Tutorial Thursday - How To Flatten A Poster or Print

Hello again!

It’s “Tutorial Thursday,” where each week we teach something simple, share a design idea or two, or offer usable how-to home decor suggestions.

Today we’ll answer one of our most FAQ: How to flatten a poster or print?

So you finally ordered a large print for your wall, it safely arrived rolled in a tube, and now you don’t know what to do next. Here are a few tips that can help get that artwork unrolled and safely displayed on your favorite wall.

First, here’s a DIY approach.

  1. Wash and thoroughly dry your hands. You don’t want dirt or oils from your hands to damage your print.
  2. Slowly slide the paper out of the tube, being careful to avoid creasing the paper and gently handling by the edges.
  3. To flatten the print, purchase a piece of lightweight plywood, foam core, or matt board slightly larger than your artwork. Carefully unroll the print and weight it down with the board. Let the paper sit for several days to allow it to relax and lay flat.
  4. Find an appropriate size pre-made frame and/or matt to fit your print, mount it, then hang it!

Second, if you’d rather delegate the job to someone else, visit your local frame shop. They should be able to permanently mount your print onto a board and can even build a custom coordinating frame, ready to hang.

 Some final tips:

  • Don’t use an iron, steam, or heat to try and flatten your poster
  • Don’t try to reverse roll the paper, as this can cause wrinkles or cracking
  • Do take your time and have patience
  • Do ask someone for help if you get stuck

Need some unique art for your space?

Until next time, may words bless you!

* * * Chris & Jen

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