For a few years now, I’m looking for the perfect map or botanical poster to hang on my walls. Most of the time they’re way overpriced or they’re too far away to go and buy. So, I decided to make myself some wooden magnetic poster frames to mimic the look of the good old botanical posters. And guess what, it’s super easy!
The only things you’ll need to make your own magnetic poster frame are:
- wooden slats – I bought two in Oak, measuring 240cm and being 3 cm wide
- a saw
- a drill (optional)
- glue (I used super glue)
Step one: cutting the wood
First of we start by cutting the wooden slats into pieces. For every magnetic poster frame you’ll need four wooden slats (two for the top, two for the bottom). If you have a certain piece in mind you want to frame you can take this measurement for the length of the slats, but I didn’t have any artwork in mind, so I just made frames for a standing A4 size and a standing A3 (or a horizontal A4). I also made a very large poster frame, for my enormous butterfly print (not pictured here :p).
Remember: measure twice, cut once!
Step two: get the drill out!
Next, you’ll want to measure where to drill your holes for your twine. If you don’t have a drill: no problem! You can wrap your twine around the slats or you can use some (hot) glue and simply glue the twine to the slats.
Step three: placing the magnets
We’re first going to determine where you want your magnets and how many you want to use. I put three on each part of the frame for the A4 and five on the frame for the A3 sized poster. I recommend using a little more than you think, although a lot depends on the strength of the magnets.
Glue one part of your magnets to one side of the frame. Position the opposite magnet on the already glued one, put some glue on the top one and carefully place the second slat on top of the magnets on the first slat of wood. Now you’ve finished the top part of the frame, repeat for the bottom part.
Remember: you need to put magnets on both side of the frame to be able to sandwich your print between them, plus you need them for the upper and bottom part of the frame. Make sure you buy enough.
Step four: adding twine
We’re almost finished! We only need to add the twine to the top set of slats of the poster frame. Either you put your twine through the holes you drilled earlier or you glue it on the inside of the slats.
Step five: adding artwork
Carefully place your artwork on one side of the magnetic poster frame and place the other side on top of it, sandwiching it in between the magnets (consider cleaning the magnets first, mine actually made black spots on one of my prints). Voila, you’re finished! Hang it on the wall and admire your handiwork. 🙂
I absolutely love the look of these frames, especially considering they’re super easy to make. I also made a bigger magnetic poster frame for a gigantic butterfly poster I bought in IKEA once and it also works for big posters (although I didn’t put the bottom part on the poster, because of the extra weight it ads).
What do you think? Easy enough and good looking, yes?
Costs: wooden slats – 2 x €5; magnets – 3 x €2 (12 magnets p.p.); twine – left over from an earlier project; Locktite Super Glue – €9