Hello, hello, & welcome!
This is my very first post! I think it’s very appropriate for it to be a DIY home decor post since that’s why ya’ll are here, right?! To thank everyone for checking out my page, I’m also attaching a free printable to the end of this post. So, if you’re itching for a project, here ya go! Please make sure to tag me on Instagram if you give it a shot so I can see your finished product! Anyways, lets jump right in shall we?
So first, gather your supplies: 4 pieces of trim (1/2″ and 3/4″ is what I used), staple gun, scissors, EXTRA STRENGTH magnets, hangers, tiny screw driver, & string. I had to purchase the trim, magnets, and hangers at Hobby Lobby, the rest I had on hand! You can get your printable printed at Staples.
My initial idea when making this frame was to use magnets, place one on each side of the wood trim and then when you flip the trim over top the paper, it would hold the paper in place and create “the frame.” Unfortunately, I grabbed the wrong magnets for the project so they weren’t strong enough to hold the trim pieces together through the paper. SO, for mine, I decided to use what I had on hand, which was a staple gun. This doesn’t bother me, because if I want to change the print I have hanging, I will just gently remove the staples and replace it with a new print! Easy peasy.
Anywho, the pieces of trim I got from Hobby Lobby came as full pieces, 36″ long and I needed them to be 18″ so I had Kyle cut them in half for me, making them just shy of 18″. Because of that you will need to trim the paper down just a smidge to make the frame the same size as the paper.
Once you have the wood trimmed down to size, decide which side looks the nicest and keep that for the front of the frame. On the back, attach the magnets at the edges. Do the same for the smaller “back piece” that you will put behind the paper.
When you have the magnets secured, find the top of your trim piece to screw in the hangers at each end. Face them in towards each other so that when you tie the string between them it will hang properly.
After you have the magnets attached, the hangers screwed in, and strung with string to the length you want, then you can trim your paper down using the 18″ wood piece as a guide.
Once trimmed, you will put the paper between the sides of trim, magnets on either side of the paper, top and bottom and wa-la! You have a super fast, easy, and inexpensive DIY poster frame to hang in your home!
Renter hack: If you are unable to nail into your walls, use command hooks to hang things up! They come in so many different varieties for everyone’s different styles!
Staple gun option: Instead of needing the 1/2″ and 3/4″ trim, you’ll only need one size depending on the thickness you want for the frame. Follow the steps as mentioned above for cutting down to size, and installing the hangers, instead of attaching the two sides of the magnets, simply staple the paper to the backside of the trim in three places on the top piece and the bottom piece.
I hope this tutorial helped you and you give it a try! I feel like it is a great beginner DIY and customize-able for a variety of styles! I left mine unstained (for now) but if you want to go for more of a rustic look, you can stain it.. Cottagey-chic, paint it white! You can also use different types of strings… add a rope for a nautical look! The possibilities are endless and I can’t wait to see what you come up with in your own homes! If you are more of a “walk through it with me” kinda person you can hop on over to my Instagram page and follow along in my story highlight labeled “Poster Frame.”
As promised, here is the FREE PRINTABLE so you too can have this cute print for your home.
Until next time,