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Hanging a Picture Without Nails Fast and Easy

I used to hate hanging pictures. The idea of putting holes in the wall of my house didn’t sit well with me. But, eventually, things would get moved, and you would have to putty the hole, and then I discovered these amazing velcro strips, and they have been a game-changer. This article will show you how to hang a picture without nails quickly and easily with picture hanging strips. Allowing you damage-free decorating at its finest!

Hanging a Picture Without Nails

How to hang pictures without using nails

Materials Needed

First, you will need a pack of these Velcro Command Strips. You will need a different strip size depending on your picture’s weight. There are 3 sizes you can buy to hang pictures.

Small adhesive picture hanging strips

Command Poster Hanging Strips, Small, White, Indoor Use, 64-Strips, Decorate Damage-Free

These small picture hanging strips are for 4 lbs nice for hanging pictures that are light.

Medium adhesive picture hanging strips

Command Picture Hanging Strips, Medium, White, Holds up to 12 lbs., 16-Pairs (32-Strips), Easy to Open Packaging

These small velcro command strips are for 12 lbs and are perfect for medium-sized picture frames.

Large/ Heavy duty adhesive picture hanging strips

Command Large Picture Hanging Strips, White, Holds up to 16 lbs, 14-Pairs, Easy to Open Packaging

These small velcro strips are for 16 lbs great for hanging heavy pictures.

All of these picture hanging strips you can get with your Amazon Prime 2-day shipping. 

Combo Pack (best value)

3M Command Damage-Free Hanging Mega pack 16 L Pairs & 12 M Pairs, Holds 16 lb 7.2 kg & 12lb, 5.4kg

Other Materials

You will also need a few other things to make the job easier.


Hold up your photo and decide where you want it. We like to measure and place it in between, then mark the wall with our pencil so we know where to put it when it’s time to install it. Then, we mark the top two corners of the wall art and come back to erase them later.

Hanging a picture without using velcro strips


Step 1: Clean the surfaces 

After you know the weight of the frame and picture, wipe the back of the frame with a clean cloth and give the wall where the picture is going to be and wipe it. Then make sure it dries. 


Step 2: Remove things from the back.

Once it is dried, you will want to remove any bumps from the back of the frame so the portrait can stay flat against the wall when you put it up. 


Step 3: Apply the strips to the back

Peel off the plastic back of the velcro strip and press firmly slightly below the corners of the frame. Do this four times to make sure the frame will sit flat. 


Step 4: Put the second strip on the first strip.

Attach the other side of the velcro strip to the strip you have put onto the back of the frame. You can also do this with step 3 if you find it easier. This frame had an edge on it, so I wanted to ensure it could fit the strip once applied.

Do this for each velcro strip you installed in step 3.

frame with velcro commang strips on back

Step 5: Removing Backing

Peel off the backing of the velcro command strips that you attached to the frame. 

Step 6: Place the frame

Line up where you want the picture to be, press the frame against the wall, and hold for 30 seconds. 

Step 7: Remove the frame

Lift off the frame from the bottom of the wall and apply pressure to the velcro strips that are stuck to the wall to ensure that they are firmly pressed against the wall. 

Step 8: Re-apply the frame

Re-apply the fame against the wall using the marks you made earlier and your level to see that it is straight. Because of the velcro, it’s a lot easier to make slight adjustments to get the frame perfectly level. Press for 30 seconds.

Step 9: Clean up

Erase any pencil marks on the wall, and clean up and garbage. 

You’re done!


Will hanging a picture with velcro damage my walls?

The packaging says that the strips will come off the wall without doing damage. This has been the case for us in all but one instance.

That one time was on an outside wall, and it could have been due to the extreme temperatures we have here throughout the year or that the picture had been hung for several years. There is a specific way to remove these strips, and if you don’t follow them, there could be some damage to the wall. 


Final thoughts on hanging a photo without nails

This is a pretty easy thing to do; all said, hanging this photo took us less than 5 minutes and only cost a few dollars for the strips. If you are testing out pictures in different places, or just don’t want to put holes in your walls, then I recommend these velcro strips. They are very versatile and useful.


Click here to buy them on Amazon. 


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