Wednesday, April 25, 2018

A pretty artwork DIY for around ten dollars

It all started a few weeks ago, while wandering my favorite antique shop.  They had a huge basket with rolled up poster prints and I spied the dandelion one.  Dandelions will always make me think of my mama.  She LOVES them.  (And yes, this could be, because we used to pick all the dandelions from the yard and proudly bring them inside as though they were the best roses and she was a queen.) She always put them into pretty vases and thanked us profusely.  Now, my brother and I are adults and she still professes a love for these cheery golden weed/flowers.  Regardless, I loved this print and it kind of gave me heart flutters.  I especially loved the price, at five dollars.  I went back a couple of weeks later after thinking about where I might like to hang it and claimed my copy.

But then how to frame it... it was a bit of an odd size so I decided to use wood slats and twine.  Then it occurred to me that you might like to do this in your home as well, being such an inexpensive artwork idea so I thought I'd share the basics of how to do this with you today...

 Firstly, ignore my terrible looking hot glue gun.  It's old and tired.  Like me, on a Monday before coffee. (grin.)

You'll want a couple of eye hooks like I have in my hand, some wooden slats that are just a tad bit wider than your print, (I found mine at JoAnns for just a few dollars a piece), a hot glue gun and some twine to hang it. If you have things like twine or eye hooks on hand, it's an even less expensive project! Overall, this is a very simple project and I didn't snap a during photo because... hot glue gun... many burns and concentration.  (I'm a bad blogger, what can I say.) (ha!) 

What you'll basically be doing, is sandwiching the top and bottom edges of your poster, between the wood pieces, using a thin layer of hot glue.  Then you'll be screwing the eye hooks in and...hang and done. I found that starting with the bottom piece of wood when gluing, and then lining the top piece of wood over that makes it tidy and even.  Just work from the middle out, on either side and keep it level. (Which is much easier to do when you place a dot of glue in the center and start from that point.)

(Tip. I often press the wood around/over the places I want the hooks to go in, before gluing, to make a bit of an impression of where I will want them to go later.  Once glued to the poster, there is a small space in each slat of wood, where the hooks can easily then screw in.)

(If using eyehooks is too much, you can also just tie the twine around the ends and hang that way, totally skipping the hooks.  If you go with that look, you can skip another step and glue the wood slat to the front only, rather than front and back.  So simple!)
 You can see that it splits it just a bit, if you don't use a lot of glue, so more glue may be needed in these spots if the gap is too large.  (This was fine for my project.)
 Once hung, it makes a really fun and inexpensive art that can be changed out easily.

 The nice thing about this project, is that it can be done with any poster type prints.  You can also hang the wood slats only from the top if you prefer the way that looks. (Mine was rolled and needed some weight at the bottom so I did both the top and bottom.) 

Can you think of any rooms or spaces in your home, where a project like this might be a welcome addition?  Isn't it fun updating your home on a dime? 



  1. Great idea for a seasonal DIY. I have been wanting to put up some springy things in the house but don’t want to go out and buy “stuff”. Ya know? I am sure I have some things at the house I can use for this project. Wonder if a pretty piece of fabric would work.

  2. Ooohhh...the wheels are turning, now I love this idea! Oh...and dandelions...they bring to mind my childhood and Mom too.

  3. A very pretty pop of color. Great memory and choice.!

  4. That's great idea - plus the print is so cute! I have great childhood memories of dandelions

  5. My dad hung lots of things in our house using this method with semicircular dowel in the 1970s - takes me back! Including a painting he did of a big green apple hung by our dining table where he should have put a window when he designed the house ;) Love that print of yours.