How to Make Your Own Poster Putty

Traditional methods of hanging posters, such as tape, glue or staples, can damage walls. A safer alternative is poster putty, which can be made at home for a fraction of the store price. It can be removed easily without causing damage.

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Hang posters safely using poster putty.

Step 1

Place 1 tbsp. glue and 1 tbsp. water into a shallow bowl. Stir until the ingredients are well incorporated.

Step 2

Pour 1 cup water and 1 tbsp. borax into another small bowl. Stir them.

Step 3

Add 1 tbsp. of the borax water to the bowl that contains the watered-down glue. Stir the ingredients until they begin to form a putty, which can take several minutes. Add an additional tablespoon of the borax mixture for a more solid consistency.

Step 4

Place the putty into a zippered plastic bag to ensure it does not dry out. Remove small amounts of the putty, work them into balls and place them onto the walls to hold up posters.


Jaimie Zinski

Residing in Chippewa Falls, Wis., Jaimie Zinski has been writing since 2009. Specializing in pop culture, film and television, her work appears on Star Reviews and various other websites. Zinski is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in history at the University of Wisconsin.