15 Ways to Display Art Without Putting Holes in Your Walls

Whether it’s because you rent and don’t want to risk losing your deposit or you just love the look of bare walls, sometimes you want to display art without putting holes in your walls. For those moments, here are 15 clever and creative ways to show off your favourite pieces without ever grabbing a hammer.

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String Art

  • Use string or yarn to create a design on paper, cardboard, fabric, or any other surface you have.
  • Choose a design and colour scheme. You can use a pattern or come up with your own.
  • Attach the string or yarn by stapling or tacking it through holes in the board, canvas, or another surface you are using (or create holes yourself). If you’re working with fabric, use safety pins instead of staples.
  • Trim an excess string from around your design so that only what’s necessary is attached; this will prevent fraying over time and make for an easier clean-up when guests visit your home!

Magnetic Panel

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If you’re the kind of person who likes to rearrange the art that hangs on your walls, or if you’re just looking for a cheap way to display some smaller pieces, magnetic panels are an excellent option. A magnetic wall is quite literally like hanging something on a fridge—you can use magnets to hold things up on the wall and take them down whenever you want.

You’ll need:

  • Magnetic paint (available at hardware stores)
  • A solvent such as mineral spirits or odourless mineral spirits if painting over drywall
  • A brush

Washi Tape Frames

If you’re looking for a framed look that doesn’t require holes in your walls and can be easily moved from one room to another, try washi tape frames. You can hang them on the wall or on any flat surface. The best part about these frames is that they allow for easy customization. Just use different designs of washi tape to create different looks! For example, if you want to display a special mirror in your living room instead of using just one frame design, cover it with different types of washi tapes and then hang it up on the wall as art.

No-Hole Hangers

No-Hole Hangers are a great alternative to traditional picture hangers. They’re easy to install, remove and reposition without leaving any holes in your wall. Here’s how it works:

  • Insert the open end into a hole in the wall or hang it on a nail.
  • Fold-out the hooks and push them against the back of your piece of art or decor until they click into place with no visible gaps between them and the surface of your piece (you can also use this method if you have an area above or below where No-Hole Hangers would be visible).
  • Hang your artwork up by pushing down on each hook until it clicks into place, making sure there are no gaps between hooks and surface before removing fingers from hanger handle (if there is an area above or below where No-Hole Hangers would be visible).


A tackboard is a great way to display lightweight items like photos and notes. It can also be used as a bulletin board for more permanent posts, such as school assignments or community notices. Tackboards are thin cork panels that come in various sizes, have pre-drilled holes on the back side and should be mounted with nails or wall anchors on your wall. They make it easy to update your decor without drilling into it!

Art on Stands

Art on stands is a great way to display art without putting holes in your walls. Stands can be made of wood, metal, or plastic and can be bought at a store or made at home by you. Some stands are adjustable so that you can position them at different heights. This is good for large pieces of art that need to be displayed higher than eye level and smaller pieces that need to be shown closer to the ground.

Velcro Dots

  • Velcro Dots. These adhesives are available at most hardware stores, and they’re a great way to hang pictures without holes in the wall or damage to your décor. If you have an extra-strong picture, use two strips of velcro instead of one.
  • Drywall Anchors. Wiggle these into place before attaching your picture with velcro dots or command hooks! This will help prevent damage to the wall and ensure that your object stays put longer than expected (i.e., when there’s a hurricane).

3M Command Hooks

We’ve gotten to know these fast and easy hooks over the years and they’re a great option when you want to avoid putting holes in your walls. Command hooks come in a variety of styles, including hooks and strips, picture hanging strips, and utility hooks. The adhesive strips stick securely to most surfaces but can be removed cleanly without damaging them—and they work on many materials including wood panelling.

To use them:

  • Position your Command hook where you want it placed on the wall. To make sure it stays secure during installation, hold the hook up against your wall for 30 seconds until it has adhered firmly enough that it won’t fall down by its own weight alone (this may take longer depending on how thick your walls are). If this doesn’t happen within 30 seconds try shaking or tapping the hook gently until you hear/feel an audible ‘click’ indicating full adhesion; then proceed with step 2 below immediately after confirming that sound/feeling occurs!
  • To insert an object onto a hook simply press down firmly until you hear/feel another click which indicates that object is now attached securely–you’ll know because there won’t be any movement when trying to move either one around.”

