Hang Poster With Magnets




In the dorms our walls are push-pin friendly. I wanted a way to hang some posters of my drawings but did not want to use push-pins because they create holes. Luckily I love magnets. This solution should allow you to easily take down your poster and post it up some time else without creating and widening holes in your poster.

And just to advertise myself, if you wanted to see the Ringo Starr drawing, here's a link to my drawings on flickr.

Step 1: Requirements

A. 8 1/2"x1/2"x1/32 " magnets per poster ( a bit expensive)
or 4 of the previous magnets and 4 3/16"x 3/16"x1/32" for smaller posters
B. Gorilla Super Glue
C. 4 Needlecraft Thumb Tacks  they need to be flat to glue the magnets.
D. Poster 

Step 2: Glue Tacks

Start by gluing one square magnet to a pin. Use this to determine the orientation of all the other magnets. More for entertainment purposes than practicality, I place the magnet I want to start glueing under my desk and check to see if it attracts or repels the glued pin/magnet above. Glue the 2nd pin to the top face of the magnet under the desk. Two pin/magnet pairs should repel when facing opposite directions.

Step 3: Glue Magnet on Poster

Depending on the wight of your poster, use either the larger or smaller magnet squares listed in the Requirements section. My posters were light enough that I used the smaller magnets. I positioned them so that they would be in the inner most quadrant of a larger magnet placed over it in the corner of the poster. This is so the larger pin/magnet could be placed further in and not seen when hung. They should be glued so the pin/magnet made in the previous step will attract with pin facing away form the poster. 

Step 4: Hang

Now you just need to find a spot to hang your poster. Attach 1 pin in a corner of the poster and use it to place the other magnets. 

My poster aren't perfectly tight against the wall. There's a very slight pooch in the middle. Other than that I can reposition my posters freely without worrying about damaging them. If you want to post 4x6 photos, you may even be able to just glue on the smaller magnets and use regular thumb tacks without magnets.

I used VIVYX printing to print my posters and purchased the tacks from 1-2-3 Stitch . If you would like to view my drawings, they're on flickr.

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    8 years ago on Introduction

    Greetings, Clever idea. Good use of your circumstances. Well done.

    Just an idea for those of us who like the push-pin look. Pull the pin out a push pin, glue the other magnet to the pin, and voila! Magnetic push pin. I like the poster hanging application, by the way. Well done.

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    ah yes, I suppose that would also be complete nondestructive to the poster instead of just mildly. I may try that.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    they actually have those on thinkgeek. http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/supplies/9463/


    8 years ago on Introduction

    I wish I knew this when our son had posters all over his bedroom walls. It's awesome! Thanks. I'll have to remember this when his son gets to that age.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    wow awesome idea! Will use in the future for my dorm :D


    8 years ago on Introduction

    i'd think for just paper photos ,one could use the rubber fridge magnets . those neodymium mags are Way strong ,you have the slide the pics off and on the wall or it can pull the tack out of the wall. They might be strong enough to hold medium size framed photos with larger headed little nails.