There are so many reasons we wanted to hang this giant Empire Strikes Back poster.
- We are super Star Wars nerds. (Ed knew he wanted me to bear his children from the moment I called him a "Scruffy Looking Nerf Herder".)
- This poster deserved better than spending the last couple decades rolled up in one closet or another. I'm told it's worth a lot of money.
- It holds some fun memories. As a kid, I won it in a colouring contest at the local video store. When I went in to pick up my prize, the owner apologized, all he had was this Empire Strikes Back Poster. He kindly offered to find me a poster for something girlie instead. I insisted he didn't need to bother. I only had eyes for Han Solo, even as a kid.
Armed with a 60% off framing coupon we finally went to give our treasured poster a more fitting home. I don't know how much we thought Michael's would charge for a frame for this, but we were not prepared to pay over $350! That was the quote WITH the discount. The main problem is that it's a very odd size - 23" X 53". Custom framing was our only option, but we were not willing to pay that much. Back to the closet for you, dear old poster friend.
Until a recent trip to Home Depot, by poking around we found all the elements:
|This trim has a nice profile to become a frame, plus the perfect gap to sandwich a piece of glass and a backing. Score!|
|Next we found this acrylic sheet. We could cut it to size ourselves, plus it wasn't glass - we didn't have to worry that some rec room rough housing would end with a visit to the ER. Safer!|
|And, because sometimes we have DIY horseshoes up our butts - this inexpensive hardboard was the PERFECT depth to be the poster's backing. Sold!|
So, that's the details on the materials: perfect fit and the price was right. This frame cost us hundreds of dollars less than the quote that sent us reeling.
For the step by step instructions of how Ed made this oversized frame, check out Ed's post on The Loop!