Prettynerdypress.com sent me these ADORABLE posters to try out and I absolutely love them. You can find all of her posters here (really great ones for homeschool families in particular) I knew as soon as I felt how nice thick and smooth the paper quality was that I couldn’t put them inside a boring glass frame. So I asked Sara the owner what she suggested and she showed me this fun frame, check it out here. I promise I won’t be mad if you decide to just buy the frame and skip the tutorial, haha it really is a great deal. But if you are like me and resonate with this quote below, then read on my friend! Only kidding, hopefully it is worth your money and the memories you will create while making it. I know I had a great time including my kids in the whole process, so I hope you will give it a try as well.
Skip straight to the bottom after the supplies if you want to jump to the tutorial and skip pictures.
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I bought everything I needed at Lowe’s, from the wood, to the rope, the magnets, adhesive, stain…all of it! But I’ve added links if you want to find any of these items online as well.
- 4 thin pieces of wood cut to the length of your poster (I recommend an extra 1 1/2″ to hang off on each side, but that’s up to you!) I personally like to buy my wood at lowe’s or home depot so I can make sure it is not warped at all. They will also cut them for you at the store if you know what measurements you need. I would recommend 1/4″ thick X 1 1/2″ wide X whatever length you need.
- Thin rope of thicker twine to hand frame
- 8-12 strong magnets depending on how large your frame is
- Drill bit to make holes the size of your rope/twine
- Strong adhesive for attaching magnets
Measure in about 3/4 of an inch from your outside edge and be sure to use a drill bit just barely larger that the size of the rope you plan to use so that it will fit but also be snug. You only need to drill holes into your top front piece.
You will wipe off the excess stain with a lint free towel. If you want the stain lighter wipe it earlier, and if darker let it sit for a bit longer. Once your wood is dry (follow the instructions for your particular stain) you are ready to add your rope.
We are almost done! How fun is that poster?!
Oops…do not do what I did!
Make sure to glue your magnets on perfectly flat or they will not hold anything!
I learned this by hanging it up and the board falling right off 🙁
Just make sure to use a strong glue and keep them flat, like the pic below.
It should look like this instead.
A couple of tips when adding your magnets.
- Check the polarity of your magnets multiple times before gluing! Nothing worse than getting them all glued on and realizing they repel instead of attract.
- Make sure they are lined up on the same spots on the wood.
- Make sure you glue them on the correct side of the wood if you only stained one side.
- Use a strong magnet, and a strong glue. Hot glue “cool temp” did not hold well for me, but the hot temp glue sticks did. You can also try out a strong super glue or other strong adhesive.
Things I learned…
- Thinner wood is best because it is going to be lighter for the magnets to hold together.
- not all magnets are created equal! Use the strong ones, not the super thin kind.
- It’s a great project for the kids to help with! Even my 6 year old could do all of the steps wth supervision.
Step by Step:
- Cut boards to desired length (or get them cut at the hardware store and skip this step!
- measure 3/4″ down from the ends on one board and drill holes for your rope. Make sure your drill bit is just slightly larger than your rope so it will fit through.
- Stain your boards with a foam brush and wood stain. Or paint them if you prefer. let dry…
- Pull rope through the hole from the back side and tie a knot on the front. With sharp scissors trim rope close to knot. I also glued my rope down on the back side to help it lay flat.
- Add magnets ( at least 2 across and top and 2 across the bottom, but if it’s a larger frame use 3) Glue magnets on very flat so they will sit straight on top of each other and not at an angle like the photo shown above. Make sure to use a strong adhesive and strong magnets so it will not fall off over time. Check the polarity of your magnets a few times before gluing on! If your project goes anything like mine you will have little helping hands that are playing with the magnets while you work and you don’t want to glue them on in the wrong direction so that they repel one another ha!
- Once your glue is set you are done! Add your poster in and hang it up somewhere in your home 🙂