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. 

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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.

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