An Inexpensive Way to Hang Big Art

I love oversized art, but it's a challenge to find an affordable way to hang/frame the art. I really wanted to do a large photo of the ocean or the sky over Joanna's bed, sort of like this one:


We felt SO lucky when Max Wanger snapped this beautiful photo for us while he was on vacation at Martha's Vineyard. I love the pretty colors and it has a really chill, soothing vibe about it.


Max was kind enough to print the photo for us, but if you are looking for an online print shop, I've used Wizard Prints and U Printing before with great luck.

We considered getting the photo professionally framed but in the end we opted to save the $400 and go for a really inexpensive option.


I got a smooth sheet of plywood cut down to size at Home Depot. I especially loved the striped edges.


I used a poly/stain combo to finish just the edges and then a screwed two D-rings to the back of the board.



Then I used acid-free scrapbook tape to mount the photo right to the plywood. We used removable tape (it comes in permanent too), so Joanna still has the option to have the photo professionally framed down the road.



We spent about $20 for this project. It worked really well for this space since we didn't really need protection for the photo. It would work similarly well for hanging above a big piece of furniture like a console or credenza. You just want something in front of the art to prevent bumping into it.


Do you have any tricks for framing large art on the cheap?

52 comments:

Erika Ward said...
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Erika Ward said...

Scrapbooking tape? Genus idea!

My Crafty Home-Life said...

I never thought of seeing the layer of wood. It looks cool. Here is how I did an inexpensive custom frame http://mycraftyhomelife.blogspot.com/2011/09/my-custom-pink-pagoda-frame.html

Laurie said...

Awesome idea.

Amy Klepser said...

Thank you! I just ordered some Michelle Armas prints and this is a perfect way to hang them over our bed!

Cholla Cholla said...

I love the idea! But... plywood emits a lot of gases throughout its lifetime, so I'd caution against framing anything of value this way. Over time, it will probably erode the art hung on it, even if the work is archival or acid free. As long as Joanna has the image file, though, it's not a problem!

Long time lurker/printmaker/former frame shop employee here!

JK said...

Very clever! What a great way to make large pieces accessible for most people.

JK said...

Very clever! What a great way to make large pieces accessible for most people.

house185 said...

For the oversized botanical prints in my family room (http://house185.wordpress.com/house-tour/) I had them mounted on foam core at Hobby Lobby and built a frame for it out of 1 x 2's. Like your project, custom framing would be VERY expensive - especially since I had 2!

Christine said...

Great idea! Any alternatives for those of us with plaster walls trying to avoid making holes?

Bethany said...

so great! you are too crafty Jenny. and not in a bewitched way. in an awesomesauce way.

Bethany
http://www.powellbrower.com/2012/02/holy-trinity.html

Albertina said...

Such good ideas! You always have a trick up your sleeve. I love this one. Thanks for sharing all your knowledge and findings with us.

Anna (A Newfound Treasure) said...

Thanks for sharing… this is great!!

laxsupermom said...

I would have never thought to mount it with scrapbooking tape! Genius! Thanks for sharing.

Ashlea said...

This is an amazing idea! Thanks!

kbd said...

I used that plywood to make a desktop for trestles from Ikea - and love the shapes on the top and the layers on the side (I put the side with the blue markings out to the front, too)... glad I read what Cholla Cholla said, though! Will remember that in future.

Sara Mason said...

Yet another genius idea from LGN! Where are the sconces from? They are great!

Jean @ Flower Hill said...

I love this idea. You're getting the impact of the large print in the space without spending a lot of money. Looks beautiful!

Bromeliad said...

I like framing a large photo or map over a grid of smaller frames.

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

Very cool. I feel like I'd have a hard time getting it lay out straight and perfect.

abby said...

this is a fabulous alternative . . . framing can be so pricey and (not-to-mention) HEAVY with all that glass. this seems so much more easy to manage.

Amber said...

Love how the picture turned out! Very cool idea! I framed a vintage sign we bought at a flea market. I did use an IKEA frame, but it was way cheaper than having it professionally framed.

http://www.willscasa.com/2012/01/how-to-frame-a-vintage-sign-on-the-cheap/

cecilia said...

you just gave me an awesome idea to hang a gorgeous photo my husband and i took of crater lake a few years ago. thanks for always posting info that's so useful and accessible!

Sam, Leave The Nest Up To Me said...

What a great idea! I like the dimension the plywood gives to it. Much cheaper than mounted canvas!

Poet Whale said...

