12 Clever & Beautiful Uses for Adhesive Strips & Hooks You Might Not Have Thought Of

12 Clever & Beautiful Uses for Adhesive Strips & Hooks You Might Not Have Thought Of

Carrie McBride
Sep 10, 2015

I'm a renter and have some freedom to put nails and screws in the wall, but I still try to avoid it when I can. I've recently become addicted to hanging framed artwork with adhesive strips, but I've come to realize that pictures are just the tip of the adhesive decor iceberg - the gateway to full adhesive nirvana.

Here are twelve inspiring DIY decor projects that use adhesives: either strips or hooks. This is not an ad for any particular brand - I've accumulated a nice collection from different companies and it's all a matter of finding the right tool for the right job. However, I'll note that 3M Command products are the most popular I came across and were used in most of the projects below.

Two important notes:

  • Always check that the product you're using matches up to the weight of what you want to hang.
  • To avoid damage, make sure that the product you choose is right for the surface on which you're hanging something.

Above → Sarah of Boxwood Clippings made this beautiful mirror display from $12 worth of Dollar Tree mirrors and adhesive strips.

Caroline of Organized Simplicity used Scrabble tile holders as mini picture ledges, affixed with adhesive strips.

Marissa of Marissa Waddell Interiors devised this simple renters' solution for hanging a curtain rod - she hung it on adhesive hooks.

Not crazy about cushions with ties? Morgan of Pepper Design Blog cleverly used adhesive/velcro strips to secure these kitchen cushions.

This fabric headboard cover disguises a metal headboard with the help of adhesive strips. (By the gals at Sypsie Designs, seen on Hometalk.)

The wall where Erin of House of Earnest wanted to hang her sconces is where her chimney is so to avoid drilling into it, she used adhesive hooks to hang the sconces instead.

Beth of Sunshine on the Inside used inexpensive oil drip pans to create magnetic, chalkboard learning/play spots for her children. She hung them with adhesive/velcro strips.

Earlier this year I shared my renter-friendly solution for a hanging, magnetic knife rack and Lovely Crafty Home has solved this problem in her home too: using adhesive strips to hang a knife rack from tile.

How about some temporary (or not so temporary if you love it) party decor? Glory of Glorious Treats hung a lightweight wood frame from the ceiling with adhesive hooks and strung ribbon from it.

Sparkle lights hung with mini adhesive hooks create a charming decorative heart shape and add warmth and coziness to this girl's bedroom on Popsugar.

Author and blogger Janet Lee of Living in a Nutshell created attractive storage for shoes with decorative molding hung with adhesive strips.

Christina of No. 29 Design diy'd this pelmet box and hung it with adhesive strips.

- Re-edited from a post originally published 9.11.2014 - CM

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