Hanging Poster Frame DIY Tutorial

After having some family photos printed, I had in mind using a poster hanging kit of sorts. They were selling online for $20 each, and with my three prints, I was hoping for a less pricey option. This is what I came up with, and I’m happy to report, it cost me $4. It’s not as fancy, and definitely a humbler version, but it does the job and was super easy to make.


I painted a favorite quote on some large craft paper. I plan on changing it regularly to reflect the season, and this is the perfect framing option as it is reusable.


  • One picture/poster/ painting
  • Two pieces of molding, cut to size
  • A stapler
  • One piece of decorative string/ribbon/twine


Step 1: I made a trip to Lowes and picked out a piece of window molding that caught my eye. This is the fun part because you can customize your frame based off of your personal preferences. There were light woods, dark, stained, detailed, white washed, crown molding, the list goes on and on. I measured my photos before I left the house (all were 12″) and all I had to do was bring my piece of molding (One piece of 7′ long window molding was $2.98) to the employee running the saw, and he cut it to size in about three minutes. *Note: When I was framing my family photos, I wanted the posters to come right up to the edge of the molding with very little left over. BUT with the painted quote example, I used trim that was longer than the painting itself because I plan on reusing the frame later and my winter picture is much bigger*



Step 2: Starting with the BOTTOM piece, center your picture against your trim and place a staple on both ends and also the middle. Do this to the top, but when placing the edge staples, also tack down your string at this time.


You don’t need a super fancy/ powerful stapler. I used a mini craft stapler that I’ve had since high school.




Step 3: Find a place for your newly framed picture. And when you want to change it up, all you have to do is remove the staples and you can rotate your art. The only caveat with this option, is that it does place holes in your picture (tiny staple holes, but holes nonetheless). So if you have any pictures that you don’t want damaged, this may not be the best option. I’m working on a magnetic version of this frame, which won’t permanently damage your pictures. Stay tuned.


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