Home Depot has thinner and lighter weight masonite, and pressed board sheets that can be used for frame/backing with Swiss Clips. I buy Swiss clips at DBlick under $10.00bills. You can also use a plastic sheet that covers ceiling light (also at Home Depot). Round the corners with pieces of soft plastic or dense foam.

Laura Magu said...

Yay! This post was sent to me by a friend who was with me when I bought a huge poster. SHe asked how I was going to hang it & I said I'd mount it on plywood! BUT I didn't think of staining the edges (nice touch!) or the removable tape. Thanks!

Whitney Kaye said...

I love this idea and have thought about creating my own frame by purchasing trim from Home Depot, painting and assembling it. I might have to give it a try in the next couple weeks.

Whitney

whitneykayestyles.blogspot.com

bluehydrangea said...

Brilliant!! I am going to look through my photos right now!!!

Danielle said...

Love this idea - so smart!
Thanks for sharing!

cat said...

I have thought of this but plywood is SO HEAVY. I hope that is hanging on a clete or screws for hangers that are screwed into the studs. I have toyed with Foam core since it is cheaper and lighter. Gluing two peices together and wood slates on the back to keep it from warping as it does. I have never had long term luck with the thin double sided tape and the sronger stuff is too thick. luv te idea
Cat

Design Thoughts said...

Such a GREAT idea!!! I have 2 large pieces that this will work PERFECT for!! Thank you for sharing!!

Cote de Texas said...

love this - but also absolutely ADORE the bedroom - the headboard, the bedding, the shades - all of it is so beautiful!!!!!

Great job!!
Joni

Beatrice said...

Brilliant! I have been trying to find a cheap solution for hanging a map in my son's room. Solution found. Thank you so much for this.

Anonymous said...

Went to Michaels (hobby/art supply) and bought a monster art canvas - with one of their weekly 40% coupons. Painted the edges flat black. Mounted my artwork on the canvas with the similar doublestick tape. All-in-all I came in around $50 - not counting the price of the artwork.

Katie Truelove said...

I love this too- especially for hanging a large photo which is very hard to do! I've also used giant metal clips to hang fabric and inexpensive prints: http://hellotruelove.tumblr.com/post/1621659874/clip-art

Anonymous said...

Wall Buddies, found through professional framers. They are great, they are designed so that you can hang things perfectly straight, every time. I made an upholstered headboard a few years ago it has never moved!

ashley schmutz said...

LOVE that!

pencilleadandlace said...

Lovely!

Annie @ House on Rene said...

You are always so full of great ideas! Thank you!

Sarah said...

Such an awesome photograph! It looks great! I second what Cholla Cholla said though - the plywood touching the artwork will make it brittle over time, and yellowed. You can put a piece of acid-free barrier paper to go between the two if it was something that needed to last long-term.

Design_Fluff said...

I posted about framing large art, cheaply a week or so ago. http://designfluff.blogspot.com/2012/01/cheap-large-frames-diy.html

melissa said...

Foam core would be a lot lighter and easier to hang. I'd probably go that option - the plywood looks cool though.

Mary Elizabeth Liberty said...

THanks so much for the step by step. I will definitely try this...

Jessica @shimmerkai said...

So beautiful!

Cheryl Lee said...

I am a wanna be artist and love the texture and effects of oil paint which in my opinion looks lovely framed with heavy layered frames which if bought new would be very costly BUT I shop thrift stores and buy beautiful frames often older wooden ones at a great price. 12x16 often 5-10 dollars, 16x20 10-25 dollars and very large for 30-60 dollars.One can even reuse the canvases too.

Sabine Djorovic said...

What a great idea for getting large prints up.

Housse de chaise mariage said...

What's a great Idea ! I love it !

Splendid Little Thrills said...

I am so excited to read this! I was going to have a photo blown up on canvas, but I'm going to try this first to save some money. As always, you are a genius!!!

Adrianna the Creator said...

I need your tufted headboard in my life!! And baby is darling!

Jenna at Homeslice said...

Really smart! I love this idea! Huge art adds so much drama, but you're right, it can be hard to fit into the budget!

Anonymous said...

I wish I had seen this post two days ago BEFORE I dropped off my print at my local Fast Signs. They are gluing it to the exact same type of board you used...for $100. I thought that was pretty cheap but now I know I can do it myself AND save money AND I love that you used non-permanent tape so you can reuse the photo. great idea!

rahiosky said...

This is really cool! I love when you do links to art stuff.
On an unrelated note- I was wondering if you have been having problems
posting links to blogger on facebook. I have been suddenly having trouble
(and by that I mean it won't do it) and so I looked up some other bloggers
I read on fb to see if they post links.
I noticed you have in the past... have you had problems lately?

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