How to frame a poster

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Custom frames can be expensive, unless you make them yourself! I’ll show you how to frame a poster for under $10 in any size or color!

How to frame a poster

Finding the perfect poster to adorn your walls is only half the challenge. Don’t cheapen that amazing concert poster or art print by hanging it with sticky putty or a plastic frame! I’ll show you how to frame a poster for less than $10 with real wood that you can customize to any size and color.

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I’ve been working hard to make my son’s bedroom into the Pokemon paradise he desires. I started with a Pokemon Center to house all his plush friends. Then I created pokeball shaped curtain tie backs and an area rug. Now, his rolled-up Pokemon posters will finally go up on the wall!

Materials needed to make a poster frame

  • Poster
  • Two 1 x 2 boards
    • I like to use pre-primed fingerjoint trim boards because they’ve already been sanded down and primed for me.
    • Check that your boards are straight before purchasing!
  • 1 1/2″ wood screws
  • Countersink drill bit (optional)
  • Wood filler (optional)
  • Paint or stain
  • Staple gun
  • 1/4″ staples
  • Sawtooth picture hanger

How to Frame a Poster

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Determine the poster frame size

Start by measuring your poster. I’ll be framing two that are both 34″ x 22 1/4″. Subtract 1″ from each dimension to determine your interior frame size.

Decide which way you want your 1×2’s to face out from the wall. I went with a shadowbox effect by standing the 1×2’s on end to create a deeper frame. Add 1 1/2″ to the longer sides to cover the ends of the short boards. If you’re creating your frame with the wider side facing out, you’ll want to add 3″ instead.

How to frame a poster

I had my son calculate how many inches of wood we would need for one poster. See, kids? Math is useful outside of school!

How to frame a poster

Cut and predrill the boards

Cut two pieces for each length. You could use a handheld saw in a miter box, or even have this done at your home improvement store!

How to frame a poster

If you want to hide the screw heads, use a countersink drill bit to predrill holes. You can learn more about how to countersink screws here. Otherwise, regular pre-drilled holes are fine. Drill two on each end of the long pieces (I’m making two frames, which is why there are four pieces pictured below.)

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Assemble the frame

Line up all the pieces so the predrilled holes to into the ends of the undrilled sides. Make sure your corners are square and the edges are flush. I like to use clamps to hold everything in place while I’m joining pieces together.

How to frame a poster

Your frames should look like this when finished.

How to frame a poster

Sand and paint the frames

I wanted to hide my screws and seams so the poster frame looked like one solid piece. Use wood filler to cover up any holes or gaps, then sand everything smooth when dry.

You can skip this step if you like, especially if you’re staining your frame. “Stainable” wood filler sometimes takes stain differently than the wood, and will be obvious in your finished project.

How to frame a poster

Remove any sanding dust from your poster frame, then paint or stain. I went with basic white because there are a lot of colors going on in these Pokemon posters! Prop up the corners so you can paint all the way to the edge.

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Attach the poster to the back of the frame

When your paint or stain is dry, flip the poster frame over so the back is facing up. Lay your poster upside down on the frame, using tape to keep it in place. Staple around the perimeter with 1/4″ staples.

How to frame a poster

Attach a sawtooth picture hanger to the top, and hang it on the wall!

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Looking for these Pokemon posters for yourself? You can find the horizontal one here and the vertical one here.

I made a stained version of this poster frame a couple years ago. Just changing the finish gives the frame a whole new look!

Be your own custom framer

Getting artwork and photos framed and up on your wall can be painful, confusing and expensive. You’re either out hunting for a decent quality frame in just the right size, or paying an exorbitant amount and waiting weeks with a custom frame shop.

Now you can customize an affordable, gallery worthy frame that ships directly to your door in about one week.

How to frame a poster

We’re on a mission to make it more convenient, affordable and intuitive to custom frame posters, prints and photos. No need to leave the house or break the bank.

To get started, first let us know about the item you are framing by providing its dimensions to the nearest 1/8″. If more convenient, use the toggle in between the width and height controls to provide the measurements in centimeters.

