Select a ribbon color and width that corresponds with the style and size of your frames.

How to Hang Picture Frames on a Ribbon

by Lorna Hordos

Add personality and charm to your favorite family photographs or artwork by hanging them in a grouping suspended by a pretty ribbon. A trio of lightweight, wood frames and the ribbon of your choice -- plus a few minutes of your time -- will give you an eye-catching collage for your wall. Incorporate the kids in this easy project and get some of their best artwork off the refrigerator and in a wall display worthy of their creativity.

1 Insert photographs or artwork into three lightweight wood frames. Use frames of the same style and size -- no bigger than 8 by 10 inches. Matching frames will create a cohesive look, while differing frames and colors will look more eclectic.

2 Arrange the photos on a table or work surface in a vertical row, one above the other, in the order that you want them to appear on the wall. Turn them over, keeping them in order.

3 Line up the frames’ sides evenly, using a straightedge, such as a ruler or a level, as a guide. Separate the bottoms and tops of each frame by 2 inches, using a tape measure for precision.

4 Measure the distance from the top edge of the top frame to the bottom edge of the bottom frame. Cut a length of ribbon to match this distance plus 15 inches. The ribbon should be roughly 1 to 2 inches wide; the larger the frames, the wider the ribbon. Use a grosgrain, velvet or satin ribbon -- with or without a decorative pattern -- in colors that complement your frames.

5 Locate the top and bottom center points along the back of each frame with the measuring tape. Mark these points using a pencil.

6 Squeeze a pea-sized dot of wood glue onto each marked point. Recheck that the edges are straight and lined up. Fix the ribbon in a line along the glue keeping 10 inches of the excess ribbon above the top and 5 inches hanging below the bottom. Loop the excess ribbon at the top and glue the end back onto itself near the top of the top frame. Allow the glue to dry.

7 Staple the ribbon to the backs of the frames at each glued point to make the hanger more secure. Trim the ribbon hanging at the bottom to the desired length.

8 Fix a large picture hook to the wall in the location for your frames, using a hammer to tap the nail in a downward angle through the hole in the hook. Hook the ribbon loop over the picture hook to hang your frames.

9 Cut an 18-inch length of ribbon. Form the ribbon into a neat bow. Glue the bow at the top of the ribbon loop to hide the picture hook and nail and create a finished look.

Items you will need

  • 3 photographs or pictures
  • 3 lightweight, wood picture frames of similar size
  • Straightedge
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon, 1- to 2-inches-wide
  • Pencil
  • Wood glue
  • Stapler and staples
  • Large picture hook
  • Hammer

Photo Credits

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