How to make your own magnetic poster rails

When decorating my baby daughter’s room recently, I made my own version of wooden poster rails for her milestone poster, an adaptation of the The Merry Thought tutorial I shared earlier. I think it turned out pretty well:

What you’ll need:

  • Lightweight wood (I found mine in the mouldings section of my hardware shop)
  • Drill
  • Sandpaper
  • Magnets – these need to be the strongest you can find (I used a strong magnetic tape)
  • Beads
  • String

Cut your wood into four equal lengths, slightly longer than the width of your poster.
Take two of these lengths and place one on top of the other. Drill one small hole at each end (inset approx 1cm), large enough to thread your string through.
Lightly sand your lengths of wood.

Lay your four lengths of wood face down. Use a ruler to mark where you will attach your magnets, then and glue or stick your magnets to each side, making sure they are facing the correct way and don’t repel.

Place the two of the lengths of wood with the drill holes together (magnet sides together), and thread your string through the holes at one end. Tie a knot in the end of the string.

Thread your beads onto the string, then repeat your bead pattern in reverse order for the other side.
Thread the string through the holes on the opposite end of the wood. Allow enough slack in the string to form a small triangle when hung, then tie a knot in the end of the string and trim.

Open these two lengths of wood and place the top of the poster along the magnets, and close back together.
Repeat this at the base of the poster with the two remaining pieces of wood. And voila! You’re very own poster hanger, great for your milestone poster so that you can add new milestones as they happen without having to remove it from behind glass.

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