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abeautifulmess.com · Mar 3, 2016

DIY Poster Hanger

I am forever hunting for simple, unique solutions for hanging large photos. These gold corner frames are my favorite so far. Otherwise I've been a little noncommittal about hanging photos up until this point. But these walls aren't going to decorate themselves... It's time to get busy!

Today I'm excited to team up with Canon USA to share a fun, budget-friendly, EASY solution for creating a cute DIY frame. You can make them in any size and wood stain to fit your unique vibe.

Ready, set, go!

-14" long wood strips that are 1 1/2" wide by 1/2" thick (x4) (either have your pieces cut at a home improvement store or cut to size with a jig saw)
-3/4" wood screws or nails
-small eye screws (x2)
-wood stain and rags
-leather cord
-Canon PIXMA iP8720 Crafting Printer

First you'll want to print your photo. I printed mine the largest I could—13x19"—on my PIXMA iP8720. To get the most out of the page and the largest possible print, you'll want to ensure you're selecting borderless printing in the print options. I can't say enough about how well this printer handles black and white photos—really captures the contrast of the photo.

Begin by using the wood stain and rags to stain the wood whatever shade you desire (you may need more than one coat to get the best color). You could also paint the wood. You'll need two wood pieces for the bottom hanger and two for the top part of the hanger. On the back piece of the top hanger, screw in two eye screws about 1 1/2" from either edge.

Take your printed poster (face down) and sandwich the bottom of the poster between the two bottom pieces of your hanger. Use three nails or screws to attach the two pieces of wood together from the back side, but make sure you are attaching them in a spot that will go through the poster as well so that the wood doesn't just fall off the bottom when you lift it up. If you don't plan on changing out the photo in the future, then it's easier to use nails, but if you think you'll want to take the hangers apart and change the photo, then I would use screws.

Repeat the process with the top two hanger pieces, attach a piece of leather cord to the eye screws to create a loop to hang your frame from, and you are ready to hang your frame!

Who wants to make one this weekend?

I think they would also look super cute in a row of three in a hallway. Maybe with white wood and gold cord? Customize it to your heart's desire and be sure to tag us at #ABMcrafty when you make one! xx- Elsie

Author: Elsie Larson. Photography and Project Assistant: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Actions.

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