DIY: Scroll Art Frame (that doesn’t damage the print!)

 

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I recently made a new art purchase that I am super excited about. I bought this print by Heisuke Kitazawa after immediately falling in love with the work on his website. My Alex Pardee print had been hanging in my living room for awhile, but presentation wise, it was being mistreated with thumb tacks at each of the corners as seen in earlier posts.

So I decided to give them a little upgrade and I couldn’t be more happy with the results! DSCF2105Here are all the tools that I used to put these little hanging scrolls together. I didn’t want to mess up the prints at all, I had been hanging the Alex Pardee print by placing thumbs tacks around the edge but not piercing the print. I really wanted to showcase the prints but I didn’t have a budget to get frames made for them because they aren’t a standard frame size. So I went with this scroll idea and it turned out great.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Molding from a hardware store I got half round molding but there are lots of other choices if you wanted to get a little more decorative.
  • Scissors
  • rope or string. I used thin white string but you can also get fancy with this and use something else.
  • pencil
  • hacksaw
  • Scotch Foam Tape
  • Tape Measurer
  • clip (to help hold the print in place while wrapping the string

DSCF2107There are 2 pieces of molding on the top and 2 pieces on the bottom of the print, you will sandwich the print in between the two pieces of molding. You’ll want to measure the width of the print and add 3 to 4 extra inches. This is your preference if you want longer edges of the wood sticking out from each side. I measured 3 1/2 extra inches and cut 4 pieces.

TIP: once you have cut one piece, use that piece to measure the next piece and you’ll have more accurate measurements for when the two pieces are sandwiched together. If you want you can use a little sandpaper here to clean up the edges if you had a rough cut.

DSCF2111Next pair up the pieces of wood and decide which will fact the front of the print, I chose the pieces of wood that had less scuffs and marks for the front.

The 2 front pieces will get foam tape on them. ONLY PEEL OFF ONE SIDE OF THE FOAM TAPE. If you can find foam tape that isn’t double sided that would be ideal. You don’t want to foam tape sticking to your print, just to the wood. The foam tape is there to help hold the print in between the wood. You want to leave 2 inches on each end of the wood with no foam tape, this helps for a tighter sandwich when you wrap the string around.

When you wrap the string around the wood, wrap as tight as you can. Because we didn’t put foam tape all the way to the edge, you’ll be able to get a tighter grip around the print so that is doesn’t slip from in between the wood. This was the trickiest part. I used a clip to hold the print to the two pieces of wood.

TIP: This will be REALLY TRICKY if you haven’t let your print flatten out as it will try to curl the whole time. I made that mistake with this print and It took me 3 times as long to get the wood to stay, so save yourself the craziness and let the print sit on a flat surface with some books on it for a day so that it flattens out before you attempt this.

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Once you’ve got the wood secured to the print, you’ll want to start wrapping the string around the ends as tightly as you can.DSCF2116

Once you’ve completed it on all 4 ends you’ll take a length of string and tie it to each side of the top and it is ready for hanging. I used the same upholstery tacks that I’ve recently fell in love with for hanging things on the wall. Such as the Book Shelf I made a couple weeks ago. Easy, right?! **pats self on back**

 

If you’re in the San Francisco area and you want to learn more about upcoming events like the Edgar Wright one, check out one of Jesse Hawthorne Ficks (One of my amazing instructors from the academy!) Midnites For Maniacs events. They happen each month in the historic Castro Theater, and are a ton of fun! 🙂

-PK

 

2 thoughts on “DIY: Scroll Art Frame (that doesn’t damage the print!)

  1. Hi,

    Try closed cell foam weatherstripping tape. Only sticky on one side. I’ve seen it in various widths, also used to seal joint between pickup truck box and canopy.

    I like the project.

    Cheers

    Alistair

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