Hey everyone!! I hope you had a great time celebrating the men in your life yesterday!! I figured since a lot of fathers get tools for Father’s Day, I would post a simple project for you to try your tools out on today!! This DIY leather and wood wall hanging frame for large photos is the perfect one to get a little sawdust on your tools!
Here are the plans for the super cheap and easy, yet large statement wall piece I shared in my DIY slim truss console table post this last week!! This DIY leather and wood wall hanging prints set is not only beautiful but only costs around $40 for the whole thing!! It sounded so much better when I thought I spent around 25 bucks for all of it…but I forgot I bought the files to print for an additional 17.00!! Lol!! But still one 18 x 24 picture would have run me about that, and I have three plus some leather and wood for that price!! Plus if you have your own pics, you can print your own and only spend a little around $25!!!
The prints are inexpensive engineering prints so they don’t show up that well in far away pics but they look sharp as can be in real life!!
This is a fun and simple craft! For the amount of time involved and money, it can’t be beaten for the satisfaction it brings!! The picture makes it look average size but trust me…it’s almost seven foot long!!
It is such a wonderful compliment to my new console table!! I love it!! But I may change out the prints…my kids picked them, and I like them, I just don’t know if it goes with the decor below them!! Lol!!
Well, let’s get this wall decor made and hung!!
Making your own DIY leather and wood wall hanging prints
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-4 – 1x2x8 furring strips
-3 – 18×24 prints of your choice (mine are from HERE)
-3 – 1 1/2″x 72″ strips of leather (mine are from Hobby Lobby but I can’t find them online)
-2 – 1×2 @ 80″
-6 – 1×2 @ 20″
See how easy this is going to be!!
I cut my boards to size!
Sand and stain them whatever color you choose! I started with Fruitwood by Minwax, but it stained darker pieces too orangy! I tried Weathered Oak by Minwax on top of that…didn’t really change anything but my fingertip color!! ???? I then went over them very lightly with Jacobean by Minwax and was happy enough to move on!! Lol!! It basically made them look as if I used Provincial by Minwax, so if you like the color, just use that
Next, I laid my prints out! I ordered my engineering prints from Staples, they cost 1.39 each I believe!! That’s an 18×24!! And they can usually do it for you in less than an hour if you live near one…I had to order mine!! Anyway, two of them got wet during the same crazy storm that threw my console table around, it broke out two of our home windows as well, and the prints were sitting on my dining room table…near the window that was broken out…rain got to it!! LoL!! Luckily, the print didn’t smear at all, they are just a little wrinkly!!
Then, I cut all my leather straps to size! I cut them round about 12-13 inches! As I was typing this though, I was thinking that I should have been able to get 6 straps out of each, since the pkg says they are 72″ long…but I only managed to get four out of each pkg!! Hmmm, is there a discrepancy in size on the package…I think so!! Here is a pic of the leather I used from Hobby Lobby!! And it is 8 bucks a pack, but I am not embarrassed to say, we were ghetto and I checked out with one, while me kiddos each checked out with one to get 40% off each one!! No shame in my cheap game! ????The stuff I will do for a good deal can be silly…but oh so worth it!! ????
Now that you have all the supplies ready, it’s time to start hot gluing it all together! I turned the boards over and marked 1″ in from each side!
Next, I flipped my poster over and started gluing!
After I glued the paper to the board, I came back and put a hefty line of glue where the paper meets the board! UPDATE: After wanting to change the paper out for another print, I realized it would be so much easier to just attach thin magnets to the board and to the paper. Then there is no glue to remove and mess with! Just a thought!
Flip it over and attach some leather baby!!
I hot glued the front and then measured to make sure my loop measured 5″ before I glued the back!
Once both pieces were glued, I hammered in a furniture tack!
Pretty exciting at this point, since I had only envisioned this in my head and wasn’t sure how it was going to look, I was very excited to see it come to life…and like it!! Lol!!
A little blurry but Yaaasssss!!!!
Then thread them onto your top and bottom boards…it helps to have a hand while doing this! Pick the perfect spot you want to hang it, and screw the top and bottom screws to the wall! Make sure the spacing is exactly how you want it before you put it up on the wall, the side closest to the screw will not move!
And Viola!!! It was really that easy!!
I would love for you to pin this!! Hope you have a wonderful Father’s Day being celebrated or celebrating the great men in your life!!