Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to try new things? Are you feeling good and self-sufficient? Maybe it’s time to try your hand at another DIY project. Don’t be afraid. We’ll walk you through this DIY photo mounting. You still have to do it yourself, but we’ll be here for moral support.
We sell blank panels with or without adhesive. If you’d like to try mounting your own photo or print, you’ll want to order the adhesive.
So let’s get started. You’ve got your panel. You’ve got your adhesive. Now what?
Things You’ll Need: In addition to a panel, make sure you have a straight edge (like a book or a piece of wood), a utility knife, a lint-free cloth, and a steady hand.
Before you get to mounting you’ll want to place your print on top of the panel to ensure that you have a small amount of your photo hanging over each side of the panel. And, it’s also worth mentioning that you want to be conscious of where the keyhole hanging slot is located on the back. It should be the ‘top,’ assuming you like to hang your art right side up.
1. Pull back approximately 1” of the adhesive liner on the leading edge of your Plywerk panel and 2. fold the liner to create a tab.
3. Make sure your print and exposed portion of the adhesive are clear of any debris. 4. Slide your panel up against your straight-edge.
5. Place the print into the corner where the straight-edge and blank Plywerk panel meet.
6. Place your index finger in the center and gently rub up and down that edge thereby adhering and securing the edge of the print.
7. Slightly lift up the unsecured portion of the print so you can grab the liner tab you created in step 8. Slowly pull the tab back while letting your print down on the newly exposed adhesive.
9. Using your non-abrasive cloth and starting in the middle of the secured edge rub firmly up and down along that edge and move along a 1/2" or so with each up and down pass.
10. Once you've gone over the entire panel, pull it away from your straight-edge and firmly rub the print in a sunburst pattern (from the middle towards the edge) of strokes to secure it.
11. You may define the edges by gently creasing them across the panel edges. But watch the corners to make sure you don't pierce the print.
Trimming Your Mounted Print:
1. Lay your newly mounted Plywerk panel face down on a clean hard surface that you don't mind cutting into.
2. Use a fresh knife blade for each image you trim and be sure you have enough of the blade showing to clear the top of the panel (i.e. when you cut, the plastic blade housing should not touch the panel).
3. Angle the blade ever so slightly out from the panel, so that the beveled part of the blade-tip (look closely at the blade) rests against the side of the Plywerk. This way the final trim is totally flush with the edge.
4. Press down on the panel forcefully with one hand and trim with the other. With the trimming hand do not apply too much pressure, but apply just enough so you won't have to re-cut.
5. Make one continuous cut for each side. Trimming little areas off is troublesome and should be avoided.