How to Turn a Door Hinge Into a Picture Hanger (Easiest Project Ever)

Looking for a new way to display artwork? Upcycle old door hinges into magnetic photo/picture holders. 

Related To:

Made+Remade recently teamed up with a local architectural salvage shop to make upcycled treasures from all their found trash. The salvage shop is connected to Knox Heritage, which is an organization that preserves structures and places with historic or cultural significance in Knoxville, Tennessee. We’re very lucky to have them; Knox Heritage has been around for over 40 years and in that time they’ve saved many historic buildings from the wrecking ball and have prevented several neighborhoods from ugly urban sprawl. Knox Heritage's salvage shop is full of architectural elements from old homes, items donated from businesses and discarded junk from homeowners.  

Last time I was at the salvage shop they had boxes full of old door hinges. The prices ranged from $2 to $4. I grabbed a few and decided to upcycle them into picture/memo holders. This is by far, the easiest project ever. All that is needed is a old door hinge (the more layers of paint on it, the better), some twine, scissors and self-adhesive magnets.

Step 1: Peel off the paper on the back of the magnets and place the magnets inside the hinge. You only have to put them on one side because the magnets will attract to the other side of the metal hinge.

Step 2: Cut a piece of twine to your desired length and then tie it onto each end of the bolt. You could also use wire or decorative ribbon, anything sturdy enough to hold up the weight of the hinge. 

Step 3: Find a place to hang your hinge, then add some artwork. These handy hinges are perfect if you’re somebody who likes to change out their art display frequently, or you can use them for daily memos, menus or calendars.

See if there’s an architectural salvage shop in your area – whether non-profit or not – they’re fun places to explore. Pick through the stuff and get a little dirty, you never know what you’re going to find. You don’t have to buy anything, so it can be an inexpensive/free outing. Make sure to talk to the people who run the place and ask questions. Chances are they know a lot of history about the area and will have a good story to tell. 

We’ll be doing more projects from the salvage shop in the next few weeks. Stay tuned to see what we come up with next. In the meantime, if you're looking for more upcycled projects, steal one of the clever ideas below.

Upcycled Decor Ideas

See All Photos
Find more ways to turn trash into treasure.


Photo By: Susan Teare

After: Out-of-the-Ordinary Aquarium

This old metal lamp post top makes the perfect home for a single fish, and it's bound to be a conversation starter.

Five Different Chairs with Plants

Next Up

How to Build a Picture Frame Using Reclaimed Oak Floorboards

See how old floorboards were upcycyled to make a rustic-style picture frame. 

10 Things to Put Above Your Sofa

Get creative ideas to fill that empty wall behind the couch.

Easy-to-Make Bottle Trees Express Whimsical Southern Style

Find out what makes this Southern garden staple such a special tradition.

How to Upcycle Holiday Items for Everyday Use

Think about repurposing unused or dated holiday items into your next DIY project.

How to Turn Tea Cups into Cocktail Glasses

Make happy hour just a little fancier by upcycling old tea cups into stemmed cocktail or wine glasses.

10 Genius Ways to Upcycle Your Old Sports Equipment

MVP-worthy tips for transforming your athletic gear.

How to Use a Shadow Box to Display Keepsakes

Get ideas and learn how to display photos, trinkets and vacation souveniers in store-bought shadow-box frames. 

How to Make a Watercolor Travel Tin

Repurpose a metal mint tin into a portable art palette when out and about.

Foraged! Easy Things to Make From Items Found in Your Backyard

From edible treats to easy decor, make these items from items found in nature.

How to Upcycle Salvaged Tiles Into Pineapple Coasters

Craft some adorable coasters to gift or to keep.

What We're Loving Now

More From the Archives

Browse through our archives to discover "why-didn't-I-think-of-that" projects, cool hacks and  genius DIY ideas.

Read Our Previous Posts

Meet the Team

About the Team

Get to know the crafty, creative writers and editors behind DIY's Made+Remade blog. 

Go Behind the Blog