How to Hang Artwork on the Ceiling

framed artwork

When I retired as a school superintendent, many of my sweet colleagues gave me special mementos to remind me of our time together. Two special friends gave me this beautiful artwork. As unique as the art, we wanted to hang this in a unique location – – on the ceiling (technically the knee wall). So, we will show you how we hung art on the ceiling.

I wanted to enjoy it as I work in my office (I do education consultant work and work on Life with Neal and Suz blog).  My office is in our loft. I love it because I can look down on our kitchen and main living area. I can also see the lake ⛵️ while I work.  My craft room is adjacent to my office. It is truly my happy place! The ceiling is slanted above the knee wall. I thought it would be cool to hang a picture above my desk. In other words, I wanted to hang it over my desk . . . on the ceiling!

Installed Keyhole Brackets

First, Neal installed these keyhole brackets. On a personal note, I love how my sweet friends wrote a personal note on the back. That made it extra special.

Used hangITstrips

But now . . . how to hang this artwork on the ceiling? This is where hangITstrips came in handy! 

This is actually a product that Neal and I make and sell online. Click here to see how to use them to hang pictures with two brackets; they pinpoint the exact location for the nail without all the crazy measuring.

Below is how we used them to hang this picture on the ceiling. There is adhesive that sticks to the frame.

Here is a picture with both hangITstrips adhered to the top two keyhole brackets. 

Hung on the Wall

We placed the artwork on the wall where we wanted it and then adhered the top of the hangITstrips to the wall. 

Typically, we would use a level to ensure the frame is straight, but we used the edge of the wood plank as our guide this time. We pulled down on the frame and the hangITstrips broke to pinpoint the exact location for our screw. The picture below shows where the hourglass part of the hangITstrips broke to pinpoint the exact location for the screw.

Break hangITstrips

The hangITstrips are hanging due to gravity; however, when you press them down (see picture below), the point (where the hourglass broke) pinpoints the exact location for the screws. 

Installed screws

Now we installed screws. 

Used hangITstrips on the bottom of the frame

We used hangITstrips again on the bottom two keyholes to pinpoint the exact location for these screws.

We inserted the top keyhole brackets on the top screws and then gently pulled up this time to break the hangITstrips. 

The hourglass on the hangITstrips broke pinpointed the exact location for our bottom screws. (Again, gravity caused them to hang over.) 

However, when we smoothed down each hangITstrip, they pinpointed exactly where to install our bottom screws. 

Install Bottom Screws

We installed the two bottom screws and secured the artwork on the ceiling! VOILA! 

I enjoy this beautiful and sentimental artwork each time I work at my desk. If you want to simplify hanging artwork or pictures on any surface, order hangITstrips here and use promo code LifeWithNealandSuz to get at 25% discount.

More about hangitstrips

hangITstrips help you pinpoint the exact location for the nail/screw without all the crazy measuring and ensure that your artwork is level. Check out more how to videos here about hangITstrips or visit hangITstrips YouTube page. Some people use masking or painter’s tape, but if the brackets on the picture are not the same distance from the top of the frame, you will go crazy trying to get this right. hangITstrips automatically compensate for any difference.

Let me know what you think about how we hung this artwork on the ceiling. Also, ask any questions you have about hangITstrips. Happy Hanging! 


  1. Jan on 01/02/2019 at 9:06 AM


  2. Carl on 01/02/2019 at 1:22 PM

    These strips are genius!

  3. Katrina on 01/02/2019 at 3:34 PM

    Good idea and I like your rustic wood ceiling. My mother and I both enjoy your blog, so keep sharing.

  4. Sarah on 01/03/2019 at 9:10 AM

    I need these hang strips!

  5. Barbara on 03/05/2019 at 12:21 PM

    I love the picture hanging aide. That is a cool idea. I will have to buy some.

  6. Charles on 04/12/2019 at 4:38 AM

    Well it is a cool idea to hang the picture on the ceilings of the wall and to make it easy you can use proper tools and with the help of someone which can provide your assistance with proper maintenance too as it will be easy for you to handle with it.

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