This Christmas (2018) I set my budget for gifts and everything else at a MAX cap of $300. To accomplish this, I needed to utilize all of my frugal knowledge on saving money. I have years worth of couponing experience and am a very organized person, so I had faith that I could do this. 

I’ve posted how I spent my $300 budget, and I’ve posted what I got for my family for Christmas. So if you’ve seen either of those posts, you know that I only had one used item and 2 homemade gifts and I still came in way under budget.

Rustic Poster Wall Hanging a DIY Project 1

I admit that even I impressed myself this year.

My sister and her husband are both great. They’ve been together for 8 years and married in 2017. Unfortunately, I missed the wedding due to living out of state and having been very very pregnant with my son, traveling didn’t seem feasible. Thanks to my aunt and family members though, I was able to watch some bits live through Facebook video messaging. I missed all of the good spots in a wedding, and most of the time looked at a frozen or blurry screen, but photos and stories from that event have helped me feel like I was a bigger part of it. 

This Christmas my sister will be 9 months pregnant (due mid January) with my nephew, and having personally hosted and thrown her baby shower back in November, I know she doesn’t need any more baby things.

Plus this is the last Christmas where they will be child-free. So I don’t want to get anything for the baby, I’d rather spoil my sister and brother in law as a couple.

They just moved into a new apartment, so décor ideas came to mind.

I had seen a video pop up on my Facebook timeline not too long ago and the idea stuck with me ever since. Someone took a poster-sized image, cut and glued it to wood, and then roughed it up and applied stain so it looked like the image was breaking out of the wood boards. It looked amazing

Unfortunately, I could not and have not been able to locate that video since.

I searched Google and Pinterest, looking for anything that could point me back to that original video. Using Keywords such as “wood, photo, mod podge, stain, sandpaper, diy, poster” and a few more words as I tried replaying the video in my mind over and over again. 

I had Zero Luck.

Everything I found was transferring photos to wood. Applying a photo mirror-imaged onto wood, rubbing the backing off and sealing it. This is NOT what I want, and NOT what I was looking for. 

So I decided to wing it and make it up as I went along, taking photos and to make my own tutorial for this process. 

So, without further ado. Here is my tutorial on creating a rustic poster wall hanging. –the name is just a working title. I’m not good at naming anything besides my kids. 

Rustic Poster Wall Hanging a DIY Project

Materials Needed-

I used a cedar fence board from Home Depot and cut it into 3 even lengths. So, 3 boards- 20 inches in length. 

An 11x14in poster from Walgreens, retails $10.99- this is the most expensive part. But promo codes or other retailers could save you $$

a 1×2 inch board from Home depot. to go across the back of the 3 boards when laying flat. so about 15inches in length, you’ll need 2 of them.

  • 4 quarters
  • 1 pencil
  • 1 X-acto knife or scissors if you have skills.
  • Mod podge, I have matte, but glossy works too
  • Paint brushes
  • Paper towels
  • Sandpaper of various grits
  • 6 screws. If using the exact woods I did, you’ll need 1 1/4 length. (1.5 is too big, and 1inch is too small. I learned that it’s a very exact science lol)

Directions:

1 Step 1: Gather items. 4 quarters 2 b1x2 boards and your 3 cedar boards.
Step 1: Gather items. 4 quarters 2 b1x2 boards and your 3 cedar boards.

Step 1. Gather items. 4 Quarters, 2 1×2 boards and your 3 cedar boards.

1 Step 2. Lay the boards down, wedge the quarters between them and lay down the 1x2s.
Step 2. Lay the boards down, wedge the quarters between them and lay down the 1x2s. 

Step 2. Lay the 3 boards down side by side and wedge the quarters between them. 2 per crack, one at the top and one at the bottom. So all of the boards are evenly spaced. Lay the 1×2 boards on top, placing them where you want them to go.

1 Step 3. Leaving the quarters in place, drill holes and place your screws.

Step 3. Leaving the quarters in place, drill holes and place your screws. 

Step 3. Leaving the quarters in place, drill holes and place your screws. 

1 Step 4. Push the boards together as you screw the 1x2s to the cedar boards

Step 4. Push the boards together as you screw the 1x2s to the cedar boards

Step 4. Push the boards together as you screw the 1x2s to the cedar boards. Push tightly so the quarters are wedged good, and uniform in gap space. 

Step 5. Remove Quarters and flip over.

1 Step 6. Grab your poster, knife and pencil.
Step 6. Grab your poster, knife and pencil.

Step 6. Figure out where you want your picture cut. You need 2 straight line cuts, so it matches the wood panel cracks. Leaving it uncut is an option, but it will eventually lift up and not last as log. We want a good, sturdy, long lasting piece.

Step 7. Using a generous amount of mod podge, brush onto photo back and place on wood. Lining up the edges and rubbing with a credit card to remove bubbles. Seal the image with a thin layer of mod podge.

Let dry.

1 If you aren't looking for a rustic weathered splotchy stain look. DO NOT BE MESSY WITH THE MOD PODGE! I learned this the hard way. Look at my end results and remember where these white spots are in this pic. notice the similarities?
If you aren’t looking for a rustic weathered splotchy stain look. DO NOT BE MESSY WITH THE MOD PODGE! I learned this the hard way. Look at my end results and remember where these white spots are in this pic. notice the similarities?
1 Remove baby foot from project.
Remove baby foot from project.

Step 7. Take some sandpaper and rub the edges of the photo until you’re satisfied with the look. I even did in between the photo panels.

1 Here's my freshly sandpapered work of art.
Here’s my freshly sandpapered work of art.

Step 8. Taking a damp paper towel, rag or sponge. Rub over the entire board to remove all sawdust particles. Let air dry.

1 All wiped down. Air drying.
All wiped down. Air drying. 

 Step 9. Taking a thin brush, dip it into your wood stain and get along the cracks in the photo panels. Follow with a paper towel to grab all the extra stain. you don’t want it sitting there too long.

1 Continue applying stain and wiping it away with the paper towels. as you fill in the rest of the bare wood.
Continue applying stain and wiping it away with the paper towels. As you fill in the rest of the bare wood.

Mid-way through, remember to…

1 Remove helper baby from project or work around him and his fluff butt.
Remove helper baby from project or work around him and his fluff butt. 
1 So here's the fiinished look. Notice the bald looking spots--- mod podge y'all .. mod podge..

So here’s the finished look. Notice the bald looking spots— mod podge y’all .. mod podge..

Step 10.  Decorate

From this point, it’s completely up to you as to what to do. Obviously, you’ll need to attach wall hanging clips, claws or something to hang it with. 

1 I chose to add their name and established year in vinyl at the bottom.

I chose to add their name and established year in vinyl at the bottom. 

I chose to add their name and established year in vinyl at the bottom. Using my Cricut Machine to cut the vinyl.

Also added some twine and some fake flowers leftover from their wedding.

I really love how it came together.

1 Signed. Sealed. Delivered. Here's the wall hanger completely finished.
Signed. Sealed. Delivered. Here’s the wall hanger completely finished.

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