Project: Poster Hanger

I have been looking for a seasonal fruit and vegetable calendar for years now. One that was timeless and minimalist; one that could easily be mistaken for a piece of art. Well, I found it. It was initially designed for a conference in Berlin earlier this year which had to be cancelled due to COVID-19. Hundreds of copies ended up in a dusty old corner at the apartment of the lovely lady who created them. The calendars were made in a small town in Germany and due to environmental reasons printed on both sides and folded to a small A5 format in order to reduce packaging material. Long story short, this calendar ticked off all the boxes and I was grateful for supporting another independent business.

I debated whether or not to buy a large frame but knew instantly that I would never get myself to flip around the calendar every six months (no judgement please). Poster hangers seemed ideal but were double the price of the poster itself and so I soon embraced this opportunity as a new project to work on.

Tools

4 identical strips of (pine) wood

(if possible, cut to size at your local hardware store or with a circular saw – handsaws do a messy job)

Wood stain or paint (optional)

6 nails or screws

Screw driver

2 small eye hooks

Leather or jute string

Paper tape

Poster

Instructions

Measure the width of your poster and cut the wood to size, about 1 inch wider than the poster itself (see table below). You should end up with four identical pieces. Sand any rough edges until smooth. If you want to stain or paint the wood, do so now* and let the wood dry fully (step 2). You will need two pieces for the bottom and two for the top part of the hanger. Spread out the poster on a flat surface and place the back pieces of the hanger at the very top and bottom of the poster. If you want, attach the poster to the wood using paper tape to keep it from moving. I found that this step simplified the rest. Once you are happy with the position of the poster, place the front pieces on top (think sandwich) and hold in place with nails or screws (step 3). If your poster is printed single-sided, attach the nails or screws on the back to make them invisible. Make sure the screws go through the poster as well so that the wood does not fall off the bottom when you lift it up. Next, screw in the eye hooks (step 4), about 3.2 inches (8cm) from the edge. Depending on the thickness of the wood, you want to screw them into one piece of wood only. However, if your wood is as thin as mine, it will be easier to place the eye hooks right in the middle and potentially use an extra pair of screws to close the gap (step 5). Lastly, attach the string to create a loop and hang up on a hook.

*If you stain the wood, I would recommend using some old rags, cut out from cotton T-shirts or towels and wearing heavy-duty gloves. You do not want to get the stain on your skin, it stings badly and is difficult to wash off. Please also make sure to open a window for health and safety reasons and cover the floor up to prevent any mess.

Sizing table

Poster sizeLength of wood
A5 (148 × 210 mm)17.3 cm x 4 pieces
A4 (210 × 297 mm)23.5 cm x 4 pieces
A3 (297 × 420 mm)32.2 cm x 4 pieces
A2 (420 × 594 mm)44.5 cm x 4 pieces

Perhaps you would like to cover up a stain on the wall, or a slightly less charming plug in the dining room. Maybe you prefer to use oak wood instead or colour with some leftover paint to match your furniture? Either way, tag @a.mindfulnest or use the hashtag #amindfulnestprojects if you make your own poster hanger, I would love to see them all.