For the One Room Challenge, I wanted to hang some “art” in the powder room (and by “art”, I mean framed scrapbook paper), but I didn’t want the typical “pound a nail in the wall, hang the picture” look, I wanted something different. I started to brainstorm and came up with the idea of hanging the frames by a rope from drawer knobs. There was a lot of trial-and-error, so I thought I’d share my experience; that way you can skip the “error” part and just have the lovely end result.
What You Need to Hang Art from Knobs
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- Picture Frames (I wanted white gallery frames, and after looking everywhere for them, I finally found these at Walmart.)
- Cord Rope
- Elmer’s Glue
- Hanger Bolts (These are basically screws that have the thread you need for your knobs on 1/2 of the screw, and drywall thread on the other half)
How to Hang Frames from Knobs
First, I had to figure out a way to attach the rope to the frame so I could hang it. I started by screwing “screw eyes” into the top of the frames, but some of the frames started to crack (not good). I tried going with a smaller “screw eye”, but they would break off as I was turning them.
Scrap that idea! I decided to just loop the rope through the hanger on the back of the frame instead.
This obviously was not going to give me the same look, but I like a bit of a twist on the usual. I made sure to cut each piece of rope the same length. (I used 14 inches of rope, but you can make it longer or shorter depending on the look you want). Knot each piece of rope to form a loop.
Next, screw each knob into the hanger bolts.
Measure out where you want to hang your frames so you know exactly where to place the knobs on your wall. Once you have that mapped out, screw the hanger bolt into the wall. I found it helpful to pound a nail just a little bit into the wall as a starting point for the screw to turn into.
Remember that you can always adjust the rope to shorten or lengthen the frames to match the other frames, but you don’t want to move the knobs once in place… better to level your knobs, not the frames. Once all my loops were even, I trimmed the ends and dipped the knots in Elmer’s glue to harden the knots in order to avoid them unraveling or coming undone.
Once dry, I slipped the knot to the bottom of the loop so it would be covered by the frame, and I hung it on the knob.
And here’s the finished product!
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Hi! Did you just force the knobs into the wall, or did you use an anchor of some sort? I do all the purchasing/planning and my husband does all the hanging (he’s a perfectionist and I’m much more of an eye-baller). Anyway, I can just picture him hesitating to hang a frame on a knob on the wall without it anchored into the drywall – in fear that the frame is too heavy, leading to it pulling the knob out and damaging the wall.
As mentioned in the post, I used hanger bolts for inserting the knob into the drywall. Half the “screw” is threaded for the knob and the other half is a drywall screw, meant to secure into the drywall. I just used a hammer to get the screw started, and then twisted it into the wall by hand. I have had these frames hanging for almost 2 years and have had no problems at all. I would certainly not recommend hanging anything extremely heavy from the knobs secured with the hanger bolts, as this may be too much for it to hold, however, regular frames should be light enough, and wouldn’t cause the knob to pull out.
What a wonderful idea. I have knobs, just need the hanger bolts. This idea of yours is so helpful in that you especially explained where you got your materials. Thanks.
You are so welcome. This little project was so easy to do and I love the way it turned out. Good luck!
Brooke Riley~Re-Fabbed says
What an easy and creative thing to do! I have always loved hanging things from knobs on wooden boards and things like that- but had honestly never thought of doing a frame directly from the wall! There are so many fun knobs out there- the possibilities are endless! Thanks for sharing!
Brooke Riley~Re-Fabbed says
What a simple and neat idea! I love it! There are so many fun knobs out there! This would be a great project. I am specifically thinking about my little 3 yr old girl’s room 🙂 Thanks so sharing! Got my imagination going now!
I want to do this in my daughter’s room too! There are SO many knobs to choose from and it’s so easy to do! Happy to provide a little inspiration! Enjoy your Sunday!
That’s such a nice, clean look. Easy, too. Thanks for sharing your process and end results!
Absolutely- Thanks for stopping over and leaving a comment, they sure make my day! Have a wonderful day Kim!
Stella Lee@ Purfylle says
I didn’t know about those special screws. This is a fabulous way to hang stuff.
I didn’t know about the screws either. I just told the man at Home Depot what I was trying to do, and he pointed me towards these screws. It was extremely easy to do. Enjoy your day!
Lou Lou Girls says
Hello Gorgeous! This looks incredible! Thank you so much for sharing it with us. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm, so we can party with you! Lou Lou Girls
Thanks for stopping over! And thank you for hosting! Have an amazing day ladies!
This is such a great idea! I don’t think I would have ever thought of this!
Visiting from the DIY Sunday Showcase link party! Have a great week!
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Thanks for stopping over Kate! I’m not even sure how I thought up the idea to hang frames from knobs, but I wanted something a little more classy for this space and I’m so glad I figured out how to add a little something different with the knobs. Hope you enjoyed your weekend!
Brandi Clevinger says
So simple and elegant!
Thanks Brandi! Enjoy your weekend!
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This looks great! What a nice idea!
Thanks- such a simple addition to create a little something extra in a room. Have a wonderful day Katrin!
Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai says
What a great idea…super cute! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty – we’re looking forward to what you have to share next week. 🙂
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Thanks Lorelai! And thank you for hosting and letting me know about your party! Enjoy your day!
Hi there. Stopped by to let you know that I picked this as my favorite link up from last week’s Teach Me Tuesday linky party. It will be featured at this week’s party.
Thanks so much for linking up with us!
Have an awesome week 😉
Thank you so much Bobbi! It is a honor to be featured! Glad you enjoyed the post. Hope you enjoy this Memorial Day!
Audra @ Renewed Projects says
This makes it easier to “level out” the frames. All one has to do is adjust the length of cord, which sounds easy to me. 🙂 Great tutorial.
Thanks Audra! There are so many endless possibilities for what you could do with this project. Have a lovely weekend!
Sandy Sandmeyer says
What a great idea and such a modern look for your home. It makes evening up the pictures so much easier too. Thank you for visiting and sharing with #AnythingGoes.
Thank you Sandy!
What a fabulous idea! I’m definitely going to use this. Thank you for sharing with us at #AnythingGoes.
Such a fun twist instead of using a nail. And there are so many knobs from, classy to colorful to rustic… you could do so much!
I really like the way these look! It’s nice to change something we all tend to do the same way. Thanks for sharing at The Creative Circle.
Thanks for stopping over Kathy! And thank you for hosting!
Lynda Hardy says
What a pretty treatment – great tutorial! I’d love it if you’d share this at this week’s Awesome Life Friday Link Up!
Thanks for the invite over to your linking party. I just added the link. I’m very new to the blogging world, so I’m just learning about all the linking parties out there. Thanks for stopping over Lynda! Have a good weekend!
What a great idea- so cute!
Thanks Christina! I was such an easy way to add a little flair to the room. There are so many cute knobs you could use… thinking of doing something like this in other places around the house now… like my kids’ rooms! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
What a great idea! Love this:)
Thanks Jackie! It’s so simple, but can add quite a statement.
Krista - TheQuinntessentialMommy.com says
What an awesome and easy idea to really give a room character. Can’t wait to try this!
Thanks so much for linkingup at MeetUp Monday! Hope to see you tomorrow too!
This really was a super easy way to add to a room! I’m hoping to do this in other rooms too as there are so many fun/cute knobs out there. Glad I found your linking party, and I’ll link up again tomorrow. Have a wonderful evening. Hope you enjoyed your Mother’s Day!