Just in case you think that everything is squared away here at Thistlewood?

Last year I left my Christmas wreath on the front door so long that birds built a nest in it.

Truth.

One minute I was opening the door to carolers and the next? I was watching a mama bird feed her chicks.

I learned my procrastination lesson and the Christmas wreaths are all packed away this year. But the house is always ready for birds and nests. I love decorating with them for spring. Instead of my Christmas wreath, this time they are on a vintage reproduction poster. All kinds of birds and all kinds of nests and dozens of speckled eggs.

Posters like these are SO AFFORDABLE. You can find them so many different places and they are usually under $10. I actually did a little research for us and found over a dozen of them featuring everything from fruit to flowers butterflies to frogs and I’m sharing them at the end of the post.

But how do you decorate with a poster?

You can frame it under glass (kind of expensive).

You can tape it to the wall (Shaun Cassidy I’m looking at you).

Or you can make your own super inexpensive frame in minutes.

Just. Like. This.

Here’s the finished frame project in my kitchen.

You may have seen it peeking through when I shared my topiary kitchen island here.

If you are wondering what it’s hanging on? That’s a vintage pool cue that I found at a thrift store. It was turned into a chalkboard years ago.

I fell in love with this poster when I saw it. I also have a vintage Christmas tree one that I put up on the same chalkboard at Christmastime with vintage Christmas trees on it.

And now that I found so many different options for these posters, I’m going to order this flower poster for the summer.

Posters like this one are SO AFFORDABLE (most of them are under $10) and with a couple of wood slats and some sticky tape, you can make a frame for them in under 30 minutes.

Here’s the how-to.

EDITED TO ADD THE MOST AMAZING THING:

(First of all—this is why I LOVE writing this blog—you all are SO MUCH smarter than me and have the BEST IDEAS. After I wrote this post. After I did the DIY. Someone commented in the comments that there’s a kit you can buy for the posters with magnets on each side. 

An EVEN easier DIY.

So I researched the options and found this option to frame a poster with magnets.

You can see it in the size needed for these posters here.

How to Frame a Poster

22″ x 1″ wood slat

thick foam double-sided tape

jute twine

vintage poster (I’ve linked over 24 different options here)

Step 1: Choose the poster and flatten it

Before you frame the poster, you’ll want to make sure that your poster is completely flat.

You can place it under several heavy books to flatten it or even just leave it out flat on a counter or table.

It kind of has a way of flattening itself.

Step 2: Cut wood slats

You may have wood slats in your workshop—if not you can find them at the local hardware store.

I also found them on Amazon, but they came in large bundles of them and we only need two.

These wood slats measure 22″ long.

You’ll want to cut the slats about 1 1/2″ longer than the width of the poster.

Step 3: Add tape

Now at this point in the directions you may be wondering—why tape?

You could use glue, but it will damage the poster and pieces of the poster will pull away if you ever want to “unframe” it.

You could also staple it to the wood, but I was worried about damage to the poster, too.

So instead? I came up with the idea of using double-sided super sticky foam tape.

I actually tore the tape in half and added pieces to the slat.

I started about an 1 1/2″ in from each side (the width of the poster) and added the tape.

We are going to tape the poster to the wood slats. I was able to remove the tape from the poster without damaging it if I was very careful.

Step 4: Press the wood in place

Now that you have the tape on the wood?

Flip the poster over and press it in place.

Repeat all the steps with both sides of the poster.

Step 5: Wrap jute twine around both sides

Cut a piece of twine about 24″ long.

Wrap the edge of the jute twine around one edge, tie it in place and repeat for the other side, knotting securely.

Be sure and leave enough twine in the center to hang the poster.

That’s it.

See how easy?

A poster like this makes the perfect large piece of art without breaking the bank.

And the best part?

Birds on a poster like this are so much better than birds in my wreath. 🙂

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Comments

  1. Image for Sharon Sharon

    Cute idea! I can relate to the birds in your wreath. I get them every year when I hang my spring wreath on my front door. I love birds, but what a mess!

  2. Image for Laurie Schroeder Laurie Schroeder

    Love this idea! Also, I laughed out loud, as a Shaun Cassidy poster was taped to the back of my bedroom door. 💕

  3. Image for Wendi Wendi

    Love this idea! I think I am going to use 2 slats on each end sandwiching the poster in between them, I will drill holes in the slats and use decorative screws or fasteners to hold the poster.

    1. Image for Jodena Beale Jodena Beale

      Just wanted you to know. You can drill indented holed, superglue magnets in the indented holes. and the two slats will hold tight against each other. Just a suggestion.

  4. Image for ann ann

    At least paint the wooden strips Craft paint or stain it or use an appropriate color of glazing. What a better quality of rope or string?

  5. Image for Kat Kat

    Great ideas! Thanks for the links. Thinking I must be a little older than you...David Cassidy and Bobby Sherman adorned my walls. ;)

  6. Image for Kris Kris

    Nah, Parker Stevenson was way cuter. Just sayin'. 🤣 I love your poster and this is a great idea! You're right about taking the time to flatten it out--makes all the difference in the world.

  7. Image for JC JC

    Easy peasy perfection, friend! Thanks for sharing and yes, I too had a Shaun Cassidy poster taped on my bedroom wall. I think it was lifesize.🤣

  8. Image for Peg Peg

    Love this!! I have a similar item that I purchased and each slat holds a magnet so the print is sandwiched between them. xoxo

  9. Image for LisaH LisaH

    Hello! I love your poster and there are some others you’ve linked that are nice too. Layering over the chalkboard gives the illusion of a frame, which makes the whole idea work just right. I have a hint for flattening paper of any kind - a dry iron on low heat. If you’re worried about damaging the paper, use a thin tea towel as a press cloth. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used this method. And nope, I’ve never scorched the paper. Hope you like it.

  10. Image for Betsy Betsy

    I’ve done this several times over the years. Every time I see yet another beautiful paper from Cavallini I can’t resist!

  11. Image for Dotti Dotti

    I love the bird and nest poster that you have in your home. But the one in the link is not the same. Can you share where yours came from? Thanks!

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