How to Use Inexpensive Engineer Prints for Large Wall Art
Engineer prints are the next big thing around the DIYing world (ha, see what I did there? 😉 At under $10 for a huuuge print, they’re a budget-friendly way to have classic black and white prints and photos in your home — and they come in color too! (See those at the bottom of the page.)
If you’re wondering what to print, we have lots of options here, for printables and for vintage images, plus more ideas below. Use Brynne’s instructions to prep an image for large-scale printing, and then use one of these ideas below for hanging and displaying your new poster!
Keep it simple: hang it with clips on the wall. (via DesignSponge)
Mount it on foam insulation board (Trendy Thrifting)
Or on inexpensive hardboard (Joy’s Hope)
Print and frame your favorite quote (Classic Play)
Make it dramatic by splitting the photo between two canvases (House By Hoff)
Follow these tips from Chris Loves Julia for making engineer prints look their best.
Frame your prints in simple wood frames (Five Marigolds)
Make your own large monogram to print (Chris Loves Julia).
A nature image a la Ansel Adams looks lovely, especially when hung from a simple wood piece! (Lay Baby Lay)
Mount a large poster print on wood for a simple but rustic look, and easy to change if you just use tacks/nails! (Because I Like To Decorate)
This aged book page print wasn’t actually an engineer print, but I would guess you can get the same yellowed paper look by using a cheaper engineering poster and some tea to dye the paper. (Delightfully Noted)
Feeling ambitious? Wallpaper with engineer prints! (via Apartment Therapy)
Mount the poster print on fabric for a fun textured look. (My Sister’s Suitcase)
How to Add Color to an Engineer Print
And remember how I mentioned about being able to print colored engineer prints? They aren’t quite as inexpensive as the black and white ones, but they’re still a pretty cheap investment! See how Upcycled Treasures created her own watercolor from a photo and then printed and framed it, here on Remodelaholic.
This free printable from Lemon Thistle (here on Remodelaholic) would make a great candidate for a colored engineer print!
Young House Love used discarded retail display art, but this could be a fun idea for a colored engineer print, too!
And when you want to frame it, Hi Sugarplum has the details for hacking an IKEA Ribba frame to look great and fit the mat.
You can also add color to your black and white print with these 3 ideas from PhotoJojo (yes, those are real flowers!):
Paint the edges of whatever you’ve mounted it to (Bower Power)
Use a large colored frame (Sugar Bee Crafts).
Or print a large coloring page as a tablecloth, photo backdrop, or wall decor for a party! These are paid products from Caravan Shoppe (they do have some engineer print freebies, though 😉 but I imagine you could get creative with other coloring pages online and Brynne’s instructions linked above.
page 1: 16 budget-friendly large wall decor ideas
page 3: 22 ways to decorate with engineer prints