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Making Your Own Engineering Prints for Your Walls.

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This is it. My favorite time of the year. Yes, I know that’s a bold statement, but it truly is. The time when all of my Christmas decor comes down and I get a fresh start on my decorating.

I decided I wanted something simple that involved my little loves and their smiling faces. So why not put a giant photo of each of them on the wall?

Here they are! Beautiful, smiling and all for under $100! This project is

making your own engineering prints for you walls

So, here’s how it all went down. Er, up!

I spent roughly $80 on the frames. They are 24x36 photo frames from Michaels. They had wood, black and white, but I liked the warmth of the wood tone for my living room. I will link the ones I bought and some similar frames I considered below. They are all around $20 a frame.

making your own engineering prints for you walls

Since I wanted 3 frames to go across my long wall, I needed 3 different photos to go in them. Here’s the process for the photos.

  1. A light, plain background is best for the engineering prints. These prints are low quality, which is why they are inexpensive to print, so creating a simple background will help keep your image looking nice.
  2. I put our daughter in front of a well lit wall, and took a million photos of her smiling. Here’s the original photo straight from my phone and the one that I sent to the printer.
making your own engineering prints for you walls
making your own engineering prints for you walls

3. Because I wanted the photo to be simple, I opened the photo in Photoshop and cropped the picture so she was toward the bottom, with a lot of white space above her.

4. I then made it black and white and bumped up the brightness. I also made sure my photo was 24x36 and bumped the resolution to 200.

making your own engineering prints for you walls

Once you have your photos ready, you’ll need to find a place to print them. I originally called our local Staples, however, they told me they would not print a ‘photo’ as an engineering print and that I would have to pay $30 or more for a poster print. I didn’t want to pay $30 and I didn’t want a poster print, so I called a few other places. I ended up printing them at our local FedEx store for roughly $5 a print.

making your own engineering prints for you walls

I’m really happy with how they turned out. The paper is super thin, so be careful when handling them. You’ll want to be sure your frame has a backing, otherwise you will want to mount the print to a foam board.

I’ve been lovingly gazing at them for days. Our living room just got a whole lot sweeter.

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