There are many ways you can hang pictures in your home or office.
The most common methods I use are removable, interlocking adhesive strips and picture hooks. For heavy frames such as memorabilia items, I will use heavy duty hooks.
For adhesive strips and standard picture hooks I have found a reliable method that is quick and easy using painter's tape. Below I'll show you how.
Tools and Materials
How to hang a picture using adhesive strips
These interlocking adhesive strips are very easy to use. But refer to the manufacturer's instructions to ensure the surface is suitable and the picture does not exceed the recommended weight limit.
How to hang a picture using hooks
Standard picture hooks are simply nailed into place. For screws, you need to use a stud finder to check if there is a stud located behind the wall. Studs provide extra support. If you cannot find a stud then you need to use wall anchors to securely hold the screw in place.
How to hang a picture with wire or string
For pictures with wire or string along the back I use standard picture hooks. The main thing to remember when hanging these pictures is “the drop”. You don't want to hang the picture and realise it's a few centimetres lower than you planned.
I'm a real beginner, I have never used a cordless drill before, any tips. I want to put holes in my walls, then place in something in the holes, then the screw or nail, then hang picture?
Welcome to Workshop. Don't worry about being a beginner, everyone has to start somewhere!
I've moved your post to this fantastic guide by @Tara86 which should contain all the answers you need for hanging pictures of various types. Please have a read and let us know if you have any further questions.
Thanks for the walkthrough @Tara86
Just thought I'd share one of my favourite (boring yet simple and helpful) tools...Clever little invention and cheap too. I've got 2 which helps to hang those larger pieces with either a long string or 2 hooks on the back.
This is the perfect place for "real beginners" @TKilkenny 😀
Drilling into a brick/masonry wall requires a specific drill bit such as this one. I suggest a 6.5mm bit.
You'll also need a hammer drill (it's a setting on some drills) to be able to drill into the brick. Feel free to share your drill here (photo and the model number) if you're unsure.
The "something in the holes" are simply known as wall plugs. With the 6.5mm bit you need green coloured plugs, this is what your screws will go in to. Make sure you drill far enough into the wall to fit the 50mm wall plug.
Timber frame walls
In this case you just need a normal drill (no hammer function), a 6.5mm timber drill bit and the same green wall plugs.
6g or 8g screws will be ideal for the green plugs. Get some that are about 45mm long as it gives you solid embedment in the wall (for hanging strength) and allows enough length to protrude from the wall and hook onto the string/hook. Use button head screws rather than countersunk as they'll prevent the string/hook from slipping off and gives it a more vertical alignment to the wall.
Hope this helps 😁