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DIY Hanging Frames Tutorial!


Hey there! It’s Jess and Monica from East Coast Creative and we have another super simple way to dress up your walls on the cheap!

I’m in the middle of re-doing our kid’s bathroom and for five years there hasn’t been one single piece of wall decor in that room. Now, I’m one step closer to well-dressed walls with these hanging frames!

Isn’t that cute? I went to a World Market for the very first time while vacationing in Hilton Head, SC (we don’t have one near us- boooooo) and immediately noticed these hanging frames , but they were  $49.99!! I knew that with just a few cheap frames from Ikea, I could recreate this look for less!
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:
– Plain frames (I got mine for 3.99 each at Ikea)
– Braided rope
– Staple gun (optional)
– Hot glue gun
– Level
– Measuring tape
Step 1: Pull the arm off of your frame, if they have them, so that the frames lay flush against the wall.
Step 2: Roughly estimate how long you want the rope to be by placing the frames the same distance apart (mine are 3 inches apart) and looping the rope up and over the top and down the sides. Cut the rope. Don’t worry about being exact here, you just want to make sure you have more than you’ll need.
I found this awesome multi-colored rope at the Dollar Tree and am in love. For only a few bucks, I have more than I need so I can use it in lots of different ways!
Step 3: Place a knot a few inches down from the top so that you can easily hang your frames when you’re ready. I also think this adds a fun detail to the frames!
Step 4: Lay your frame upside down on a flat surface and line it up with a straight edge. I used the edge of my countertops as my guide. This ensures that the frame will be level when you hang it up. Using your hot glue gun, dab some glue to the upper corner of your frames and hold it in place. Do this on both sides. Then run a line of glue down the sides of the frame, pulling the rope tight as you go.
Step 5: Line the next frame up and masure your desired distance (my frames are 3 inches apart)  and hot glue in the same places as above. This part gets tricky, so try to keep a steady hand! But the nice thing is that if you mess up, you can just pull the rope off and do it again! (Not that that happened to me or anything:) Repeat with the remaining frame.
Step 6 (optional): Use your staple gun to shoot a few staples in the corner to secure the rope.
Step 7: Fill your frame with cute pics and hang it up! I used a large knob I had to hang the frame- I love the way it looks!


That’s it! For under $10, I created a fun piece of wall decor for my kid’s bathroom! Can’t beat that. :)
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Thanks again for having us, Jen!




What a  an awesome project!!

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  1. What a cute idea! Love it

  2. Oh my gosh! That is so cute! And looks easy enough! : )


  3. I love this idea! Hanging frames with all of the measuring, the level, multiple nails, etc that comes with it is not my favorite thing. I’m going to have to try this one!


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