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Turn a Wallscroll into a Work of Art

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If you're a fan of Anime or video games, then you may have collected a few wallscrolls of your favorite shows or games.  This guide will show you how frame your favorite wallscrolls to give your beloved wall decorations a unique and more sophisticated look.
 
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Step 1: Select a wallscroll.

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The wallscroll I've chosen for this guide is made of very thin fabric, which makes it a poor wallscroll.  Framing it will greatly improve it's look.

Step 2: Purchase a frame.

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Purchase a 24 x 36 inch poster frame.  It should have a glass or clear plastic covering designed to protect the poster.  Most likely it will be a clear plastic covering, but throughout the guide I will refer to it simply as the glass.  You can get these at fairly inexpensive prices at several chain retail stores.  Mine cost me $30.

Step 3: Dismantle the wallscroll.

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Remove the top and bottom bars from your wallscroll.  DO NOT CUT YOUR WALLSCROLL.  Instead you should be able to remove the plastic cap at one end of each bar and slide the wallscroll out.  You'll notice that hidden in the bar is a strip of cardboard that prevents the fabric from fraying even when the wallscroll is not attached to the bars.  The reason you should not cut your wallscroll is to keep it from fraying at the ends.  Plus, if you save the bars you can reconstruct your wallscroll if you don't like the way it looks in the frame.

Step 4: Lay the wallscroll flat on the floor.

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Lay the dismantled wallscroll flat on the floor with the image facing the floor.  Even with a wallscroll made of thicker material, you should still be able to see the image through the back in a well lit room.  This will help with the framing process.
triceratops5 months ago

Thanks for this tutorial!

I recently bought an Evangelion wall scroll but on eof the parts at the top was missing and i had no idea how to hang it until now.

Thank you!

StoryAddict4 years ago
This is a neat idea but I keep having the same problem I have with my regular posters: I don't want to clip or crease the edges of my beloved posters in the frames, yet the next size up is way too big. Bummer.
roboclown (author)  StoryAddict4 years ago
Glad you like it! It's true clipping can be an issue, and you're right, they don't seem to make a size that exactly fits a regular wallscroll. However, if you're willing to shell out the extra money for it you could possibly get a custom frame made, but that gets real expensive real fast. Also you would probably need to modify the instructions here a great deal, since I don't know if most custom frames don't come with a glass portion. If you use the cheaper frames described here and you later decide that you want to restore you're wallscroll to it's original glory, you might be able to remove the creases by using an iron at a low setting. Do this at you're own risk, though. I have no idea what kind of damage, if any, an iron could do to a wallscroll.
karossii4 years ago
Unless I am mistaken or missing something, here in America those things are called "Posters"... I've never heard the term wallscroll before.
roboclown (author)  karossii4 years ago
A wallscroll is basically a poster-sized piece of fabric that has a plastic or wooden rod at the top and bottom, making it look scroll-like in appearance.  The top rod usually has a string connecting the two ends of the rod, which you use to hang on your wall.

Wallscrolls aren't very common, and my pictures probably don't do a very good job of showing what they are.  I believe they originate from Japan, because most of them depict Anime and occasionally video game characters.