large framed art | tutorial

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

I'm still working on pulling Sam's big boy room together.  I had been on the look out for a large piece of art to put over his bed, but kept coming up empty handed.  Not that I wasn't finding anything, there's plenty, but everything I loved was way more than I wanted to spend.  So, I made my own and am loving it!

What you'll need:
  • An image of your choice printed onto a Peel and Stick Fabric Poster from SnapboxSnapbox has a bunch of sizes to choose from and they ship super fast!  My image was a printable I purchased on Etsy.  You can find it here.  I asked the seller to resize it for me so it would fit my poster dimensions.  
  • Thin piece of plywood for the backing.  The home improvement store cut it down for me for free.  You'll want it to be about a half inch larger on all sides than your poster.
  • 1x2's for the frame
  • primer, paint and brush
  • compound miter saw or miter box and saw
  • air stapler, brad nailer, or finishing nails and hammer (I used an air stapler).

STEP ONE:  Attach the sticky poster to the plywood by peeling back just the top of the backing.  Work your way down slowly and smooth out the poster as you go so you don't get bubbles.  It's kind of like wallpapering.  

STEP TWO:  If you have any overlay, trim it down.  I did because I wanted my finished art to be a little shorter.  I used a flat edge and a box cutter to trim mine.

STEP THREE:  Miter cut the 1x2's for the frame and dry fit them.

STEP FOUR:  Prime and paint the frame pieces.

STEP FIVE:  To attach the frame pieces, lay them out face side down, place the plywood art side down, and staple into place from the back.  I started with the top 1x2 first, making sure it was perfectly lined up before moving onto the side pieces and finally the bottom piece.

If some of your corners don't come together tightly (like one of mine) you can shoot another staple in from the top of the mitered corner to pull it together.  Just fill with wood putty, sand, and touch up with paint.

STEP SIX:  Attach your hanging hardware to the back.  I placed mine close to the outside so I could use a longer screw without worrying about it going through the art.

STEP SEVEN:  Hang that puppy up and enjoy!

There are several things I love about this project:
  • You can use any image.  A photograph, printables, etc.
  • Make it whatever size you need.
  • There's no need for glass or plexi, so it saves you money! (One quote I got for plexi/acrylic was $75.  About died.) 
  • The poster is made from a linen substrate so you can actually wipe it down with a soft damp rag if it gets dirty.  Again saving you from needing a plexi/acrylic/glass front.
From these photos you can see I've got Sam's bed painted!  I don't have the whole thing put together yet.  Just the headboard sitting against the wall.  I'm hoping to get the side rails and a support made for it this weekend so I can get the footboard attached.  I'll post on it when it's completed, but until then, I'll keep ya updated on Instagram!

Moon art file source - found here through Etsy (if unavailable, another source here)

Disclosure - I was provided the Peel & Stick Poster from SnapBox, but all opinions are my own!


  1. It looks fabulous Shelley and I can't wait to check out this peel and stick source!!

  2. I love this so much. I really need to work on my kids room.

  3. Love this! Makes such a bold statement. And i didn't know about peel and stick posters - genius!

  4. Will you share the poster dimensions? ox


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