Next, you’ll see your artwork dimensions represented onscreen and can preview different frame styles and mat combinations until you find the one that suits best.

Use the controls to change the profile color, frame width, mat border and mat color. Your preview will update dynamically as you scroll through various options.

We can even suggest an optimal “Golden Ratio” configuration if you are unsure. How to frame a poster

If you’d like to preview your print or poster inside the frame, click on the “Preview Artwork” button that is just above the different frames styles and alongside the “Golden Ratio.”

And for a second opinion, you can click on “Get Feedback” to share your framing choice with friends or family before purchasing.

Frame from home in 15 minutes or less

The final frame is handcrafted and shipped to your door within a week. When it arrives, simply follow the instructions to insert your artwork and mount the frame on the wall using the included hardware.

If you prefer, we can frame artwork for you in our studio. When you select the In-Studio option, we can provide packaging and postage for sending your items in. We’ll frame everything perfectly and send it all back ready to hang.

Learn more about the best custom framing method for you.

Custom frame shop quality for a fraction of the price

Our frames are available in a variety of colors and custom finishes.

Acid-free archival mats, UV blocking glaze and eco-friendly finishes protect your art and round out the gallery look.

All of our museum-quality materials are selected based on their quality and sustainability, and every framing project is handcrafted here in the U.S.

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The highest level of customization you can find online

Our online frame designer puts you in control of each frame you customize.

Not only can you choose the frame style that best matches your artwork, you can adjust the width of the profile to best suit the size of the piece or style you are going for.

A thinner profile can look more sleek and contemporary, while a thicker one provides a more traditional look and provides more sturdiness on larger prints and photos.

You can also adjust the size of the matting around your image, and even decide to float mount your artwork.

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Finally, we offer a number of different acrylic glaze types. This is the final step when customizing your frame.

A standard framer’s grade acrylic is fine for most artwork provided you won’t be hanging your frame in direct sunlight, but you can elect to add UV-protection or one of our glazes that cuts down on glare and reflections.

If you want the absolute best in glazing, we can even add Optium Museum Acrylic, which is incredibly light, nearly invisible and trusted by museums worldwide to protect against fading and UV ray damage.

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From concert prints to the dreamiest of dreamboats, your walls are a way for you to hang up your best, your favorites and to spread your personality throughout your bedroom or your entire home. Thankfully, there are more ways than one to do do. Check out these 22 DIY poster frames and how to decorate your space with them.

1. Pallet

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Spoonful of Imagination has a great tutorial for creating a wood pallet post frame! Maps, vintage posters and the like will pop right off the walls with this DIY.

2. Vintage

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Hop on over to Chris Loves Julia to find out how to create a charming vintage poster frame right at home! How stylish and fun would a gallery wall be made of various size frames?

3. Tape

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Design Sponge took tape and made it work! Use washi or painter’s tape to create larger scale frames for your posters. It’s easy, it’s fun and you can do so many different styles this way.

How to frame a poster

If you’re looking for an easy and inexpensive way to frame your favorite posters and prints, visit Urban Acreage for the details on this one!

5. Scrap Wood

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Curbly has another DIY using scrap wood as the foundation. Follow the tutorial and add a bit of paint to the mix for a pop of color if you’d like!

6. Spray Paint

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Even spray paint could transform a poster frame in a pinch. Refined Chaos did it in mere minutes and the finished product is perfect.

7. Pressed Glass

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Follow along with this YouTube video as you learn how to make one of these beautiful, pressed glass frames. Showcase maps, music, book pages and more with one of these pieces.

8. Marquee

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Two Thirty-Five Designs made this special, movie marquee poster that we are absolutely drooling over. And this may be my personal favorite of the bunch.

9. Plexiglass

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Over at Food 52, you’ll learn how to make a super chic and snazzy poster frame that involves a plexiglass finish. Take a look after the jump!

10. Simple

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The Handyman’s Daughter made this super simple DIY poster frame and we’re in love. Just check out how to utilize some wood and create something new!

11. Acrylic

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City Suburb Sanity made these gorgeous – and budget-friendly – floating acrylic poster frame and we’ve absolutely fallen in love. Check out the details!