Binder Clips

If you’re looking to hang some art without the holes, binder clips are a great option. They’re simple, inexpensive and easy to find at any office supply store.

Binder clips come in varying sizes, so you can choose one that is appropriate for the size of art you want to hang. If you want to hang a large painting or print on your wall (or if it doesn’t have a frame), consider using two or more binder clips together instead of just one. This will help spread out the weight of whatever piece your hanging and prevent it from falling off onto your face when you walk by!

Clipboard Wall Hangings

  • Pick out some clipboards you like.
  • Decide how many you’d like to hang and where they’ll go on the wall (you can use a level if needed).
  • If you have hooks or screws already in the wall, attach them there with adhesive or nails (if not, get some).
  • Attach your clips to the clips on your clipboard! You’re done!

Floating Shelves

Floating shelves are one of the most versatile ways to display art and other objects in your home. They’re a great option if you have little wall space, because they free up floor and table space that could otherwise be taken up by shelves, display cases or bookcases. Floating shelves can also be made at home using basic tools and materials, which makes them convenient for people who like to create their own projects but don’t want to spend a lot of money on professional installation services.

If you’re interested in getting some floating shelves for your home, there are many options available online or at local hardware stores. You can choose from white or black wooden models with straight edges or curved edges; metal ones with glass doors; wooden ones that have been painted white or stained brown; and more! You’ll find everything from simple designs for displaying books to larger ones meant for displaying artwork – so whatever kind of look you’re going for when decorating your walls will be covered by these stylish pieces!

Invisible Nails and Screws

One of the easiest ways to hang art without making holes in your walls is to use invisible nails or screws. These are available at hardware stores and come in either a plastic or metal option. Plastic ones use a thin metal strip that can be bent around a nail, creating an invisible hole. Metal ones have more weight to them and will create bigger holes in your wall if you don’t use them properly, so make sure you look into what kind of material you’re using before hanging anything up!

Trim nails work best for this because they’re thin enough that they won’t create big holes when used correctly but thick enough that they’ll hold whatever piece of art it is up without falling down. The main things to keep in mind when using trim nails:

  • Always put them into wall studs instead of drywall; otherwise, there’s no guarantee that whatever piece of artwork you’re hanging will stay vertical over time (and yes we’ve seen it happen).
  • Make sure the nail isn’t going through any electrical wiring – if so then turn off the power first!

Magnets, Glue, and Wire

Magnets, glue, and wire are a quick and easy way to display artwork without putting holes in your walls. Just remember that the best way to hang something on the wall is with a hammer.

In this case you can use any type of magnet or magnetized object—you just want it to stick to the wall. Magnets come in many shapes and sizes, including refrigerator magnets (the ones you buy at stores), strong neodymium magnets (available online), and magnetic tape (which comes in various widths). You’ll probably want several different types so you can create different looks for each piece of art you display.

You don’t need fancy tools for this project—just some basic household items like glue sticks or string if necessary—but if you want something more professional-looking then I recommend using artist quality acrylic paints instead of brushes with hairs coming out at all angles like mine did!

Try one or more of these techniques to hang art without damaging your walls.

  • Use a removable adhesive.

If you’re not ready to commit to a permanent solution for your wall art, consider using an adhesive that will allow you to move it again in the future. For example, 3M Command strips make it easy to hang things like calendars and dry erase boards without damage from nails or tacks. You can also use Velcro strips if you want something more flexible than glue (though they’re less reliable).

  • Hang on hooks instead of nails or screws.

Hanging objects on hooks is another great way to avoid damaging your walls when hanging artwork—plus it’s much easier than trying to find studs inside the walls of most homes (not all walls have them). You could also use command hooks if the piece has multiple points where it can be attached securely enough so that it doesn’t fall off while being transported around town or between apartments/houses/rentals!


We hope this helps you find a way to display your art that’s both stylish and practical. Remember, there are many ways to hang pictures on the wall without making holes in the drywall—you just need to think outside of the box! We’d love for you to share any pictures or ideas in our comments section below.

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