How to Hang Art with Pop Tabs

Having a hard time figuring out how to get that artwork or framed poster on the wall? No hook on the back of the painting? Don’t despair, you can create a makeshift art hanger using a pop tab in less than five minutes.

Steps

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    Remove the pop tabs from the tops of the soda or beer cans. Carefully remove the tab to avoid damaging it. Twist and turn the tab so it releases itself from the can. This may require a little patience.
    • Take care when removing the tab, as the metal can cut your fingers. Consider wearing work gloves when performing this task, especially if you're removing tabs from multiple cans.
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    Choose a central spot on the back of the painting or artwork to place the screw. Use a measuring tape to determine where the center is and how far up you should place the screw.
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    Use a pencil to mark the perfect spot for the screw. A simple large pencil dot will work.
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    Drive the screw into the pencil marking slowly. Don’t rush this step or you could damage the backing of the painting or scratch the artwork.
    • Test the screw to ensure it’s completely in place and doesn’t move. The screw will be the anchor to the wall hanger so you will want to make sure it’s solidly in the backing.
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    Add the pop tab hanger. Slide the bottom hole of the pop tab over the screw and pull into place. The tab should lock into place, providing the hole on the other side for hanging. The artwork is now ready to hang.

Tips

  • Check the weight of the painting before using this method. Heavier paintings should be addressed by a professional framer.
  • Always examine the backing of your artwork/frame to ensure it is sturdy enough to handle holding a screw.

Warnings

  • Do not use this method to hang electronics or televisions.
  • Never use damaged or compromised pop tabs as they could break.

Things You'll Need

  • Artwork
  • A chunky, short screw - the length of the screw should not be longer than the artwork is wide, to avoid penetrating the painting/artwork
  • A screwdriver - consider using a handheld screwdriver, as an electric screwdriver, while efficient, may allow the screw to penetrate the back of the artwork due to sheer force

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  • Soda or beer cans with pop tabs
  • Gloves (for protection when removing tabs)
  • A measuring tape or ruler and a pencil to mark the right area to place the screw

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