12. Rustic

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Check out Knick of Time For this tutorial! You’ll learn how to create a thick and rustic poster frame that will hold anything from prints to seed bags!

13. Classroom

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Run over to Design Mom and grab the details for creating these vintage-inspired, classroom poster frames that you home or … classroom … will love!

14. Hangers

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Of course, some hangers could always do the trick. Use By Fryd as a means of beautiful and eclectic inspiration for your walls and posters!

15. Clipboards

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Love Grows Wild made some photo clipboards that are also perfect for displaying posters – just make them on a larger scale. We love them in hallways or stairwells!

16. Clips

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Are you not in love with the innovation and simplicity of this clipped frame from Junkaholique? It’s perfect for both modern and more industrial styles.

17. Twine

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Here’s another hanging DIY poster frame that we’re in love with. Lay Baby Lay Added some twine to their design and we’re swooning for it!

18. Large-Scale

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Design Sponge has a DIY that works well with larger-scale posters or prints. Hop on over and check out the simple tutorial.

19. Copper

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If you want something extra, outside-the-box then you”ll want to go to Curbly and learn the ins and outs of how to create these copper frames.

20. Tassels

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Similar to some others on the list, this hanging poster frame is special because of its tassels! My Poppet knows how to make and add special details.

21. Lines

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Create a modern clothesline like the one you see here featured over at Apartment Therapy. Your posters will be on chic display for everyone who comes on in!

22. Wooden

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Similar to the vintage poster frame above, Snaps has a great tutorial for this simplistic and easy wooden frame we’re swooning for. Perfect for prints and posters of all sizes!

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Thank you very much! A great article with helpful ideas/information. I happen to have hangers I ordered and a box of the clips to use for skirts or pants that are not in use. (I ordered too many.) I need to frame/hang 20-13×19 posters and that idea is perfect! I had mat boards in my cart to the tune of $69 but didn’t want to spend the money. The posters are inspirational quotes for my workout room. I also like the Japanese washi tape idea, too. Looked into that but discarded the idea since I’d still have to spend money. Well, I’ve already bought those hangers and the clips so I can use them. This article made my day!

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How to frame a poster

How to frame a poster

How to frame a poster

This DIY picture frame is so easy to make. No sawing or power tools required. It looks great and is such an affordable option, especially for framing large prints! Follow the step-by-step tutorial to learn how to make your own.

How to frame a poster

Hello friends! Do you struggle to find picture frames that you love AND can afford? I know I do, especially when it comes to framing large art and photos. A couple of years ago I showed you how to create your own large-scale art for around $10.00. And I have several tutorials for how to make art/picture frames, like this one that uses 1 x 2 pine boards or this one that uses reclaimed wood. But both of those require power tools. Well, now I am SUPER excited to show you how to frame any artwork or pictures without any sawing or cutting AND for less than $20!

The best thing about this DIY picture frame tutorial is that literally, anyone can do it! You do not need any power tools. You don’t even need a hand saw. You do need a heavy-duty stapler, but you could probably even do without that in a pinch! I am going to show you how to create a DIY picture frame for large-scale art (but you can certainly use this same method to make most any size frame)!

I love large scale graphic art for many reasons. Most importantly, I love it because it allows you to decorate a large wall for very, very little money. But, as cheaply as you can make the prints themselves, I discovered that framing them out could be expensive or challenging for people to do themselves. NOT ANYMORE! I have discovered the easiest secret in the whole world for doing this yourself with very little money and even less effort.

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How to Make a DIY Picture Frame Without Any Power Tools

If you would like a free printable for this project, just click the image below 🙂

Supplies Needed for DIY Picture Frame

  • Heavy duty stapler
  • DAP Rapid Fuse
  • Paint or stain and paint brushes
  • Canvas stretcher bars (I purchased mine at Hobby Lobby–the 36″ bars were $3.99 and the 48″ bars were $4.99).
  • Eye hooks
  • Picture hanging wire
  • An art print (you can find the exact print that I framed here)

Steps to Make DIY Picture Frame

1) Paint or stain your canvas stretcher bars. For this particular frame, I used Enchanted Evening by Clark+Kensington. After it dried, I used some Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint in Relic (a dark gray color) to dry brush some gray color on for added texture and interest.

