How to Hang a Painting With Wire, Nails & Forks!

I’m going to share a handy painting hanging hack using a fork that will make your life much easier. No more struggling with wire paintings and nails! Let’s dive into this step-by-step guide to transform the process of how to hang a painting on a wall.

To start, go grab a couple of forks from your kitchen–they're about to become your new painting hanging helpers! Make sure they're clean and free from any food residue.

Tools and materials

  • Forks (2 or more, depending on your painting size)
  • Wire painting with hanging wire attached
  • Nails or picture hangers (as needed for your wall type)
How to hang a painting with wire
Can't catch the nails

1. Attach the forks

Determine the ideal placement for your painting on the wall. Mark the spots where you'd normally insert nails or picture hangers.

Adding forks to the nails

Hold a fork with the prongs facing upward and insert the handle into the wall at one of the marked spots. Push it in securely to ensure it's stable.

Repeat the process with another fork at the second marked spot. Make sure both forks are positioned parallel to each other and ready to hold the wire.

Hanging the painting on the forks

2. Hang your painting

With the forks in place, take your wire painting and hold it so that the hanging wire is positioned between the prongs of the forks.

Gently slide the wire over the forks. You'll notice that the prongs catch the wire and keep it in place.

As the wire rests on the forks, position the painting on the wall at the desired height and alignment.

Removing the forks

3. Remove the forks

Once you're satisfied with the painting's placement, gently slide off the forks from behind the painting.

How to hang a painting with wire, nails, and forks

How to hang a painting with wire, nails, and forks

You won't believe how easy it is to achieve a perfectly aligned hanging! You've successfully used forks to simplify your painting hanging process. Say goodbye to frustration and unevenly hung paintings.

I hope you found this hack as helpful as I did. If you have any questions or want to share your experience, feel free to drop a comment below.

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Frequently asked questions
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  • Roberta Simmons Roberta Simmons on Sep 06, 2023
    These words don't make any sense to me nor do they seem to describe the pictures. What am I missing? "Hold a fork with the prongs facing upward and insert the handle into the wall"
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  • Carol Cole Carol Cole on Sep 06, 2023
    OMG are you smart. You are brilli👍️👍️ant.
    • Thank you so much for your kind words! Your appreciation means a lot to me. If you ever have more questions or need advice, feel free to reach out anytime. 🙌🌟
  • Becky Becky on Sep 06, 2023
    This isn’t very helpful. If you pound the nail in too far for the picture wire to catch, just pull the nail head out a little. Plus, a picture with a wire doesn’t even need two things to hang it from, just one. What would be more helpful would be a trick for how to hang a picture evenly when it hangs from two hooks on its back. But forks are not the answer for that.
    • Thank you for sharing your thoughts! While the fork hack may not be suitable for all situations, it can still be a handy trick for some.