Affordable DIY Poster Frames:
Over the years we manage to collect quite a bit of thing that holds a lot of significance in our lives. From paintings to collectibles to artifacts our quest to seek brings us many adventures and many of these collectibles have tall stories to tell. These find a place in our homes in the form of home décor, each narrating a new story. But maintaining these collectibles and putting them for display also incurs a lot of expenses in the form of frames and cabinets. Poster frames are one such that amass a lot of money.
Here is how you can curtail costs by making an affordable DIY poster frame:
For a poster print the size of 40” x 54”, below are the instructions to make a DIY poster frame for the same.
- Piece of 1/4″ plywood or any light wood like luan cut to the size of your art print. Cut to size at home with a circular saw or get it cut from the store.
- 3 – 1″ x 2″ x 8′ furring strips (Depending on the size of the print the number can vary)
- 20 feet of lattice molding (Depending on the size of the print the number can vary)
- Nail Gun
- Miter Saw or Miter Box and Saw
- Circular Saw (If you are cutting the plywood at home otherwise get the ply cut at the store)
- Spackling or Wood Putty
- Paint or Stain (as per your choice)
- Double-Sided Tape
- Small Corner Braces
- Picture Hanging Wire & Eye Screws
- Cut the plywood to the size of your art print. Lay the print on top of the plywood and trace around it with a pencil. Once done, cut the plywood along the traced line with a circular saw.
- Place the cut plywood on the ground and cut two pieces of 1″ x 2″ to the length of the plywood to make the vertical pieces on the frame.
- Place the vertical pieces on the plywood, measure the width from one end to another of the long piece of 1″ x 2″. Cut two more pieces of 1″ x 2″ according to size. These will make the horizontal pieces of the poster frame. Place all the pieces around the plywood and ensure they fit snugly.
- Nail the pieces together with a nail gun or just plain hammer and nails, at the corners of the wood.
- To make it super strong add wood glue to the edges along with nails.
- Using a miter saw, cut piece of lattice molding measuring 1″ x 2″ from end to end on a 45-degree angle.
- Place the pieces of cut wood on the top of the 1″ x 2″ frame in such a way that the long edge of the lattice molding flush is facing against the outside of the 1″ x 2″.
- Measure the distance between each piece of the vertical lattice molding that has been cut from end to end. At a 45 degree angle, cut two pieces of lattice molding of this measurement.
- Place all the pieces along with the 1″ x 2″ pieces and ensure they fit well, the lattice molding should fit perfectly outside the 1″ x 2″
- Nail the lattice molding onto the 1″ x 2″ frame ensuring that the molding is flush against the outside edges of the 1″ x 2″.
- Use wood putty or spackling to fill any holes.
- Use Paint or stain to give the poster frame color of choice. Allow the paint to dry.
- Mount your art print to the plywood with double-sided tape. Lay it face down in the frame. The lattice molding should be facing downwards.
- Take corner braces and screw them to the edges of the frame, in such a way that the braces push the plywood up against the lattice molding.
- Screw in the eye hooks onto the back of the frame. Put a hanging wire through them for hanging the frame.
Your affordable DIY poster frame is ready to be put on the wall.