This is my new favourite way to display prints. I’m not a huge lover of conventional picture framing; I always seem to leave the framer’s about £100 poorer, with something less attractive, more bulky and difficult to display than what I took in. Plus, do we really need the glass? Maybe everyone has priceless oil paintings but me.

Mounting this Studio Esinham print at home took all of ten minutes, and cost less than five pounds. It’s minimal and modern, and requires NO DUSTING. A winner in my book!

Here’s a super quick guide to your own DIY wooden poster hanger:

All you need:

  • four wooden strips, cut to the length of your poster (most big DIY stores will do this for free!)
  • short panel pins or tacks
  • a hammer
  • string or twine
  • masking tape
  • a tape measure

1. Lay the bottom edge of your print so that it half covers one wooden strip. Tape this edge down.


2.Tape the ends of your strings down at an equal distance from the centre. It’s worth measuring this to ensure the finished picture hangs straight.


3. Lay a second strip of wood on top, and check no tape is showing. Hammer in a tack so that it goes through both strips and the trapped string. Repeat on other side.


4.If, after hammering, the ends of your tracks protrude through the back, gently hammer these flat. Feel free to make a total mess of it like I did, as it’s on the back and nobody will see 😉


5.Repeat this process, minus the strings, along the bottom of your print. Keep in mind that the tape does most of the holding, with the tacks simply keeping the whole sandwich together – so a couple is really enough.


That’s it! Hang, admire, drink some tea.

  • If all that seems like too much work, I found these guys making and selling a whole range of something similar.
  • I used pine here, but I’m thinking of branching (punny!) into other types of wood next – maybe oak?
  • Paris Elevations print c/o the wonderful Studio Esinam. Check out their web store and instagram for more!

What do you think? How to you display art and prints in your home?

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  • Mariam

  • February 24, 2015

Wonderful idea! I have some pictures that I will try to do this with!

  • Diana Cloudlet

  • February 24, 2015

I’m in love with your blog! It was so interesting to read your posts and also I’d like to say that you have beautiful photos! I’ll be happy to see you in my blog!)
p.s. new post – how I met Victoria Beckham

Diana Cloudlet

  • Sara

  • February 23, 2015

Hi Lydia,
Great idea! I don’t see why not!
I think it would work best with either a thinnish photo paper, or a slightly chunkier/heavier strip of wood, like Oak – just to make sure it has the right weight to hang nicely. You could probably replace the tacks with some strong double sided tape on a standard sized photo, too. If you try it, do share! I’m quite tempted to try it myself, now! 🙂

S x

  • Lydia

  • February 23, 2015

Hi Sara,

Do you think you could make this work with photographs?

Lydia x

  • Sara

  • February 23, 2015

Pish. Carbs are the best x

  • Sara

  • February 23, 2015

Thanks laura! Magnetic tape?! What a revalation! That sounds ideal for this project, and far better than my poor hammering attempts! 😀

  • laura

  • February 22, 2015

Such a great idea, and beautiful tutorial too. I have been trying to figure out something similar, but only got as far as buying magnetic tape! 🙂 x

  • Sheona

  • February 21, 2015

I don’t eat carbs any more. Ask me after Tuesday… :/ x

  • Sara

  • February 21, 2015

I do not know. Not me! I’ve got too many carbs to eat. *eats all the carbs*

  • Sheona

  • February 21, 2015

I love this idea. Mainly because I detest dusting. Who has time for dusting?! x

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