How to frame a poster

2) Flip your painted canvas stretcher bars over after the paint has dried. Then assemble your frame by gluing and pushing the corners together. It could not be easier! I used DAP Rapid Fuse to glue the corners of the frame together.

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How to frame a poster

How to frame a poster

3) After the glue dries ( DAP Rapid Fuse dries super quickly–it’s one of the things I love most about it), place your photo or print inside the back of the frame and staple it in place. You can see how we mount our large prints in this post.

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4) Screw small eye hooks on the backside of each vertical piece of your frame and then run your picture hanging through both eyes, leaving a generous amount of excess wire so that you can twist the excess wire around the ends to secure it in place.

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That’s it! I told you that was easy, huh? Check out the final product! With the print AND frame, this huge 36 x 48-inch art came in right at $30.

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How to frame a poster

If you are looking for affordable large print options to put in a frame like this, be sure to check out my printable art shop. You can even find that exact print that is hanging in our dining room here, but there are soooo many more options. You buy the digital print and can have them printed as large as 36″ x 48″ for less than $10 each. It’s a crazy affordable way to get the look of high-end art.

You can click here to see my entire inventory. This has been my wall art passion project for a while, and I just love sharing my creations with my readers.

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How To Frame A Beautiful Poster

How To Frame A Beautiful Poster

Try this easy and affordable DIY today!

How To Frame A Beautiful Poster

How to frame a poster

How To Frame A Beautiful Poster

How to frame a poster

How to frame a poster

Professional framing is costly, so, it was never an option for this poster. But with a quick search online, I knew that it could be framed out. This made for the perfect DIY project; easy, affordable, and quick! Three of my favorite words in the English language. How To Frame A Beautiful Poster

How to frame a poster

How to frame a poster

HOW TO DIY A POSTER

SUPPLIES

  • Wood Finish – I used Miniwax Provincial Stain
  • Elmer’s Glue Stick
  • 1 ¼” x 12’ Wood Molding
  • Twine
  • Old Rags
  • 2 Flat thumb tacks – not shown
  • Gloves – not shown

How To Frame A Beautiful Poster

How to frame a poster

How to frame a poster

INSTRUCTIONS

Cut the wood down into two pieces to the width of your poster. Keep all unused molding for future DIY’s. Using the rag, dip a small amount of stain onto the rag and rub it into the wood. Cover both sides. Allow to dry thoroughly.

When the wood is dry, rub glue onto one side of the wood then lay the top of the poster on it. Press down firmly. Do the same thing to the bottom with the remaining piece of wood. Allow to thoroughly dry. How To Frame A Beautiful Poster

How to frame a poster

How to frame a poster

On the back of the top part of the picture, push the thumb tacks about ½ of the way into the wood , each one about 4 – 5″ from the edge.

Finally, cut about 18” of twine, and wrap each end around the thumb tacks, tying a small knot to secure. How To Frame A Beautiful Poster

How to frame a poster

How to frame a poster

How to frame a poster

How to frame a poster

The finished poster was hung on a vintage door, with a summery vignette setup underneath it. An old market basket, stacked vintage books , this upcycled bread board, and faux flowers mixed in with cuttings from the peach tree. How To Frame A Beautiful Poster

How To Frame A Beautiful Poster

How To Frame A Beautiful Poster

Try this easy and affordable DIY today!

How To Frame A Beautiful Poster

How to frame a poster

How To Frame A Beautiful Poster

How to frame a poster

How to frame a poster

Professional framing is costly, so, it was never an option for this poster. But with a quick search online, I knew that it could be framed out. This made for the perfect DIY project; easy, affordable, and quick! Three of my favorite words in the English language. How To Frame A Beautiful Poster

How to frame a poster

How to frame a poster

HOW TO DIY A POSTER

SUPPLIES

  • Wood Finish – I used Miniwax Provincial Stain
  • Elmer’s Glue Stick
  • 1 ¼” x 12’ Wood Molding
  • Twine
  • Old Rags
  • 2 Flat thumb tacks – not shown
  • Gloves – not shown

How To Frame A Beautiful Poster

How to frame a poster

How to frame a poster

INSTRUCTIONS

Cut the wood down into two pieces to the width of your poster. Keep all unused molding for future DIY’s. Using the rag, dip a small amount of stain onto the rag and rub it into the wood. Cover both sides. Allow to dry thoroughly.

