Q: How do you use a sawtooth hanger without a nail?
A: Apply a heavy-duty glue designed for metal at the points in which the nails are typically inserted through the sawtooth hanger. Let the glue dry for at least 24 hours before hanging.

Q: How do you hang a metal picture frame?
A: Purchase a hanging kit which includes sawtooth hangers. Instead of attaching the sawtooth hanger with nails, use a heavy-duty glue designed for metal such as E-6000.

Q: Where do you put a sawtooth hanger?
A: When the frame is face down, the sawtooth hanger should be aligned at the center point along the top of the frame. 

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How to attach hangers to plastic frames

How to Attach a Hanger to a Plastic Frame

How to Attach a Hanger to a Plastic Frame

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Want to Attach a picture hanger to a metal or plastic frame? Learn this simple and easy tip for how to attach a hanger to a plastic frame today!

Tools

  • Measuring Tape or Ruler
  • Pencil

Instructions

  1. First, place the plastic or metal frame face down.
  2. Next, use a ruler or measuring tape to find the center point along the top of the frame.
  3. Mark the center point with a pencil.
  4. Apply glue to the sawtooth hanger at the points where the nails would typically be inserted.
  5. Place the sawtooth hanger centered on the pencil line.
  6. Let sit to dry before hanging, at least 24 hours.
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ame

Wednesday 22nd of December 2021

Great to help on plastic frame

Lora Green

Thursday 23rd of December 2021

Glad it helped!!

Kathy

Friday 21st of August 2020

Would a sawtooth glued to back of thin piece of wood work as well and would it hold up outside? We have letters to be hung on our vinyl siding over the hot tub in the back. I do not want to put holes in the siding. I already have vinyl hooks for the siding but need to attach a sawtooth on each letter which is a very thin wood to attach to the vinyl hook. I was hoping to glue the sawtooth to the back of each letter and attach to vinyl siding hook. I am concerned it will not hold up in our cold winter. Thanks .

Lora Green

Monday 24th of August 2020

If there is a thin piece of wood, I'd probably use small nails paired with glue. Since it is outdoors, that would provide extra support. Hope that helps!

Julia

Tuesday 9th of June 2020

Hello! I have been looking all over for a solution to this problem. Will the glue/sawtooth hanger work with a frame that is 2.2 pounds? I received 4 expensive metal framed frames for my wedding but unable to hang them. Hoping this helps!

Lora Green

Tuesday 16th of June 2020

For 2.2 lbs, my guess would be yes. However, you may want to do several sawtooth hangers (for example: 1 on each end) to distribute the weight across them.

Craftivity Designs

Monday 9th of February 2015

You can get small hanging kits at any Lowes/Home Depot. I'm sure there are kits available at places like Wal-Mart and Target, as well. Here is an example on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/OOK-59204-Piece-Assorted-Picture/dp/B000CSI8IQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1423504577&sr=8-2&keywords=frame+hanging+kit

Denisa C

Monday 9th of February 2015

Good idea! Where did you buy the hardware?

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