DIY Kids inspirational poster


DIY Kids inspirational poster


I have seen so many of these inspirational posters around and I think they are a great option for wall art in kids rooms and family areas. I decided to make one for my son’s room, which was needing a little something on a blank bit of wall.  Putting the design together was relatively simple but deciding how to display it was a whole separate mission.

It’s not often that I grapple with indecision in the realms of decorating but I really went back and forth on this one…. no idea why, I just did. So the options were: block mount, stretched canvas or traditional framing. In the end I settled on something that wasn’t even one of the considered options. Yes, it was just one of those weeks. I’m currently loving a ‘floating’ effect for framing. By floating, I mean a mounting technique where the edges of the artwork are left uncovered by a mat board, in other words, a separation between the image and the backing is created, adding more dimension to your display. With this application the artwork appears to be floating within the frame or mat board window. I’ve used this effect for some artwork purchased in South Africa recently and I was so impressed with the outcome.

Now as much as I love this floating frame effect, I wasn’t quite commited to that expense as I change the kids’ room decor fairly frequently to keep things fun and age appropriate. An idea popped into my mind which I wasn’ sure would work but it was going to be really cost effective so I gave it a go and the end result is actually great.

So here’s the secret: All I did was have a local digital print shop print the poster on foam board and I mounted it with double sided tape. In order to create a noticeable separation between the wall and the poster, I layered three pieces of double sided tape. And there you have it, my floating poster! Super simple, right?


As I’m feeling generous, I am offering this poster in red as a free download! You can print it at home, if you are happy with a small frame, or have it printed professionally on foam board, as I did.

You can download the file in A4 or Letter sizes. Enjoy.

Kathryn Hawkes

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  • Mimi 20/11/2014 at 9:38 PM

    I love the poster!
    Did you create the poster itself?
    If so, how did you do that?
    It looks so nice but I never fugured out how to make simple word/ letters look so good.
    Is there a template or a software that makes the words fit into a square by adjusting the size?
    Sorry for all the questions ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Kathryn Hawkes 25/11/2014 at 10:05 AM

      Hi Mimi, thanks of your comments. I did create the poster myself. I use Illustrator.
      If you would like for me to send you a quote to make one for you, just drop me a message via my Contact me page.

  • saltygirl 12/11/2014 at 11:46 PM

    i love this inspiration! i might try my hand at an adult poster! as a side note, you misspelled splash :X

    • Kathryn Hawkes 13/11/2014 at 6:57 AM

      Thanks so much for pointing that out. I had noticed only after it was printed. Obviously. As my son couldn’t read at the time, I thought I could get away with it, but clearly I need to fix it ๐Ÿ˜‰

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