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While decluttering, I've enjoyed sorting thru losts of old pictures that didn't make it into albums. I really want to hang a bunch of our boys on the walls going down the stairs, but I hate to hack up the plaster walls with a bunch of nails...<br><br>
Anyone know another way to easily hang a large collection of picture frames?<br><br>
Is there some product I'm missing?<br><br>
Any other tips on making an attractive display with about 20+ 4x6s and 5x7's?<br><br>
I don't have the all the frames yet, was looking at IKEA, but I want to make it look nice and be easy to change the pictures in the frames as time goes on, and maybe add more (its a long, turning staircase).<br><br>
Thanks! Amanda
 

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There's command strips. They are made of this stretchy, sticky stuff that comes completely off. It's not for hanging anything too heavy, but for picture frames it should be fine. They're pretty much everywhere, I got mine at Target.
 

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You can make a template by tracing an outline of each picture frame onto paper and cutting it out. Then tape up your templates until you like the arrangement. (I like square/rectangle arrangements, myself, for neatness.) If you're really smart you can figure out where to put the nails on each template and mark that spot and pound the nails in the wall, remove the template, and voila! You're set.<br><br>
I'm often not that smart and I end up eyeballing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">:
 

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Thanks for the suggestions -- I'll check out those command strips, do they have a hook, or do they just stick to the back of the frame?<br><br>
I like that idea about the templates. I tend to get lazy and just eyeball too, but this seems like an easy alternative.<br><br>
Does anyone have some arrangements on their walls that they'd be proud to show off?<br><br>
Or other pointers? I'm looking for creative inspiration! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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The command strips come in all sorts of varieties. They have them with hooks and without. I remember they used to make the exact same stuff, but it was just the adhesive, and you worked it by pulling it until it got tacky, then stuck it to the back of whatever you needed it for. I was just going to buy that instead of the strips when I bought the strips, because they used to package enough of it in one package to hang several things, but I cannot find it now. I think they discovered that if they pack it as strips they can sell it at more expensive prices (both products were/are made by 3M, so I'm almost positive it was the same stuff).
 

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I was at Joanns the other day and they had a big collage frame- it must have held 12 or more of 4 x 6 pictures. the collages were attractive, I noticed a silver tone one but they had others as well. I did not notice the price, but this might be the answer to your quest- maybe 2 of these?<br><br>
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I usually alternate between one high the next one lower and sort of "next" to the picture and so on and so forth. Sometimes it looks like a checker board with the white wall being the opposing team...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I don't like them. I had to forefit my security deposit for a school apartment because a command strip hook (that I had a calander on because nails are a no no) when I took it down it took the paint off. It was my fault not my roomies so I got stuck with the whole bill for a patch of paint the size of a thumbnail. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br>
In my new apartment (current house) they said small nails were ok but thumbtacks weren't, wtf? I went crazy and put plenty of nails and thumbtacks, big nails too (coz I have a stopsign)!<br><br>
I figure if you like things on your walls, who cares about the nails?<br>
Paint covers the small holes (if you sand) and you can always spackle the big ones if you need to. Small holes are less noticable than ripped off patches from command hooks!
 
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