Winning an award, completing a good deed, or doing a variety of other things may win you a small wooden plaque. Plaques of this type are also used as decorative elements in a room or as a memorial for someone who passed away. Hanging a wood plaque involves the same steps as hanging a picture or piece of artwork, but you need the right tools for the job.
Marking the Spot
Once you decide where to hang the wood plaque in your home, you must mark the spot on the wall. Use a level and a small pencil to mark the location. Hold the level flat against the wall, and make sure it's level by reading the gauge. Run the pencil along the top of the level, marking the location. If you want to ensure that the plaque is completely even and level with the surrounding area, then use a ruler in addition to the level. Measure the exact size of the plaque, and mark those measurements on the wall, drawing an outline of the plaque. Make sure that the plaque drawing is level.
Nails or Screws
You need some type of attachment or way to hang the plaque from the wall. Nails or screws are best for plaques that contain slots or holes on the back. Check the back of the wood and look for holes designed for hanging the plaque. For plaques made from plywood or a lighter weight of wood, nails should be sufficient. Heavier plaques require heavy-duty screws that keep the plaque from falling loose or pulling away from the wall.
Use a lightweight hammer to nail your nails into the wall. Avoid using a heavier weight hammer, as it can slip and potentially damage your wall. Place the nail into the wall, and tap it once, pushing the tip into the wall. Repeat the process with any other nails you're using, and go over the nails a second time. Apply more pressure this time, making sure the nails go at least halfway into the wall for more security.
Not all plaques come with a way to hang them from the wall. Picture wire is helpful in situations like this. Insert a small nail into the back of the plaque on the right side and a second nail on the left side. Place the nails as close to the corners of the plaque as possible. Twist one end of the picture wire around one nail and bring it to the opposite corner. Make sure that the wire hangs down slightly before twisting it around the second nail and cutting off the excess. Drape the wire over the nails in the wall.