Sawtooth for your tile.

Posted on Apr 30, 2009

In my etsy store, I ask if you’d like a sawtooth hanger adhered to your tile. Why would one want this? For added security if you are hanging the tile to a wall with a door or window. Or, if you’re grouping several tiles, it makes it easier to level the tiles. More than one person as has asked for this because her Greyhound enjoys throwing stuffed toys against the wall… go figure.

So here’s how to do it.

Supplies for hanging a ceramic tile

You’ll need a tile (obviously…), a measuring device like a tape measure or ruler, a sawtooth hanger and adhesive (in this case I’m using Household Goop. Liquid nail works also).

Center your sawtooth hanger on the tile.

Now before you break out the adhesive, we’re going to find the center the sawtooth hanger on the back of the tile. You’re going to want to double check that you’ve got the TOP of the tile – trust me on this one. Double check.

See how the sawtooth hanger has a little dot at its center? Make a small little dot on your tile with a pen or pencil so you can find center again when we’ve got the adhesive working for us.

Gluing a sawtooth hanger for ceramic tileNow we are going to open the adhesive. There are all sorts of warnings on the adhesive packaging — I haven’t read them all but it looks awfully long and important. So I do this gluing in a well-ventilated area.

To glue I touch one end of the hanger to the opening of the adhesive tube. You won’t need ALOT of glue here. Just enough for full coverage between the ends of the hanger and the tile.

How to glue a sawtooth hanger to a ceramic tileNow repeat with the other side of the hanger.

Gluing a sawtooth hanger to a ceramic tile

Now carefully line up the dots — the center mark you’ve made on the tile and the raised center dot of the sawtooth hanger. You’re going to want to make sure your hanger is fairly level also so the tile will hang properly.

How to adhere a sawtooth hanger to a ceramic tilePresto! See how a bit of the adhesive squished out? I wipe some of that off so it look neat and tidy. Now set your tile aside so it will dry according to the instructions (24 hours for this bad boy).

Then find a nail with a prominent head and hang your tile!


  1. Hong
    April 21, 2011

    Hi, thank you for showing how to hang a tile. I have a large ceramic tile, measuring roughly 2 feet wide and 3 feet tall, weighing probably around 20 to 30 pounds. I am afraid that the single sawtooth hanger isn”t strong enough. And I”m not sure if the adhesive can sustain the weight either. That”s why I haven”t been able to hang the tile up. It”s lying flat under the bed. So sad. Any advice on hanging larger, heavier, flat things?

  2. Hong
    May 4, 2011

    Hi Sarah,
    How heavy a tile would you use the sawtooth method? What is the large size you would go for this way of hanging?

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