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How to hang pictures without nails

A step-by-step tutorial on how to hang pictures without nails using 3m Command Hanging Strips.

Do you want to create a photo wall or gallery wall without damaging your walls? I have the perfect solution and its using 3M Command Hanging Strips. Use this tutorial on how to hang pictures without nails to help you create the gallery wall you have always wanted.

hanging pictures without nails

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  • level
  • scissors

Find the list of tools we use.


The first step is gathering all the frames or other artwork you want to use.

TIP: It helps to have a theme, mine is travel!

You may not use every item and may decide on something else. But note the items that are must-haves and other pieces will be fillers. Also, texture and different shapes can be your friend when creating a gallery wall.

SIDE NOTE: You can always paint a picture frame, see this post on how easy it is to spray paint picture frames.


Now that you have the supplies its time to figure out how to arrange your artwork. The easiest way I have found is to lay your artwork on the floor and rearrange there.

Move pieces around, add, or take away until you are happy with a layout. But then WALK AWAY, maybe take a picture first just in case something gets moved. The reason I tell you to walk away is so that when you come back you have a fresh take and you will see if you truely like the layout.

Come back and see if you’re happy if so its time to create a template of each item. This makes hanging items on the wall that much easier.

TIP: Take a picture of the layout before moving forward.

Take a blank piece of paper and create a sketch of the layout, including measurements (spacing between frames) and number each item.

After take the painters paper and trace each item onto it plus number the item according to the sketch. Then cut out the template from the paper.

Once everything is cut out, use painters tape to tape the templates to the wall in the layout of your sketch.

TIP: I would recommend leaving the templates the wall for a day to make sure you are happy with the layout.


To hang pictures with the 3M command picture hanging strips, I followed the instructions provided. But I am still going to walk you through the steps.

3m picture command strips
  1. On the picture you plan on hanging, fold the template so that the bottom of the template and bottom of the frame will touch (see one of the images below for example).
  2. Wipe the area with Isopropyl Alcohol 70%.
    • TIP: DON’T skip this part, it’s what helps everything stick to the wall. cleaning wall to attach 3m Command picture strips
  3. While that dries, attach the hanging strips to the back of the frame, snap two strips together then remove one of the backings to stick them to the frame. Put presser on the strips for 30 seconds.
    • SIDE NOTE: You can cut the strips if needed and make sure you add the number of strips needed for the weight of the frame.
    • TIP: Remove any nail hanging hooks or easel back to the picture frame so that the frame can be as flush with the wall.attach 3m Command picture strips to frame
  4. Remove the other plastic strip and place the frame on the wall. Make sure the frame is level and is touching the template. Then press the frame to the wall and keep pressing for 30 seconds.attach 3m Command picture strips to wall
  5. Remove the frame from the wall.
    • TIP: Don’t pull the frame straight off but start from the bottom and angle it upward.
  6. Add presser to the strips on the wall for 30 more seconds. Then let everything sit for at least one hour.installing 3m Command picture strips to wall
  7. Complete steps 1-6 for the rest of the frames or items going on the wall.
  8. Place the frame back onto the wall by aligning the strips, using a level again, and pushing the frame where the strips are so they will snap together.attach picture frame to 3m Command strips

And that’s how to hang pictures without nails. I do want you to know that there are 3m Command Nail Hanger to hang pictures with hooks and I love using those also.

3m Command damage-free hanging hooks

I really hope this tutorial helps you hang pictures in your home without damaging your walls. Plus its perfect for an apartment or selling a home, no nail holes to patch up!

Yield: gallery wall

How to hang pictures without nails

3m picture command strips

Hanging pictures without damaging your walls is easy with 3m Command Strips. Follow this tutorial on how to hang pictures without nails.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Active Time 1 hour
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $20



  • level
  • scissors


  1. Gather all the frames or other artwork you want to use on the wall.
  2. Arrange the picture frames on the floor and create a template of each frame with painters paper.
  3. Tape the paper templates onto the wall in the arrangement your want.
  4. Using the 3M Command Picture strips to attach the frames to the wall.
how to hang pictures without nails

One Comment

  1. Devin Scott says:

    I like how you said that you should layout your picture on the ground before hanging it up. My wife and I are looking to decorate our first home and we were wondering how we can hang up our pictures correctly in our living room. I’ll be sure to tell my wife that we should lay pictures out on the ground before putting them up on the wall.

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