A few weeks ago, we visited some friends in St. Francisville, Louisiana. It is the most quaint and beautiful town EVER. My husband and I have always joked we would buy our retirement home there :).
This is one of the main streets and where our friends live! I just love the fact that we can walk to nearby stores and enjoy the beautiful views of the historical homes on the way. Every single home was full of amazing details. I could have walked around for days.
Within a few blocks of their home was the neatest little store – Grandmother’s Buttons. Their storefront features a mix of items but they are known for their jewelry – all made of antique buttons. The coolest part of this store is the actual store front! The building below was previously St. Francisville’s bank building from 1905. They restored this amazing structure keeping the beautiful oak paneling, original mosaic tile floors and even the bank vault which now serves as a button museum! If you are ever in town, it is for sure a sight to see!
After walking the store several times, I winded up walking out with two vintage bird posters. I can promise you if we didn’t have friends with us, I would have walked out with a lot more! Ha! I couldn’t wait to hang these posters in our home but I wasn’t sure how. I knew I did not want to frame them..and the “sticky tack” methods of my teenage years most certainly wouldn’t work. While perusing Pinterest one day, I saw a photo of a hanging botanical print and knew I could make that.
- 2 dowels (a little longer than the poster)
- Hot glue gun
- Poster or print
I’ll admit I first tried to do this with a staple gun. It worked but my staples kept going through the print and it was just messy. If you had a smaller staple – it would work a lot better.
First, I trimmed down the dowels to be a little longer than the poster. You can purchase smaller dowels at your local home improvement store and usually they will cut it down for you! I sanded the sides so the wood wasn’t all splintered and brought it inside. The dowels were a pretty oak so I didn’t feel the need to stain them..However that is definitely an option! I think a dark brown stain would look great! I flipped the poster image down and rolled the edge over most of the dowel but not enough that the print would show on the top.
Just put a light drop of the hot glue right at the center of the dowel. This helped the paper stay centered on the dowel so when I continued to glue, I didn’t have to hold it in place! MAKE SURE YOUR DOWEL IS CENTERED. I accidently put the dowel a little too far over and had to cut it again to even it out.I will say that my good glue gun is in my classroom and this one started to malfunction in the middle of my project..so my edges look pretty messy. However, this is on the back and it doesn’t show when on display.
See.. not so pretty! I continued this same pattern on the bottom dowel..making sure the bottom of the poster wasn’t showing. Then I flipped it over! Now this was my mistake.. I totally forgot to buy eye hooks! I think using eye hooks would be a little more stable. However, I was NOT going back to the store. I just tied the twine right to the end and made sure it was a very tight.
I just cut off the extra. I left string on the top..the appropriate amount for how far down I wanted the poster to hang. I then tied the other side the same way. If you wanted a little bit more stability, you could definitely put a small dot of glue on the back where the knot is. My hot glue gun was in the trash by this point.. :).
This DIY was pretty easy. If my tools weren’t malfunctioning, I would say that it probably would have taken me about a half an hour to an hour to make two…