Sunday, December 18, 2011

How to hang a picture on a brick or concrete wall

This is a DIY guide to hanging photos and pictures on a brick or concrete wall the cheap and easy way. 

Lightweight (5lbs or less) such as photos, records are easily hung with stick on hookssticker hook for hanging on brick wall

Your lightest items can be hung without screws, nails or any tools at all.
You will need: stick on hookssticker hook for hanging on brick wall
How to : Simply clean and dry the surface well before applying the adhesive sticker.
Removal: These can be pulled off. They may require some cleaning to get of residual bits of adhesive.

Medium sized items (~30lbs or less) such as pictures, paintings can easily and quickly be hung with concrete and hardwall plastic hooks. 
This is by far the easiest and best way to hang picture or most anything on a brick wall.
You will need: a hammer, concrete and hardwall plastic hooks. 
How to: Carefully measure where you want to place these as they can be only placed once. Hammer the four pins part way in then check positioning again. If you are satisfied with the placement hammer them the rest of the way in. 
Demonstrated holding up a larger framed piece: Liza Jones- Optimist 

To hang heavy items such as mirrors, large framed paintings, photos or posters masonry anchorare needed.
You will need: powerdrill at the minimum but preferably a hammerdrill is needed. You will also need a screwdriver, and a masonry bit (the size is determined by the size of masonry anchor used). It is easiest to get a set of masonry anchors that come with screws and the drill bit.

Drill the appropriate size hole with a hammer drill

Hammer in the plastic anchor.

Screw in the screw most of the way and hang your piece.

I also used this for my nice letterpress box as a small item display case.
letterpress box

For very heavy objects such as construction projects require a lag bolt and shield
Similar to my recommendation for heavy items this will require a hammerdrill, socket wrench as well as the forfeiture of your damage deposit. The process is the same as above but with a 1/2" hole. 


  1. Very helpful. May be buying house with prevalent brick walls on the inside and had no clue how to hang things without damaging the brick. Thanks. :)

    1. Or drill the masonry between the bricks, instead of the brick itself. From the son of a construction engineer...

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  3. Have hung 6ft metal art on concrete fireplace. It is off less than a quarter inch. We are finding it very difficult in getting it perfectly straight. Any magic tip besides level and tape measure

    1. Could you use that sticky tacky stuff that you roll around in your hand then stick it on the back of the artwork and adhere it - I keep all of my wall hangings straight that way.

  4. Thank you so much the guy at Rona is stupid. You make it very clear :)

  5. The only change I would suggest, is to drill into the mortar, instead of the block or brick. May not work with heavier items. From the son of a construction engineer.

    1. I like that idea. Will try with any future items.

    2. I like that idea. Will try with any future items.

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  7. Thank you for good instructions and photos.

  8. Thank you for sharing such valuable and helpful information and knowledge. This can give us more insights! Keep it up. I would love to see your next update.

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  9. Hanging the picture you first have to take the measurement of the wall from where you want to hang it and always use of scale or inch tape for proper measurements and mark your walls by pencil and then slightly with the help of right man which can hold it easily hang with that.

  10. Perfect! Love this hack to make those kinds of life struggles avoidable. Pinning!

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