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Easy DIY Rustic Frame – My Frugal Adventures

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DIY Rustic Frame_

This is a crazy easy little DIY rustic frame project.  It is a super simple way to frame a poster or an art print or a photograph quickly and for less than $5.  Even better you can swap your print/photo out anytime you like.

This entire project took about 15 minutes so let’s get started!


  • Twine/ Rope/ Leather Cording
  • Thin wood strips (mine was $2 at the home improvement store)
  • Stain color or paint of your choice (I used Minwax English Chestnut)
  • Staple Gun
  • Hot Glue/ Double Sided Tape or Mounting Adhesive

You can make some adjustments to customize to your own taste/style.

Cacti poster

I started by cutting the strip down to the correct dimensions for my poster.  I measured my poster (20 inches wide) and added 1 1/2 inches on either side.  So my cut was at 23″.  You want to measure your art and cut accordingly.  I made the simple cut myself at home but you can have the home improvement store cut yours down in just minutes.

DIY frame

Next I stained both strips on all sides and let dry.

I used mounting strips to adhere my poster to the wood strips.  You can also try double sided tape or hot glue to mount your own. The ones I used are here.

DIY frame

Next I measured the strips of wood and marked the 1 1/2 inch point on each end with chalk.  That was just to guide the placement of the poster so it would be perfectly centered.

My adhesive strips I just placed several on the top and bottom of the poster (laying flat on a table) and placed the strip of wood on top and pressed it down firmly.  The poster is extremely lightweight so that was sufficient to keep it attached securely.

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Next I quickly measured the twine to get a rough idea of how much slack I needed to hang the entire thing from a nail.  I cut a piece of twine and flipped the poster over and stapled the twine on either end of the top strip.  Last but not least I trimmed the excess twine from each end.

And that was it!

So simple this project takes no time at all.  I did have the stain and mounting strips on hand but the wood and twine were about $5 at the home improvement store.  So this was an extremely budget friendly project and I like this little poster.

Rustic Frame DIY

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