DIY engineer prints = Inexpensive wall art
I’m very slowly beginning the process of decorating our new home, and focusing on the areas where inspiration strikes me the most. Dub’s room is the one I have the most concrete vision for, and I knew exactly where I wanted to start when I saw this idea for engineer prints for a boy’s room.
I immediately set out taking images of the things most important to Dub. He loved being able to be a part of it in this way. I sent the images to the FedEx copy store and ordered 18×24 engineer prints. Not only do I love how they turned out, but you can’t beat the price! All four for around $20.
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I mounted the engineer prints to inexpensive particleboard with a white coating, so the wood color wouldn’t bleed through on my white images. I chose particleboard because I was worried that foam core would warp over time, and I plan to have these images up for years!
I positioned the print over the pre-cut particleboard, then carefully lifted the print corner by corner, edge by edge, spraying adhesive spray directly to the board underneath. I smoothed the paper over the board with each spray. Fortunately, I found that the paper and spray to be very forgiving, and at times lifted the paper multiple times before re-smoothing onto the board before deciding I was happy with the result.
The trick to having your local print shop print your engineer print is to call in advance to make sure they offer this service – not all of them are set up to make these prints.
Additionally, make sure your print has at least 25-50% white space, if possible. I’ve heard of print shops refusing to print images as an engineer print if it uses too much ink, which is hard on that printer and not what it was designed for. My print shop called me to double check I actually wanted the images printed this way, because the quality is not that of a photo. Once I confirmed it was exactly what I wanted they printed them, no further questions, and I was very pleased with the result.
I then followed the DIY frame tutorial from Young House Love. I used poplar wood for these frames, because it was the least expensive option.
I’m super happy with how this project turned out. Dub and I may or may not have hung out in his room and just stared at them for awhile. He tells me he plans to use the frames as mini shelves for all his important little treasures.
Like the look, but not in the mood to take on a project? Try these similar, inexpensive frames here.
- Adhesive Spray
- Wood stain for frames
- Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray
- Dresser Paint – Rust-Oleum Navy Blue Spray Paint