How do you hang art on brick or stone walls with no holes and no drill? It may seem challenging or damaging, but there’s a trick! Try Brick Clips.
This is unsponsored adoration. I’ve been using Brick Clips for a decade with much success.
Brick Clips make it easier to:
- Hang picture frames and decor on brick in seconds
- Place temporary hooks for holiday wreaths, garland, and accessories
- Protect your brick, stone, and mortar from a damaging drill and wall anchors
- Avoid adhesive. Double-sided tape and Command strips simply cannot support the weight of wall art and decor.
Do Brick Clips Really Work?
Yes. I use two different products in my own home, and they both work perfectly well with brick.
- one is the Brick Clip® Fastener (above, front)
- the other is a block clip from The Hillman Group (above, in the background).
These products are to be used with brick for good reason. Bricks are manufactured for consistency and the products are designed to fit common brick sizes. Bricks can vary in height, so the Brick Clip® Fastener is available in 3 sizes to accommodate this variance.
My home has stacked flagstones, so my true curiosity when I originally bought these was in whether I could use them on stone as well as they worked on brick. Flagstone walls are a different story – at the narrowest points, my stones are all roughly 1″ tall with a 1″ mortar gap.
If you’re reviewing this post considering options for your own stonework, keep in mind that natural materials like stone are subject to greater variance. You might want to try a variety of Brick Clip-style products until you find one that fits your stones well.
Block Clip Review
- Tension fit. With this design, the clip creates tension between the bottom of the top stone and the top edge of the lower stone.
- Rigid metal. The tabs at the top are rigid, but still thin enough to be bendable. I adjusted the angles to fill the wider space between the flagstones.
- Product grabs onto the stone or brick. There are teeth that clamp on the top of the stone, allowing the rest of the clip to dangle.
- Tabs reinforce the fit. The tabs act as a force holding the accessory in place.
- Flush-mount. The product itself is very narrow. This allows your decor to rest flush against the wall.
- Hold 25-50 pounds. That’s a substantial amount of weight, and covers most artwork and decor.
The Brick Clip® Review
While I don’t have brick inside my home, the Brick Clip works wonderfully on the brick exterior. I actually think that this product is the best way to hang art on walls without drilling and damaging brick or its mortar.
- Gravity-supported strength. Brick Clips have little teeth that hang on the top of the brick. They dig right in.
- Flush-mount. This too is a nearly flush product.
- Super strong. These just feel more durable to me. There are no metal clips to bend or adjustments to make. They hook on to the brick, and they stay where they’re placed.
- Two hooks. Two places where you can attach the wire of your picture frame or the hook of your seasonal wreath.
- Note: For the Brick Clip® Fastener to work on flagstone, I would need a very large clip, one in the 3-4″ range, that would attach around the height of two horizontal flagstones and the thick mortar mashed between them.
Damaging your stone, brick, or mortar for the sake of decorating is irreversible, so I’ve been really impressed with this option. If you hang things on brick, these products will simplify decorating indoors and out.
In fact, if you’re wondering if you can hang a wreath with a Brick Clip, yes, you can! Anything with a hook will attach to the brick clip. You can hang garland on brick, framed photos, and more. We use it to hang our Christmas stockings (because we have no mantle)! The weight of the wreath helps the teeth on the Brick Clip dig into place and support the full weight.
This post was originally published on DIY Network’s blog Made + Remade in October 2015.