Hanging Odd Items on a Wall With Minimal Damage!!

The Mrs.
by The Mrs.
2 Materials
20 Minutes


As I always say, it seems like renting limits your abilities. However, for me it makes me get even more creative to accomplish my projects!

We just moved, again, and the kids have chosen a new decor for their bathroom. We also decided that we wanted to hang some starfish we have gathered from our adventures. (No real starfish were hurt in this project icon )


STARFISH/or other hard to hang item





HOT GLUE GUN (I used high temp)


Super pretty and minimal damage to walls, so if you're renting and want shells, starfish, or ANYTHING on your walls without the landlord freaking out, or damaging your walls, then this is the project for you!!

Enjoy, get creative, be sure to share with me what you decide to hang on the walls, and don't let renting limit you!!

1st, I selected the starfish I wanted to use and decided placement for them, on the wall as well!

2nd, I selected the nails that I wanted to use to secure the starfish to the wall. Then, I used my generic dremmel type tool to drill a sunken or indented spot, in the back of the starfish, that is the size of the nail head.

Be careful when drilling that you dont put too much pressure on the starfish or it will crack and break!

If drilling something fragile, use diamond drill bits.

Here you can see the sunken spot where I drilled. This needs to be the approximate size of the head of the nail you are using. Be sure to use a nail with a flat head.

Here, you can see that I have predetermined the placement of the starfish and prehammered the nails into the wall.

After you have determined placement, remove the nails.⭐This is an important step due to the delicacy of the starfish. This will allow them to slide back in easily, with minimal pressure, once the starfish is attached to the nail head.

Next, add a dab of hot glue to the indentation that you have drilled out!

This is what it should look like!

Now BEFORE THE GLUE HARDENS, place the nail in the prehammered and preselected hole that you made in the wall, and GENTLY push the starfish against the wall. Hold for a few seconds until the glue hardens.

(It should look like this. But push all the way to the wall) once dry is can be easily removed to clean, change decor, or to pack up for the next move!

There you have it! It is now adhered to the wall but without damages that will send your wallet and your landlord through the roof!

Looks fantastic! and it's super easy to do.

This can be done with any material that is not super heavy.

Some would say, use the sticky 3M strips to hang, HOWEVER, speaking from alot of experience, the 3M, sticky strips that work wonders for hanging pictures DO NOT hold up in the humidity of a bathroom and you definitely don't want these falling off the walls!

Here you can see the whole bathroom and how the starfish work perfectly with this particular decor!

You won't even see the nails behind the starfish!

Easy peasy and super cute!

Have fun with this method! I'd love to see pictures of how YOU apply this method into your decor when you complete it!! Please comment a picture of your creativity using this super easy, renter safe method!!


Suggested materials:
  • Starfish, dremmel, drill bits, hot glue gun, hot glue,nails,   (I had all on hand already!)
  • Anything hard to hang
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  • Constable Cynthia Constable Cynthia on Feb 20, 2020

    Where did you purchase your shower curtains and pics of sea creatures they are beautiful

  • Robin Robin on Feb 24, 2020

    Love you bathroom! What keeps the paintings from molding and having water damage? I received 3 for Christmas and don't want them to get damaged. We have a lot of humidity when I soak in the tub.

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  • Lisa West Lisa West on Feb 20, 2020

    If using command sticky tape or what ever they call them for the bathroom use rubbing alcohol on the wall and the hook or peice that will be sticking to the item. They will stick just fine and stay up, even in a wet bathroom. Also if the paint is gloss semi gloss or satin hit the area with a sanding block paper what have you. Just the spot that will be used for the command tape. Then clean with rubbing alcohol them proceed in hanging the item. I have 4 command hook in my bathroom. We have the over sized bath towels.they have held up very food so far over the past year. Ro remove heat gun or hair drier and dental floss or fishing line if the tape doesnt come off as you pull it.

    Any way love the start fish. I recieved 3 coral colored ones. I will be doing this in our bathroom. Thank you for the wonderful idea.

    • The Mrs. The Mrs. on Feb 20, 2020

      Great tips! Thank you for sharing these!

      I'm glad my method will help you with your starfish! I bet the coral colored ones are beautiful!! I would love to see a picture when you have finished hanging them up!!

      Have a great day!

  • Lena Falkner Lena Falkner on Mar 16, 2020

    How I wish that I had another bathroom to decorate now that I've seen yours! Just beautiful!