How to Add Hanging Wire to a Picture Frame

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How to add hanging wire to a picture frame for hanging a photo on a wall

There’s nothing that makes a house look more beautiful and feel more like a home than framed photos and artwork hanging on the walls.  When you walk into someone’s house for the first time the family photos, paintings, and other artwork (or perhaps lack thereof) give you a glimpse into the personality of the individual or family.

But I find many times people are intimidated by the whole process of framing and hanging pictures, so it’s my goal to show you just how easy this process can be in this two part series.  First on the agenda, I’ll show you how to add hanging wire to a picture frame.

Let’s say you’ve printed a beautiful family photo and ordered the perfect picture frame online, only to have it arrive at your front door without hanging hardware or wire on the back.  Now you’re in a quandary.  “Help!” you cry!

Never fear, lucky for you I can be your photo hanging knight in shining armor.   During college I worked at a photography studio and did my fair share of picture framing.  It’s actually quite simple and only requires a few basic tools you probably already have in your toolbox.

The easiest way to hang a photo or painting is with a hanging wire and eye hooks, so that’s what I’m going to show you today.  So let’s jump right in.

Tools you'll need to add picture hanging wire

Tools you’ll need:

  1. Measuring tape- Any type will do. I used a sewing one simply because that’s the only one that I could find after our international move.  Oh, the joys of moving!
  1. Picture hanging kit with wire- I found this one on Amazon (I have a love affair with Amazon Prime).
  1. Pencil
  1. Wire cutter
  1. Hammer
  1. Nail- You can use the one provided in the kit above.



Measure picture frame with measuring tape

  1. Use the measuring tape to measure the height of the frame, then make a pencil mark a third of the way down from the top of the frame. This frame was 18 inches tall so I placed a mark around 6 inches, roughly in the center of the frame side.  Do this on both sides of the frame.

Tap nail into picture frame with hammer

  1. Place the nail on the pencil mark you just made and tap the nail with the hammer a few times to create a slight indent. Repeat on the other side.

Eye hook inserted into picture frame

  1. Place the eye hook into the indent you just created and put downward pressure on it as you screw it into the wood frame. Keeping rotating it and screwing it into the wood until you can no longer see the grooves on the screw.  Repeat on the other side.

Twist picture hanging wire

  1. Take one end of the picture hanging wire and thread through the eye hook leaving about 4 inches on the outside of the eye hook. Bend the wire back toward the center of the picture frame and then wrap tightly around the remaining wire.

Cut picture hanging wire with wire cutter

  1. Pull the other end of the wire across the frame and use the wire cutter to cut the wire, leaving about 4 inches past the eye hook.

Add eye hook and wire to the picture frame

  1. Once the wire is cut pull the wire taut and bend the wire toward the center and wrap tightly around the remaining wire.

Finished picture frame with hanging wire added

Ta Da – just like that you’re done!  Easy peasy.  The finished product should look like the photo above. Next week I’ll show you how to easily hang your framed photos and paintings.  If you have any questions feel free to let me know in the comments section and I’d be happy to answer them.

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