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How to make a magnetic poster frame

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!

How to make a magnetic poster frame

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)
  • twine
  • magnets
  • glue (I used super glue)

How to make a magnetic poster frame

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!

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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.

How to make a magnetic poster frame

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.

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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.

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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. 🙂

How to make a magnetic poster frameHow to make a magnetic poster frame

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?

How to make a magnetic poster frame

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

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  • Reply Mariska April 27, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Super gaaf idee! Vind het echt mooi geworden 😀

  • Reply April 27, 2016 at 11:35 am

    Superleuk gedaan! Van waar heb je de posters? Echt tof! 🙂

    • Reply plutomeisje April 27, 2016 at 6:43 pm

      De rechtse zat een paar maand geleden bij Flow magazine en de linkse maakte ik zelf voor een schoolopdracht. 🙂

  • Reply Le petit requin April 27, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Leuk idee en heel mooi uitgevoerd! Ik heb op zich niets met botanische posters, maar de laatste tijd kom ik af en toe in een winkeltje waar een poster hangt met mooie tekeningen van groenten. En nu wil ik die dus ook in huis, want zoo mooi! 🙂

  • Reply Sanne May 15, 2016 at 11:51 am

    Wat is dit super fijn! Het ziet er zo goed uit 🙂 echt knap dat je er zo zelf mee aan de slag gaat, heel leuk :).
    En wauw, ik lees in een comment dat je dit linker ook nog eens zelf hebt gemaakt! Nice!
    Ah en die foto met het kastje eronder met al die mooie spulletjes erop, wat een fijn plaatje ook zeg 🙂

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