How to Hang a Print

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This is an easy project that can be done with any print, but I’m especially fond of maps.  When I was antique shopping, I came across an assortment of various maps.  I spotted a world map with lovely muted colors, and at $4.95, I couldn’t pass it up.

I brought it home and it sat for a bit while I tried to figure out what to do with it.  I had a few ideas, but none of them really triggered any excitement in me.  I ran across this botanical hanging print tutorial and was totally inspired. So here’s my version of how to hang a print.

DIY Hanging Print


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2 wooden dowels

staple gun

2 eye hooks


wood stain or paint


  • Measure your print before you head to the hardware store for your dowels.  You will want to have them cut to size.  Measure the length of your print and add an inch (you will have a 1/2 inch extra overhang on each side of the print). You can ask the lovely folks at the hardware store to cut it for you.
  • Once your dowels are the correct size, it’s time to make them look pretty.  You can stain them if you want, but I didn’t.  I had some brown acrylic paint that I watered down and used as a wash over the raw wood.  This worked really well because since it was thinned out, it allowed the wood grain to show through. Let it dry.
  • Next, you need to attach your print to the dowels. Lay the dowels on a flat surface, then lay your print face down on top.  Make sure the print is lined up with the dowels in your preferred placement. Once everything is lined up, go ahead and staple it in place.  I used a staple on each end, and one in the middle.

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  • Once the top and bottom dowels are secure, you can add your eye hooks.  I just screwed mine in by hand.

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  • Next, you can measure your twine, and tie each end to the eye hook.

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  • It’s ready to hang and enjoy!

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This entire project cost me around $12.  If you don’t have any fun prints lying around, check out the graphics fairy. She has a ton of images that you could print at Staples – you can print something poster size there for around $5.

I hope this project inspires you as it did me. I’m already thinking of other things I could print and hang!

Have a great week everyone!





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