Use these pretty DIY vintage poster frames to create unique wall art for your home
A few months ago I shared a set of six free printable vintage botanical prints. As I mentioned in the post, I originally made the prints to create a gallery wall for a huge, blank wall in our living room.
Well, a week after I made that post, I went about creating my gallery wall. I framed the prints in simple black frames and spent what felt like a million years getting the frames aligned…only to realise that I hated the way the black frames looked.
With the frames still on the wall as a reminder of my dumbass decorating decisions (of which I have made plenty), I spent close to a week staring at my fail, trying to decide what I wanted to do instead.
Did I want to keep the gallery wall but change the frames? Yes. Did I want to scratch the gallery wall entirely? Yes. Did I want to throw in the towel and loudly proclaim that wall art is stupid? Double yes.
Eventually, I finally figured out a solution that would allow me to keep my gallery wall without having to go buy new frames. Enter these DIY vintage poster frames.
You can make these DIY vintage poster frames in under 15 minutes, which makes them a great option if you’re short on time. In addition, because they’re so easy to make, they’re a great option for wall art you might want to change out frequently (for example, seasonal wall art).
Here’s just one more picture, because I can’t help myself.
So, if you’d like to make your own cute vintage poster scrolls, check out the tutorial below!
DIY vintage poster frames
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The supplies list below is for one frame. It assumes your print is A3 size. Please see the additional notes if your print is a different size or if you’d like to make more than one frame.
To make your DIY vintage poster frame, you will need:
- Your images, printed in A3. You can find the botanical prints I used in this post. If you want something different, these vintage scientific animal printables would also work well.
- A roll of brown kraft paper, 12″ wide.
- Two 14″ wooden dowels, stained in the colour of your choice. You can buy dowels from the hardware store, but these dowels are cheap and pre-cut, saving you time and effort.
- Strong double-sided tape. Don’t skimp here – the frames won’t hold up if you get cheap stuff.
- Mounting tape. Mounting tape is essential for keeping your frames together. It’s also super handy to have around as quick, no-damage way to hang a variety of wall art.
- Jute twine.
- A piece of wood or a ruler.
- If your print is not A3, you’ll need to buy kraft paper in a different width. Measure the width of your print and look for kraft paper that’s the same width (close enough is good enough).
- The width of your dowels depends on the width of your print. If you’re not using an A3 print, measure the width of your print then add 2″. This is how long you’ll want your dowel to be.
- If you want to make more than one frame, you’ll need two extra dowels per frame. I made six frames, which meant I used a total of twelve dowels.
To begin, cut a piece of kraft paper that’s twice as long as your print is high. For an A3 print, your kraft paper should be roughly 33″ long. Use something heavy (like a book) to keep both ends of the kraft paper laying flat.
Apply a strip of double-sided tape to all four sides of your print. Remove the tape’s backing paper. Stick your print to the middle of the kraft paper, like so:
Use your hand to smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles.
Next, push a piece of wood/a ruler up against the bottom of the print. This works as a guide, making sure the space you leave between the bottom of the print and the bottom of the kraft paper is the same on the top and the bottom.
Add a number of strips of double-sided tape to your kraft paper. Using the piece of wood/ruler as a guide, run a strip of mounting tape just under the wood/ruler.
You should have something that looks like this:
Remove the backing tape from the double-sided tape and the mounting tape. Place your dowel at the very bottom edge of the paper. Roll a small amount of paper around the dowel, then continue to roll the dowel up, tucking the paper as you go.
Once you reach the mounting tape, roll the dowel over the mounting tape. Press the down firmly to help the dowel stick to the mounting tape.
Flip your print around and repeat the above steps for the top of the print.
Once your dowels are securely attached, tie a piece of jute twine around the top dowels to create a hanging rope:
And that’s it! Your DIY vintage poster frames are done!
Here are some additional pictures of my finished frames, displayed in a gallery wall. Excuse the large plastic hooks – I unfortunately can’t go drilling holes into walls in a rental.
If your frames are near a door or window, you can put a little Blu-tack on the back of the dowel at the top and bottom. This will help keep everything in position when there’s a breeze.
I hope this post has been helpful to you! If you make your own vintage poster frames, I’d love to hear about what you framed in the comments below!
Have a beautiful day! xoxo