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Button Picture Nails

Introduction

The hardware used to hang a picture needn't be hidden behind the frame. A decorative ribbon would do just as well, and you can finish the look by covering the screw or nail head with a vintage button. This idea was inspired by eighteenth-century drawing rooms, where bone or shell picture nails were often used. Antique picture nails are expensive, but large vintage buttons can transform ordinary hardware into stylish alternatives.

Materials

  • Decorative button
  • Wire cutter
  • Emery board
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Nail
  • Ribbon

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Use a button with wire loops (called shanks) instead of holes. Clip off the loops with a wire cutter, and file the remaining wire smooth with an emery board.

  2. Step 2

    Dab hot glue onto the back of the button; position the head of the nail on the back of the button, and let the glue dry.

  3. Step 3

    Thread the ribbon through the eye hooks on the back of the picture frame, tie in a bow that's firmly double knotted, and hang, centering the bow above the button.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, September 1999