Confession time, this project has been on my to-do list for WAY too long!! And I don’t know why I didn’t just get it done, because it’s one of the fastest projects ever! I loved making this DIY Wood Stick Hanging frame and it got a huge response over on Instagram, so I put together a quick step-by-step tutorial for you.
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I used this method on a few different prints, and just love it! First off, I used it on large engineer prints of our youth theme. Engineer Prints are SUPER CHEAP!! They are printed on thin paper and in black and white, but that can be exactly what you need. This was printed 18×24 and it was under $2 to print. I have info all about other ways to hang an Engineer Print on this post (one of my first viral posts!), Giant Picture for Cheap.
New YW Theme (Young Women Theme 2019)
This print of the new YW Theme established in 2019 is from a packet that I purchased from Stately Type. It is a coloring sheet that I just blew up into a large engineer print, then the girls colored it in during a planning activity.
The other prints I used in these projects were from the etsy shop Print It Engineer. The prints are very high quality, nice thick paper, and I love their modern vibe. The give thanks print along with the The Living Christ prints are from Print it Engineer (and I’ve also gotten some poster-sized prints from them in the past, you can see how I framed those here: my Church of Jesus Christ large prints)
How to make a Wood Stick Hanging Frame
-print of choice
-wood of choice (there are 2 techniques, one uses 1x2s and the other uses thin trim boards)
–packing tape (trust me on this)
—twine for hanging
First you are going to decide which technique you’d like to use. You can either use a 1×2 board and attach it to the front of the print OR you can use 2 thin trim boards and sandwich the print inbetween them. I’ve used both ways! The 1×2 is a little heavier but gives a more “hefty” look. The thin boards make for an even hanging print (instead of it getting a little floppy)
Next up, whichever technique you decide on, you need to cut your boards 2 inches wider than your print (so that there is a 1 inch overhang on each side). For the 1x2s you’ll need 2 boards (one on top and one on bottom) and for the thin trim boards you’ll need 4 boards (2 in each sandwich, so 2 on top, 2 on bottom). Then you can stain them or paint them if desired.
Now, place your board and your print face-down. Using a piece of packing tape slightly shorter than the width of your print, tape the bottom of the print to where half-ish the tape is on the print and half-ish is on your board. It doesn’t need to be exact. This is especially important if you’re using a cheap engineer print. The tape will make your print more sturdy and less likely to tear.
1×2 Wood Hanging Frame
If you are using 1x2s, you will staple your print to your frame at this point. You want the staples to be near the top of your board closest to the print to prevent it from getting “floppy”. Repeat for the other end of your print. Then you can move on to the section entitled Hang with Twine.
Thin Trim Boards Wood Hanging Frame
If you are using Thin Trim Boards, after you tape the print to one board, you are going to take a second board and “sandwich” your print:
Then you will staple through that board into the other board, catching the print inbetween them.
Here you can see how the print is between the two boards:
Wood Frame Hang With Twine
No matter which board method you used, you can hang your boards with twine. Pro TIP: if your twine is bent/curved from being wrapped on a spool, you can totally iron it flat and straight 😉 I simply wrapped the twine around one end of the top board a few times and then tied it in place. Repeated on the other side. To make it extra secure, I stapled the back where it was wrapped on the board.
That’s all there is to it!! Hang and enjoy!
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