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This DIY Poster Hanger is EASY & Budget Friendly

Use scalloped wood trim and magnets to make the most budget friendly poster hanger ever! Get any trim you like and your favorite stain color to customize.

Skills Required: Beginner. You’re going to be cutting wood with a craft knife, and then staining it. If can use a craft knife and a bottle of glue, you’ll do well with this project.

This DIY Poster Hanger is EASY & Budget Friendly

This is one of the easiest projects I have ever made, but I love how it looks! That is my favorite kind of project – not super time-consuming, inexpensive supplies and simple steps, but so cute and makes an huge impact in a room!

Wooden Poster Hanger

You might be wondering why anyone would use a wooden poster hanger as opposed to a frame or tacking something directly to the wall. It really comes down to a matter of style and cost.

In terms of aesthetics, this display is just another way of putting a poster on the wall. It’s interesting, unique, dimensional . . . and easy to change the posters in and out.

It’s also nice to use a holder when you have an unusual sized poster and you would otherwise have to do custom framing to make it work.

Make a Wooden Poster Hanger

As far as cost, this method is a LOT less expensive than purchasing a frame. Of course it doesn’t even compare to custom framing, it’s so cheap.

With a lot of prints, I actually prefer this method as opposed to a frame. I just love the way it looks!

The downside: the poster isn’t really protected in a hanger, so if anyone touches or plays with the poster (kids!), you might end up with a ruined print or fingerprints. Neither of which you really want.

How to Use a Print Hanger

There will be four parts to this project – two pieces that go together with magnets at the top, and the same at the bottom. The post will be sandwiched between the magnets.

There will be trim at both ends, and you’ll glue twine to one end. The print will hang from the trim at the top. The trim at the bottom is decorative and to keep the print from blowing around.

I really love how this hanger displays this print from Latter Day Home. I’m so excited to share this tutorial with you! Here is how I made this DIY poster hanger.

Wooden trim, twine, and magnets

DIY Poster Hanger

Gather These Supplies

  • Scalloped wood trim
  • 8 magnets
  • Paint stain
  • Twine
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Tape measure
  • Rags
Measuring tape next to a piece of wood trim

Step 1: Measure the wooden trim to your preferred length. You will need four sticks of the same length; two for the top and two for the bottom.

Cut wood trim with a craft knife

Step 2: Cut the trim to your preferred size.

Stained scalloped wood trim

Step 3: Stain the wood trim pieces using stain and a rag. Stain both sides and let dry.

Glue magnets to the back of the trim pieces

Step 4: Glue two magnets to the back of each stick. Make sure you put them in the same place on each stick so they will line up when you put two together.

Hot glue thread to the back of the print hanger

Step 5: Glue the twine to the back of one of the sticks for hanging. Let dry for 24 hours.

Magnetic poster hanger

Step 6: Add a print to your poster hanger and hang on the wall!

Yield: 1 poster hanger

Wooden Poster Hanger

diy magnetic wooden poster hanger

Learn to make a magnetic poster hanger with scalloped wood trim! This DIY poster hanger can be customized to any size you like.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $5


  • Scalloped wood trim
  • Magnets - 3/4", glue-on
  • Stain - acrylic, waterbase
  • Twine
  • Craft glue


  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Measuring tape
  • Rags


  1. Measure the trim to the preferred width. You will need four sticks of the same width.
  2. Cut the dowels to size with a craft knife.
  3. Stain the trim using the acrylic stain and a rag. Let dry.
  4. Glue two magnets to the back of each piece of trim. Make sure the magnets are in the same place on each piece so they will line up when sandwiched together.
  5. Glue the twine to the back of one of the sticks for hanging.
  6. Add a print to thewo poster hanger and hang on the wall!

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diy magnetic wooden poster hanger

Happy crafting! And, be sure to visit us as we blog about style, food, and the things we love over at the Pretty Life Girls!

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Friday 3rd of March 2017

I love this! The scallop trim makes it so unique. I'll be on the hunt for those too!

Bethany Weaver

Tuesday 28th of February 2017

Where did you find the scallop trim? I've been looking around everywhere for some. Thanks!! :)


Tuesday 28th of February 2017

Hi Bethany! Our Lowe's has them as well as JoAnns!


Tuesday 6th of December 2016

This is GORGEOUS! Where did you find the scalloped dowels?

Bethany Weaver

Tuesday 28th of February 2017

Amy, did you ever find these? I've been looking as well but can't find em!