How to Attach Wire to the Back of Your Photo Frame

How to Attach Wire to the Back of Your Photo Frame
Are you looking for assistance on how to attach wire, cord or string to the back of your Photo Frame? We sometimes get asked by our customers why we don't supply our Australian made photo frames with the wire string already attached to the photo frame. The reason is because we don't know which way you may intend to hang your timber photo frame, which could be either a portrait (vertical) or a landscape (horizontal) orientation.

If we were to pre-attach any wire or string to you frame in both portrait and landscape orientation, then you would not be able to remove the backing board from the photo frame to allow you to insert your photos, certificates, documents, drawings, artworks, etc. So this is just a simple DIY aspect of inserting your artwork into your picture frame. 

We have created both a step-by-step guide and also a demonstration video to help you below. 

Steps for Attaching Wire to the Back of Your Picture Frame

You can either refer to the helpful video link below, or continue below to read through our visual step-by-step guide.



Getting Started:

Bag of Hanging Fittings

When you open the seal of the hanging pack, you will find the following components inside:

  • Instructions
  • A coil of wire string
  • 2 screws
  • 2 hinged D-Ring hangers

Items you'll require:

Items You Will need
  • Ruler or Tape-measure
  • Pencil
  • Cross-Head, X-Shaped Screwdriver (Phillips Head)
  • Scissors
  • Your picture frame

Step 1: Measure 1/3 of the Way Down the Picture Frame

Measure one third of the way down the back of the picturre frame

Place the photo frame glass side down on a smooth flat surface. Using your ruler or tape measure, measure the total length of the photo frame.

Calculate 1/3 of this distance, and using your ruler and pencil, make a line on the back of the photo frame 1/3 of the way from the top edge of the photo frame.

Step 2: Repeat Step One on the Other Side of the Photo Frame

Repeat Step One on the Other Side of the Frame

Repeat Step 1 above, but this time using your ruler and pencil mark the other side of the photo frame.

As a double check, measure the distance from the top of the photo frame to your pencil marking on both sides to make sure they are exactly the same. This will ensure your picture frame will hang perfectly level.

Step 3: Attach the First Hinged D-Ring Hanger

Attach the First Hinged D-Ring Hanger

Using your Cross-Head, X-Shaped Screwdriver, take the first hinged hanger, and place it on top of your first pencil marking. Ensure the triangle is facing inwards. Take the first screw, and using the screwdriver, screw the hinged hanger into the back of the photo frame. You may need to push down (using the screwdriver) quite hard initially until the screw penetrates the timber.

When you have finished securing the first hinge hanger with the screw, it should appear as per the image below:

Ensure the triangle is facing inwards

Step 4: Secure the Opposite Hinged D-Ring Hanger

Secure the Opposite Hinged D-Ring Hanger

Take the second hinged hanger and screw, place it over the second pencil marking, and using the screwdriver, secure the second hanger. Ensure the triangle is facing inwards. As per Step 3 above, you may need to push your screwdriver down quite hard initially to ensure the screw penetrates the wood of the picture frame.

Step 5: Attach the Wire to the First Hinged Hanger

Attach the Wire to the First Hinged Hanger

Unwind the wire, and loop the wire through the first triangle hinged hanger and secure it by making a double knot.

Step 6: Trim any Excess Wire

Trim any Excess Wire

Any excess wire from tying the knot can be twisted tightly around itself several times, and then any extra can be be cut and trimmed.

Step 7: Pull the Wire Through the Second Triangle Hinged Hanger and Secure with a Double Knot

Pull the Wire Through the Second Triangle

Take the unsecured end of wire, and pull this through the triangle hinged hanger.

Tighten up the wire by pulling the wire and taking up any loose slack. Before tying a double knot, allow the wire to loosen slightly, as shown in the photo below. Then secure the wire with a double knot.

Step 8: Neaten any Loose Wire

Neaten any Loose Wire

Any remaining loose wire should be twisted back over itself. Use the scissors to trim any remaining wire

Step 9: Check Wire Has a Small Arc to it

Back of a picture frame with wire attached

In the centre of the wire, pull this up and ensure your knots are tight and the hinges do not move. The wire should form a small arc (slack), as per the photo above. If not, loosen the double knot at one end, and refer to steps above to correct it.

Step 10: Check the Screws are Secure

Lastly, use your screwdriver to check the screws one last time and tighten if required. Please ensure the hinges are parallel to each other.

We also suggest placing two small pieces of blue-tack or felt stickers in the bottom left and bottom right corners of the backside of the photo frame, so that once you hang your photo frame onto the wall, it should sit straight with the assistance of a sprit level.

Your picture frame is now ready to hang and display your precious memories and artwork.

Getting the Hang of Things!

Now that you've mastered the steps for attaching your hanging wire, the final part of your journey will be hanging your frame on your wall. We've created a couple more helpful guides and videos to assist you with this step, which you can find in the links below - 

We hope this information was helpful. If you have any questions or feedback, please feel from to contact us.

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This article was written by Jared Davis -

Jared Davis is one of only a few qualified Master Certified Picture Framers in Australia with over 30 years of custom framing experience.

Jared is published author, writer and an industry-recognized educator who teaches classes and workshops to professional picture framers all around the world.

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