10 Ways to Hang Your Photos Without Damaging Your Walls

If you are currently in a rental home or just don’t want to scar your walls with multiple holes, you may want to find alternative methods to hang your favorite photos. You may have regulations in your lease agreement that you will not drill into your walls, and this kind of rule can be tough to get around when you are trying to decorate your space.

Hanging photos and pieces of art are the perfect way to express your style in your home. If you are limited to how you may hang your wall fixtures, you may need to get creative. If you own your home but like to change up your wall decor, you might want to limit the holes that you need to make in your walls.

Hanging wall decor is the perfect way to invite your guests into your life, remind you of fun times, and honor your cherished family members. Whether you want to make a collage of fun photos from CreateOn, or you are looking for the perfect place for your child’s unique art project, there are ways to do it that don’t include ruining your walls. Let’s take a look at a few creative ways to hang your photos and wall decor without damaging your walls. 

Tension Rod

If you have a uniquely shaped space with lots of nooks and alcoves, that could be perfect for your smaller photos and decor items. All you need is a shower tension rod and a bit of yarn or string. Secure your tension rod at the top of a door frame, inside a deep window frame, or on your cased walls, then simply hang your photos from the rod. Most tension rods can easily handle the weight of your smaller photos and art pieces.

Washi Tape

Washi tape is a great way to secure your wall decor items and add a cheeky little decor detail to your walls. You can either use your Washi tape on the backs of your photos to secure them to the wall without doing any damage or mount strips of decoratively patterned tape and add a full collage to your walls. 


No decorating rule states that you must mount your photos on the wall. If you have strict rules about putting holes in the walls of your rental, you may need to get a bit creative with your placement. Use the surfaces that you have at your disposal like bookshelves, window sills, fireplace mantels, or premounted shelves. You can also get creative by simply leaning a selection of larger wall decor items against the wall along the floor or on a tabletop.

Command Strips

When you want to make sure that what you are putting on your walls stays in place, you can’t go wrong with Command Strips by 3M. These adhesive strips come in all shapes, sizes, and weight limitations. Most versions of these handy strips come with double-sided glue that can be easily added to the backs of your wall decor or photos. When you are done with your placement or are changing things around, you can simply peel the strips off your wall without leaving a mark.

Yarn or String

If you have dozens of fun photos of your family and friends, but you don’t want to mark up your walls to display them all, you can use a piece of yarn or string as a “photo line”. Simply mount each end of your yard to your wall with tacks and attach your favorite photos to your string using mini-clothespins or paperclips. You can hang as many strings of memories as you want while keeping your walls in great shape.

Mounting Putty

If you need an affordable and easy way to mount your posters, photos, and lighter wall decor items, you can get it right with a bit of mounting putty. This unique product was meant to be an easy alternative to staples, nails, or tape for mounting your memories on your walls. Once you are done with your items, you simply peel your putty off and give the spot a light cleaning to remove any residue.

Wire Grid Frame

Head on down to your crafting or hardware store to pick up the perfect platform for your photos and memorabilia items. You can buy squares of wire grid frames in a variety of sizes that are perfect for your photo collage project. A wire grid can then be either mounted to the wall with minimal damage or used to display your pinned photos.


If you have a bunch of smaller photos, ticket stubs, and small memorabilia items that you want to display in your home, but you don’t want to put dozens of holes in your walls, a corkboard could be the perfect solution. Mounting a corkboard of any size requires only two to four holes and can create a platform for all of your smaller decor items. Simply use push pins or tacks to add your items to your board, and switch it up whenever you want for a different look.


The power of magnets can help you create a decor look that suits your taste. There are different sizes and shapes of adhesive magnet strips that can easily take the place of screws or nails when mounting your photos and wall decor. You can cut your magnets to size and remove them without a problem when you are done. You can also use magnets to take advantage of all your metal surfaces, including your appliances and main door frames. Cover the front of your fridge with your favorite photos or use the back of your front door as a canvas for your next collage.

Velcro Strips

Using velcro strips to help you mount your wall decor and photos couldn’t be easier. You can buy different grades and strengths of velcro to match all of your wall decor items. Thicker, more industrial velcro strips are great for larger portraits with heavier frames, while standard velcro strips are generally strong enough for unframed photos. The great thing about velcro is that you just have to rip it off to change around your decor items when you want to switch up your look.

If you are worried about leaving your walls pocked with holes when you are mounting your favorite photos and pieces, try some of these mounting ideas that will save your walls.