How-To: Vintage Looking Frames for Posters

A long time ago, I picked up a poster designed by Charles Spencer Anderson at a paper fair that I promptly stashed away, waiting to find the perfect place to hang it. Finally I’ve found a place that is in my kids’ nursery, but how to frame it and another vintage poster? I thought about getting a custom frame made, but that would be expensive. I thought about making a custom frame, but the time needed overwhelmed my four-hour-of-sleep-a-night self. So during a 2 a.m. feeding I browsed Pinterest and found something I liked over on another blog and vowed to make something similar, but a little more crisp and modern.

Here’s the supplies:

Vintage Frame Materials

1. Sweet vintage posters. Mine were free and $0.50.
2. Two pieces of lattice cut to 1″ longer than your poster’s width. I purchased mine from Home Depot for $0.39 a foot for a total of about $2.00 per poster. You can stain and polyurethane yours, but that’s optional. I kind of wish I hadn’t. Oh well.
3. #6 x 3/8″ screws. About $2.00.
4. Felt pads. The thinner and cheaper the better. About $2.00.
5. Baker’s twine. Mine was from the Target dollar bin. $1.00.
Total: About $10.00 for two posters!

I kind of want to shout that total from the rooftops. Keep in mind this isn’t archival quality. But I’m ok with that because one day I’ll probably find something more permanent when child #2 sleeps through the night and I’m not a zombie.

Here’s the process:

1. Drill four holes through each lattice strip that will be on the back of your frame. Place them .5″ from the sides and two in the middle towards the top. Use a bit that’s the same size as the shaft of your screw.Frame Screws

2. Adhere some felt pads to the middle of your lattice strip. Without these, your posters will probably slip out and you will curse.

Frame Pads3. Screw together your lattice strips. You should clamp the two strips together to ensure they line up nicely. I didn’t because I was too lazy to find the box that contained our clamps. You will need to apply some pressure to get the screw to bite into the lattice strip without the pilot hole. Twist until the head of the screw is tight and the strips are held tightly together.

Frame Screws4. Staple in baker’s twine (or whatever you want to hang the frames with) towards the top of the lattice strip. I used a staple gun and 1/4″ staples.

Frame String5. Hang on the wall and admire how quickly and cheaply you finally got artwork up in your room instead of having it curled up in a box.

Frame Final

Frames After

Seeing her and her paint by number hairdo makes my day.

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