Using Engineering Prints as Beautiful Wall Decor

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30 Minutes

Hey everyone! Today I'm sharing a project I did a while ago, but one that remains one of my favorite budget wall art ideas! Printing some of our wedding photos as engineering prints :)

(If you aren't familiar with engineering prints, they are black and white, printed on regular paper, and are designed to showcase your line drawings and graphics. These over-sized prints promote high-quality black and white line drawings in a variety of sizes. Engineering prints are ideal for architects and builders.)

The first thing I did was to print some of my favorite wedding photos using the engineering print method. I had mine printed at a local staples.

Next I got some insulation foam as the piece I'd mount the print to. I decided on this because it was really lightweight and could be hung easily in our rental apartment. I cut this down to size based on the size of the photo (keep in mind that you'll need to wrap the edges around like a canvas).

Then I laid the engineering print face down, spray the piece of foam with adhesive, and laid it carefully down on the print, making sure there were no ripples or wrinkles.

I folded the edges over like a present and then hung them on my wall using double-stick adhesive mounting tape.

Here's one of the final prints...

And the three prints in place!

What do you think? I shared a few additional lessons learned and tips in the original post linked below.

If you like large affordable DIY art, definitely check out my massive faux canvas DIY art (a peacock on a bike!) that fills a big empty wall in our living room. You can also follow me on Pinterest for loads of affordable DIY ideas!

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By Brittany Goldwyn
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  • Dxfrye Dxfrye on Oct 10, 2018

    Also, does the $15 cost for this project involve only 1 photo?

  • Jawene Jawene on Oct 19, 2019

    Did you also refinish the bureau in the bottom photo? It is absolutely stunning!

  • Jacquienina Jacquienina on Oct 19, 2019

    I'm unsure what use the engineering prints were. Was it simply to used the foam backing on them?


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  • Doreen Kennedy Doreen Kennedy on Jun 09, 2021

    I love the look of engineer print portraits and yours look especially beautiful. I’m not sure if you know that insulation foam board is meant to be used as insulation under drywall in all living areas of the home. It’s combustible and toxic. For safety sake maybe you could use another material to mount your beautiful portraits. Foam core poster board and acid free mat board are two good options.

  • Mcgypsy9 Mcgypsy9 on Jun 09, 2021

    I went on your blog and saw your large canvas. First let me say these wedding pics are just gorgeous! Great idea using the insulation foam board.

    I made a huge canvas the exact same way you made yours, however, the wall behind mine is painted a dark color and you could see it through the canvas. I took 2 old roller shades cut them to fit the frame and put them on the frame first and then covered them with the canvas. My canvas was actually a blanket/tapestry that just reminded me of a large photo so I mounted it. The blinds behind it hid the wall perfectly! I have attached a pic. Don’t mind the mess we were doing a lot of different things at the time.