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How to Install Grommets

Install grommets in three easy steps--use these tips to hang wall art or window treatments and cover outdoor furniture.

 Living room with wall hanging and grommets

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

Few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


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Step 1

Punching grommet hole with hammer

Measure where you want the center of the grommet and mark the cloth with a pencil. Place the cloth on a piece of scrap wood. Center the hole punch on the mark and pound with a hammer, making a hole in the cloth. Install grommets on a hard surface that won't be damaged by scrap wood or misplaced hammering.

Step 2

 Insert Grommet
Insert the tall half of the grommet through the hole from the underside.

Step 3

 Fasten grommet and washer with hammer
Stack the grommet, cloth, and washer on the base tool. Place the flaring tool over the top ring of the grommet and center the lower part of the grommet on the base tool. Then pound the flaring tool with a hammer until the washer and grommet are fastened together.

For more inspiration see DIY Artwork Projects.