Pinning Love

I bet you thought that I was talking about Pinterest.

Yes, I do love that kind of pinning too!

I have a confession to make.  I use a technique that I learned about 15 years ago.  Pinning, in a different way.  I was helping my next door neighbor Ashley paint her daughters bedroom.  And I was amazed at the lack of nail holes.  She shared her secret and I’ve used it every chance I get.

I unfold a paper clip and attach with glue.

I use this or E6000.  It’s been very successful, so far.


This post comes with a warning, do not use this method on heavy expensive items.  Use at your own risk or not at all.

I did a little research, just to see if anyone else does this. Here Dear Heloise answers a question about hanging without damage to walls:


 Good Housekeeping

The way that I move things around, and paint on a too often basis this method is wonderful.  If I put the pins in at an angle, I can usually just use my fingernail to push the area pinned in.  Most of the time no spackling required.

Now you know my pinning secret.  Do you have any you want to share with me??

I don’t think I’ll ever change this wall. (yeah right)

I love it so much, I’ve added a few more pieces.

I may just fill up the whole wall.

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  1. says

    Wow! You are a certified secret keeper 15 years!! Thanks for sharing it’s a really good idea and tip.
    I will have to give some thought to any decorating secrets that I may have. Have a great day.

  2. Trina says

    I have been doing the pin thing for years!! Lonng quilt pins work really good for things a little heavier! Thanks for the hanger tip with the paper clip!! I am going to use that TODAY!! I love to change things around on my wall as well as my furniture, so pins are great for not leaving holes to fill!! Love your posts and Blog!!

  3. says

    Thanks so much for sharing this. I have often wondered how to hang trays without a plate rack.
    Now I know! Have you ever tried hanging a small plate this way? I have a few, but don’t like
    the look of the cheap metal plare racks. I’ve founf them to scrape the dishes too.
    Your trays look fabulous!

  4. says

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea! Following all our DIY projects (this house had to practically be gutted), I’m getting ready to do some fun decorating and wall hanging! I can’t wait to use this technique!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

    I’m your newest follower,
    Aimee @

    PS Thanks for the sweet note about my Tablescape!!!

  5. says

    Great tip Debbie!!
    I used to use pins years ago….can you believe that I forgot!!! Gee whiz!!! Now that I’m decorating my ‘new’ home and have just painting a bunch of walls I was just thinking about all those nail holes. Great reminder for me!!!!
    I do have a question. What if you want to use one of those silver trays? Does the glue dot and hanger come off??? Oh I do hope so!!!!

  6. says

    Hi Debbie,

    Great idea! Love the collection it looks great! All that sparkle and shine!!
    I have a tip, I use my old sewing machine needles that I have recycled many times. When I finally feel that I will no longer use the sewing machine needle. I will use them to hang pictures up on the wall. The construction of a sewing needle is for sewing purposes of course…but when the blade of the needle is inserted by the sharp tip into the drywall it only makes a small hole. The shank of the needle holds the picture wire… When removed there is a minimum hole, similar to your method.
    All the Best,

  7. says

    Wow, those silver trays look fabulous on your wall! It’s hard to tell the wall color but I love it…have you shared it on your blog and maybe I missed it? Years ago I used to use pins, T-pins to be exact. Of course, they items have to be lightweight. Hubby wants to use those wall anchor things on everything which makes huge holes but then he doesn’t have to patch them (he hires that out!).


  8. says

    When we moved into this house, there were a whole lot of pins stuck in weird positions on the wall. I bet that is what it was from! Great idea. I’ve used those disk things, but they pretty much permanently attach to the backs of the plates and this looks less intrusive if I want to actually use the plates later.

  9. Linda@Coastal Charm says

    Since I love how you have hung all your silver and want to copy you (I hope that’s okay)…thanks for sharing how you glued the paperclip to the back:)


  10. says

    Oh my this wall is amazing! Your collection is just gorgeous! Ok my walls usually look like world war 3 once you take everything down. Pretty scary! I love this idea and so am going to adopt it around here, thanks!


  11. says

    Hi Debbie,
    I absolutely love with what you have done with your silver pieces. It has the effective of a mirror. Thank you for sharing and thanking you for following my site! Happy Holidays!

  12. Veronica says

    Your wall is gorgeous! I will definitely try this.

    Here’s my secret. White toothpaste works just as well as messy smelly spackle/filler. It doesn’t dissolve and you can just use your fingers to apply it. Just make sure they’re not wet. =)


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