How to Mount a Poster onto Wood, a Kids Room Art Idea

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This post is sponsored by Zazzle. All opinions are 100% mine.

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I love decorating my kids rooms, I also love finding fun and unique Artwork for their rooms. I get really excited when I find something that really suits their personality!

Recently my son has started getting very interested in Robotics, he even won a national robotics contest last year! It was one of those “Mom of the Year” moments, as I admit I had no idea what he was working on all year at school until he won a savings bond!

He has plans to continue with robotics and wants to be an engineer when he grows up. It has been great seeing someone find something they are passionate about, especially since he’s only a Middle Schooler.

How to mount a poster on wood

 

I decided a little “update” to his room was in order. To start it off I added this poster that I purchased at Zazzle to the ledge above his bed. You can see more photos of his room here.

I loved that I could personalize the poster just for him!  See the lower corner of the poster, it says “engineered by:” and his name. So cool.

 

How to mount a poster on wood

 At Zazzle there are hundreds of gifts that you can personalize yourself.  Everything from posters, to iPhone cases to watches and cards.

Here are a few of my favorites for the Holidays:

Santa Plates - wouldn’t these be cool for Christmas Morning Breakfast?

Monogrammed iPhone Cases

Cool Pillow.

The interface was very easy to use.  I could pick the font, color and location that I wanted his name on the poster. I then could also pick the size and paper that I wanted the poster printed on.  I chose to have the poster printed on Archival Heavyweight paper and could not be happier with the quality. It all arrived quickly and very nicely packaged (no bends in the poster).

I decided instead of framing the poster that I’d rather mount it on a piece of wood. More economical (only $7 for the wood) and a fun break from framed art.

How to mount a poster on wood

I ordered a 16” wide poster because I knew that I could get a 16” wide board.  I then went to the hardware store and bought a piece of plywood (make sure that its flat before you buy it some plywood has a tendency to warp).

The guys at the hardware store cut the wood to size for me for free.

How to mount a poster on wood

To mount the poster on wood, I applied a thin but even coat of Matte Modge Podge to the back of the poster.

How to mount a poster on wood

 

I then applied an even coat of the Modge Podge to the wood.

Next I placed the poster on the wood, made sure that everything was straight and there were no bubbles, then pressed it down firmly onto the wood.

You can use a credit card or other piece of plastic to smooth out the poster to make sure it’s perfectly flat on the wood.

How to mount a poster on wood

 

Even though I had the wood cut to size there was still a smidgen of poster hanging over the edge, so I used an exacto knife to trim it down.

The last step was to apply 1-2 coats of the Modge Podge to the front of the poster. You can apply this as thin or thick as you like. You can even mimic the brush strokes in your art to give the piece a nice finish.

How to mount a poster on wood

 

To finish off the edges of the wood, I applied colored masking tape to the edges.  You could also use duck tape if you like.

That’s it! An easy and inexpensive alternative to framing!
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Comments

  1. Lisa Eifolla says

    Melissa,
    I’ve decided to purchase a 55 x 39 map of world and apply to wood for hanging on the wall in my office space. I think I’d like to follow your idea but wondered if a piece of wood that is 55 x 39 would warp after a period of time hanging on the wall. What do you think? Thank you Melissa!

    • says

      Hi Lisa!
      I think that is a fantastic idea! I may just do that myself! Since you are mounting such a large poster I would recommend using MDF instead of plywood. It will not warp like plywood will, and you can easily find it in large sheets. Good luck!

  2. Francie says

    I have been looking all over for how to do this–thanks! Quick question though, what did you put on the back to hang it with?

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