How to Make a Floating Poster Frame

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When you hang up posters with a basic adhesive, they can get damaged fairly easily. To protect your posters, make them easy to transport and display them in a creative way, consider creating a floating poster frame that will easily hang on your walls. You can personalize the frame and add embellishments as you like, and make the project fit any size poster.

Things You'll Need

  • Ruler or tape measure
  • Plexiglas
  • Binder clips
  • Permanent marker or other writing utensil
  • Power drill
  • Poster adhesive
  • Four washer/bolt combinations
  • Wire
  • Measure the poster you want framed.

  • Add 4 inches to your measurements. For instance, if the poster is 30 inches by 20 inches, your finished measurement would be 34 inches by 24 inches.

  • Cut two pieces of Plexiglas to the finished measurements. You can get Plexiglas at your local hardware or home improvement store, and the staff there will be able to cut the pieces to your specific size. Keep the plastic coating on the Plexiglas so you can mark on it later.

  • Place the two pieces of Plexiglas on top of each other, and hold them together with binder clips so they stay together while you mark and measure the piece.

  • Mark each corner with an "X" an inch in from the corner. This is where you will drill. If you drill closer to the edge, the Plexiglas could shatter at the corner.

  • Drill holes into the corners where you made the "X" marks. You should drill through both layers of Plexiglas.

  • Take the plastic off the Plexiglas pieces.

  • Center the poster with a ruler or measuring tape between the two layers of Plexiglas. Once it is centered, hold it in place with poster adhesive.

  • Screw the two Plexiglas sheets together through the four drilled holes with a washer and bolt combination that will work with Plexiglas. The poster frame should now be held together at four corners.

  • Attach wire to the top by wrapping it around the two washer/bolt combinations at the top of the frame. You can make the wire as long as you would like.

  • Hang the frame on the wall with the wire.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you do not have a power drill, you can also use binder clips to hold the two pieces of Plexiglas together. After placing the poster inside the two pieces, bind the Plexiglas with several binder clips, depending on the size of the frame. For instance, a larger poster will require more clips. To decorate it further, paint your clips before placing them on the Plexiglas. Lean the framed poster against the wall. This is also a decorative way to display leaves, feathers and other flat objects.
  • If you are a novice with the power drill, ask for a few scraps of Plexiglas so you can practice drilling it together before drilling into your poster pieces.

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