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.
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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.
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!
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.
#1. Apply Glue
First, apply the glue to a sawtooth hanger from the picture hanging kit. Then, press the hardware onto the frame.
#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.
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.
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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- Measuring Tape or Ruler
- First, place the plastic or metal frame face down.
- Next, use a ruler or measuring tape to find the center point along the top of the frame.
- Mark the center point with a pencil.
- Apply glue to the sawtooth hanger at the points where the nails would typically be inserted.
- Place the sawtooth hanger centered on the pencil line.
- Let sit to dry before hanging, at least 24 hours.
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