DIY Block Mounting

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Things You'll Need

  • Photograph or art print
  • Measuring tape
  • Medium-density fiberboard
  • Table saw
  • Carbide saw blade
  • Sandpaper, 150-grit
  • Acid-free rubber cement
  • Utility knife
  • Transparent sealer

Block mounting provides an inexpensive photograph and art mounting option for the do-it-yourselfer. Rather than a mounting board and frame, block mounting only requires one thick block of material to act as a base for art. Purchase laminate precut to your desired dimensions or purchase medium-density fiberboard (MDF) and cut it to your specifications. MDF allows you to create a custom-mount for odd or unusual art dimensions. Unlike framed art, block-mounted artwork remains exposed to the elements, but a sealer helps to maintain the art's beauty.

Measure the photograph or art print you wish to mount and mark the MDF to those dimensions.

Cut the MDF on a table saw with a carbide blade. The MDF will wear down blades made of other materials.

Sand the edges of the MDF with 150-grit sandpaper.

Apply acid-free rubber cement to the MDF surface and the back surface of your photograph or art print.

Press the photograph or art print onto the MDF and smooth flat. Trim any excess paper with a utility knife.

Coat the artwork with a transparent sealer from a home improvement or craft store.


  • Measure the MDF 1/4 inch wider and longer. Then, bevel the edges with sandpaper or a rotary tool to create a border for your art.


  • Wear safety goggles while operating the table saw.