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Button Picture Nails

Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 1999


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.


  • Decorative button

  • Wire cutter

  • Emery board

  • Hot-glue gun

  • Nail

  • Ribbon


  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. 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. 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.

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