DIY black and white poster wall hanging

Monday, September 15, 2014

DIY baby room art

This is one project that will work in the baby room, your bedroom, your living room, or really anywhere.  It’s a great way to create a large, custom piece of art really affordably!

Items you will need:

Black and White Photo | 2 Eye Hooks | Rope | 1 x 2 furring strip, about 1″ longer than art width

DIY baby room art

To start, find or take a photo that you like and that would look striking as a black and white.  If it is a found photo, scan it.  I chose a vintage photo I had on hand, but you can also use a favorite snap on your phone just as easily.  I had mine printed at a local printer, but I’d recommend using PhotoJojo to get your print done.   It’s only $25 and is a super easy option if you don’t already have a printer you use regularly.

DIY nursery art

I purchased the furring strips at Home Depot, and had them cut the pieces to size for me at the store (super easy!).  I had them cut at 1″ longer than the width of my photo (so 37″ if you use PhotoJojo).  Staple the two pieces on the top and bottom of your printed photo on the back.  Next, screw the two eye hooks into the top piece (I painted mine gold, and pre-drilled to make it a little easier).  Then, cut the rope to length and knot the ends to keep it in place.

DIY baby room ideas

This makes for a really striking and inexpensive focal point for a space!  It costs around $30 to $35, depending on what materials you already have on hand, which is impressive for a 36″ x 48″ piece of art.  It’s also a really easy way to incorporate some vintage family photos!

DIY baby nursery art

59 responses to “DIY black and white poster wall hanging”

  1. Emily says:

    This is so great! Definitely going to give this a try. Also, can you share the fabric on that chair?

  2. Megan Musacchio says:

    I am beyond in love with your work and talent and have been slowly trying to create a hunting big boy room and vintage car room theme for my two sons…..they are 10 and 7. I see a lot of your nursery items but would love to see maybe sw big kid boy rooms. They are so much harder to decorate in my opinion. You are the absolute best and wish I could have you do my entire house.

  3. Lisa says:

    What a simple way to create an impact on a budget. Thanks for sharing. Now if I can just choose a photo!

  4. Rachel says:

    Are the photojojo prints higher quality than $5 ones at staples?

    • Joni says:

      Hi Rachel! I don’t imagine they are (both are engineering prints) – we don’t have a Staples in our area, so I find it easier to order it, but that would be an even more inexpensive option!

  5. Emily says:

    Love this Joni! What a great way to make a big statement and even better that it is so affordable!! We have a few pictures from Peru that I think would be great for this.

  6. Katherine says:

    This whole shot is styled so beautifully! I absolutely love that dresser – where did you get it? Love the fabric on the chairs, too 🙂 Lovely room.

  7. Kristina says:

    Love this and I love the Roots print! Did you make it?

  8. Kristina says:

    We do too it’s perfect! Is it available anywhere.

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  13. Julia says:

    Hey there! I love the photo you used. Do you have a link to it?

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  15. Lucy says:

    Where is that dresser from? Love it.

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  21. Kristina says:

    Yay thank you so much!!

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    Great piece! Did you have any issues with toner streaking on the dark portions of the print?

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  25. Catherine says:

    May I ask what resolution the image you had printed is? Thanks!

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    I love your design, it looks great! Where did you get the carpet?

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  29. Trinity says:

    Where is the dresser from?

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  32. Tavia says:

    So, do you need a total of four furring strips cut to the length of 1 inch longer than your print? (one for front and back side of photo on the top and bottom?)
    Thank you in advance for your answer, I really want to make this!

    • Joni says:

      Hi Tavia! I just used a total of two furring strips and just placed them on the front of the poster, and stapled them through the back. You could do four, and double them up on each end, but you may want to use something thinner than the furring strips, like a flat trim.

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  34. Jessica says:

    Hi Joni – I know this post is quite old, but I’ve had this pinned for a while and want to use your tutorial for in our new nursery! I feel like you’ve had a link to the vintage print you used, but I can’t seem to find it :/ Would you mind sharing with me, please? Thanks so much!!

  35. Emily Kueser says:

    Is there anywhere we could find this picture? Im obsessed with it and would personally like to print it off.

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  39. Kerry says:

    I would love to know where to find your rug or who makes it? Much thanks!

  40. Katie says:

    I would also love to print that picture. Can you please let us know where you found it? Thanks!

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    I’m curious how your paper didn’t want to rip at the bottom. I used command Velcro strips to keep it on the wall… But I love this on my wall. Thank you for all of your wonderful ideas.

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  44. Chelsey says:

    Hi there! Did you find the furring strips to be heavy enough to ‘weigh’ the picture down so it doesn’t bend/fold at all? Thanks!

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  48. emma says:

    hello! where is the dresser from?

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