Anytime I have an empty wall in my house, all I can think about is what should go there, what would look good taking up that space. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t want my walls completely crowded like a crazy old lady’s house, but displaying items that mean a lot to you gives visitors an inside glimpse on what is really important to you. When I found this DIY reclaimed wood picture hanger, I instantly knew I wanted to make one of these. Not only is the look of it is rustic, but it’s a functional way to be able to hang 15-20 pictures at a time. It also makes it very easy to change out pictures as you get updated pictures of what’s important to you. Here are step by step instructions on how to build this awesome picture hanger.
The best way to get started is to find a wood pile that’s not going to be used. You’ll need about 8-10 pieces of 3/4″x4″ fence slats or siding boards to ensure you have enough wood for this project.
You don’t necessarily want wood that has been destroyed, so make sure it has been eaten by termites, been burnt, etc. Once you have your pieces, decide how wide and long you’d like your picture hanger. You can either cut the edges using a handsaw or try breaking them if you want a more rustic edge.
Lay out the pieces of wood so you get a rough idea of what it’s going to look like. Then realize that you are going to have a whole lot of sanding to do.
An electric sander will definitely make this part of the project go faster. Sand down each piece of wood so it’s smooth. This will help lessen any splinters you may get.
Now it’s time to assemble the boards. Line up three pieces of wood, one on each edge then one in the middle. You’ll then nail the longer boards to these three boards to create your picture hanger.
Find your favorite color stain and stain all of the boards.
Once the stain has dried, hammer in a nail on each side and then tie twine around the nail heads, creating a nice rope line for your pictures. Use mini clothes pins that are spaced out perfectly. These will be used to hold your pictures.
Once finished, you can attach it to the wall. It turned out great!
From here you can add your favorite pictures, to include pictures of you, your friends, your family, or just your favorite things in general.
Here is another variation of the reclaimed wood picture hanger. You can hang each piece of wood individually on a wall, then add the twine, and mini clothes pins.
This turned out so well. I don’t know which one I like more. The board that is all hammered together of the pieces of wood that are hung up on the wall individually. This would go great in a home that has a country feel, and already has a lot of reclaimed wood throughout the house. I can’t wait to try this on that spare wall that’s been bugging me for a few years!