how to hang art on exposed brick walls

tackle this easier-than-it-looks project and create a glam gallery effect to be proud of, with three simple DIY options to suit any hangable art.

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Option 1: Brick Clamps (a simple and inexpensive solution)

If you’re skittish about power tools, or simply don’t want to drill holes into your walls, start with brick clamps. These ultra-handy and inexpensive attachments clamp onto bricks (sans anchors or adhesive) for the purpose of hanging art, wreaths, holiday lights, anything! Look for them at home improvement and organization specialty stores, usually sold in sets of two. And—this is important—be sure to measure your brick BEFORE shopping, as brick clamps are offered in different sizes. Who knew?

Option 2: Removable Adhesive Hooks (for painted brick only)

Sticky hooks aren’t what they used to be. Gone are the days when the only option was (yawn!) white plastic. Now you can choose from plastic or metal in your choice of finish, style, size, and weight limit. These are ideal for lightweight artwork (up to 5 pounds) or for a temporary attachment with the option to rearrange things from time to time.

Option 3: Wall Anchors (for heavier pieces)

If brick clamps and adhesive hooks aren’t the answer, wall anchors are the most durable and permanent solution. They’re the best option for hanging heavy pieces that require extra security.

To begin, you’ll need the following supplies:

  • chalk
  • drill
  • masonry bit
  • wall anchors
  • flush-mounting picture hooks or screws
  • screwdriver

Step 1: Check for Placement

Spend some time deciding where you want your art to hang. Unlike drywall, anchors attached to brick walls are essentially permanent and much more difficult to move if a mistake is made. Have a friend hold your art up in the place you want it to hang and examine the placement from different angles before proceeding. Use chalk to mark the selected spot on the wall (on the brick or mortar) to be sure of the placement before drilling.

Step 2:  Time for Tools!

Attach a masonry bit to your drill and make a hole just deep enough to accommodate your wall anchor, being careful not to drill so deep that you risk puncturing wires or pipes behind the brick.

Step 3:  Secure Your Hook

Place the wall anchor into the hole and screw in the picture hook. Leave just enough of the screw to hang your artwork securely.

Step 4:  Hang Your Art

Yay! You’re finished—and we’re betting it was way easier than you thought.