How to Hang a Picture Frame From a Curtain Rod

Hanging pictures from a curtain rod is a different way to display them. It adds character to a room, and also means that you can easily change out pictures without having to make new holes in the wall. Use frames in different sizes for a dynamic display, or a group of identical frames for a more formal look.

A curtain rod offers a unique way to display your pictures. (Image: Visage/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Things You'll Need

  • Decorative ribbon

  • Scissors

  • Screw eyes (optional)

Step 1

Hold a picture under the curtain rod at the height you want the picture to hang to get an idea of how much ribbon you will need. Typically, a picture should sit at eye level, with the center of the picture at 5 feet 6 inches from the floor.

Step 2

Cut a piece of ribbon for each frame at the desired hanging length. Give yourself enough ribbon to go from the picture frame up to the rod and back down again. Leave about a foot of excess for waste.

Step 3

Hold the ribbon from the center with the two ends hanging loose behind the rod. Pull the center of the ribbon up and over in front of the rod, creating a loop. Lift the two loose ends to the front of the rod through this loop, then pull the ends down to tighten the loop.

Step 4

Tie each end of the ribbon onto the screw eyes on either side of the back of the frame. Cut off any excess ribbon.

Tip

Check the curtain rod for stability prior to hanging a picture from it. Hang additional pictures similarly, and adjust the ribbons to make the tops of all of the frames line up. If your frame has a sawtooth hanger on the back instead of dual screw eye fasteners, either install screw eyes, or thread the ribbon through the hanger, making a loop, and tie the two ends together behind the frame.

Warning

When drilling through walls painted prior to 1980, you may disturb lead from old paint. Wear appropriate mouth and nose protection.