When the wood is dry, rub glue onto one side of the wood then lay the top of the poster on it. Press down firmly. Do the same thing to the bottom with the remaining piece of wood. Allow to thoroughly dry. How To Frame A Beautiful Poster

How to frame a poster

How to frame a poster

On the back of the top part of the picture, push the thumb tacks about ½ of the way into the wood , each one about 4 – 5″ from the edge.

Finally, cut about 18” of twine, and wrap each end around the thumb tacks, tying a small knot to secure. How To Frame A Beautiful Poster

How to frame a poster

How to frame a poster

How to frame a poster

How to frame a poster

The finished poster was hung on a vintage door, with a summery vignette setup underneath it. An old market basket, stacked vintage books , this upcycled bread board, and faux flowers mixed in with cuttings from the peach tree. How To Frame A Beautiful Poster

How do I frame my art prints? A question I’m asked repeatedly. In this post I’ll tell you my favourite ways to frame prints and the questions you should consider when deciding on how to frame your art print.

How to frame a poster

These are some questions to consider before making the decision on how to frame your artwork:

What material do I want for my frame?

Which colour do I want the frame to be?

Do I want a passepar-tout around the print or do I want the edges of the paper to be visible?

What size should the frame be?

Before we delve into each question I want to emphasize that going to a good picture framer who will help you choose the right durable materials and custom frame for your precious art piece is very important. Never use anything but acid free materials for framing your art print! I frame my prints at Ninris Ramverk here in Stockholm and couldn’t be happier with the result.

1. WHAT MATERIAL DO I WANT FOR MY FRAME?

The most common materials are wood or metal. Metal frames can be thinner than wooden ones. I prefer wooden frames because of the texture. The perfect frame for me would be a wooden frame, as thin as possible without rounded corners. If you prefer the look and texture of wood, go for that option. If you want a frame that is as thin as possible, choose metal.

2. WHICH COLOUR DO I WANT THE FRAME TO BE?

Frames come in a variety of colours. For the black and white graphic style of my art I would go for black or white. When choosing colour always consider the wall where you’re going to hang your print. Also consider if there any other paintings close by that have frames in a certain colour or shape. How will the wall, the paintings and the furniture in the room form a harmonious entity?

A black frame will be more accentuated and if the artwork is more on the light side with a lot of white space then I would choose black. On the other hand if you prefer a very light subtle style, then a white frame is a good option. When the image has a lot of black areas or rectangular form, white is a nice option. With that said, black or white, you can’t make a bad choice here.

3. DO I WANT A PASSEPAR-TOUT OR DO I WANT THE EDGES OF THE PAPER TO BE VISIBLE?

A passepartout, or picture mount, is an acid free cardboard with a cut out slightly bigger than the image that is mounted on the print. When choosing a passepartout, be careful that the colour goes well with the colour of the print paper.

The paper that I use for my prints has a rough upper and lower edge which I really like. So instead of a passepartout I prefer to mount the print on black or white cardboard. The print is mounted with a small space to the cardboard which gives it a nice floating effect. When mounting on a white cardboard, as with the passepartout, be careful of the nuance of the cardboard. Make sure that the tape and the cardboard used is acid free and will not get yellow with time.

Passepartout or not, it’s really up to you. A passepartout will have a more painting like feeling to it or mounted on cardboard will show off the rough edges and the water mark on the paper. When using a black frame the passepartout or background cardboard can be black or white. With a white frame, stick to white.

When framing with the print mounted on a cardboard you want to choose a frame with some depth, a so-called box frame. A picture framer will have them in different depths and will guide you through all the questions and help you make the right decisions for you.

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