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Tutorial: Mount a Poster for $1

19 April 2012 22,278 views 5 Comments

by heather

What can take your posters from dorm room to distinctive? A very simple dollar store crafty technique for mounting posters or photos on foam core board. Foam core makes it easier to display posters, so you can use this technique for presentations, school projects, gallery displays, or in your home decor. If you are an aspiring photographer, nothing makes your photos look better than when they are mounted on foam core.

Project Estimate:

  • A poster or photo print, on hand
  • A sheet of foam core board (black or white), $1
  • Glue stick, on hand or $1
  • Box cutter or craft knife, on hand or $1

Total: $1 and up

mounted foam core display

If you are using this technique for a presentation, pick up some easels in the photo frame section of the dollar store -- you can prop your mounted posters on them for a quick, easy, and inexpensive display. You can trim the mounted photo down to any size. Here's an example of when I used mounted photos in a display about craft tutorials available on our site. I got everything on the table at the dollar store and had the photos printed at Costco.

The 16x20" photo in this project cost just about $6 to print at Costco, and I just uploaded and ordered it from home and then picked it up about an hour later at my local warehouse. You can mount just about any photo, poster, drawing, etc.

how to mount a foam core sign

Gather your supplies and clear a work surface. What, you already have clear work surfaces in your house? In that case, skip this step.

diy foam core sign

1. Flip the photo over and glue stick the heck out of it. You will probably use up at least half of the glue stick on a 16x20 photo.

mount foam core poster

2. Turn the gluey poster over and line it up along the corner and edge of the foam core board. If you need to, add additional glue along the corners or edges. Burnish the poster onto the board (which is a fancy way to say rub it down onto the board. I use my longsleeved arm for this.) If the photo isn't the same size as the board, don't worry. You will trim down the board in the next step.

foam core mounting step 3

3. Carefully trim along the edge of the poster with a box cutter or craft knife. You do NOT want the razor blade to go all the way down through the board. Just score the paper along the edge of the poster.

mounting foam core posters

4. After one side is scored, fold the board along the scored section.

foam core step 5

5. Turn the poster over, and cut through the paper on the score line. You don't have to press the razor blade down - you just need to cut the paper.

6. Clean up any rough edges.

foam core sign

There you go - an easy and cheap way to mount posters with professional-looking results.

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  • breanna said:

    rad project Heather! my fav part, though, is that it sounds like he says “Gideon I’m da man!”

  • Bromeliad said:

    So simple but smart.

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  • Chelsea said:

    There are lots of possibilities here. :) If you’re into glitter, you can add a coat of craft glue on the exposed foam board and add glitter. You could paint the foam board. You could cut a wider edge around your poster and “frame” the mounted poster with colored tape … my mind is going crazy on this one!

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