This week, we created a high impact-low cost art project with loads of personality that I hope you’ll love. These oversize kid poster prints created a unique gallery in our living room that really sets the tone for the whole house. Our house is loud, chaotic, creative, and fun so we hung these photos in leu of traditional staged family photos,

We seriously had the best time making these and hope you will too!

When I started this project, I wanted huge, fun, black and white pictures of the kids for the blank wall on our living room. We get family photos done every year and while we try to add personality to them, getting the photos done is still stressful. This method of getting family photos allowed us to have fun taking them without leaving our house, get pictures on our own time, and the kids had a blast to boot. The wall of pictures is anything but traditional, but our family has never followed a mold anyways.

How We Took The Photos:

It was really important to me that the photos showcase that energy and each kid’s unique personality. To get these photos,  I had each kid stand with their backs against the white wall in our front room and make silly faces.

I used my Canon Rebel T5 Camera (it’s on sale right now!!!) to get high quality photos that didn’t turn grainy when I blew them up. I have used this camera for years and it’s never let me down. It’s been super easy to use, especially if you are a beginner looking to get started with a DSLR.

Next, I edited the photos just a little. I turned them into black and white images and brightened them just a smidge with Adobe Photoshop. From there, I headed over to Staples.com to get them printed.

Boston is one of the cutest kids I’ve ever seen but makes the craziest faces as soon as the camera comes out. It was awesome to have fun with it instead of nag him over and over again to “look at the camera”…… “”Smile with your teeth.”……..”That’s not a smile”………. “Don’t cross your eyes”….. you get the idea.

Milo has always been a little monkey. She is so incredibly strong and coordinated and from the day she and Boston met, she has been scaling walls, climbing door moldings, and doing countless push-ups with her dad. She pressed her back against the wall, stood up straight, and immediately began kissing her biceps.

Harper is an all around goof-ball. She is silly and giddy and brings up the mood of the whole house almost instantly. She took the crazy faces to heart and I think it suits her perfectly.

Zoe had to hold Milo’s hand to stand still long enough to get the picture, but with her sister beside her, Zoe stood in place, looked straight into the camera and gave a big “cheese!!!” I ended up having to edit Milo’s shoulder out of Zoe’s picture.

How To Print Huge Photos For Less Than $3.00 Each

From there, I went to Staples.com and selected the size of engineers print I wanted. I did a little bit of research first and found great frames from Amazon that fit the space well and kept the entire wall of photos under $80 including the prints. I chose the smaller size prints to fit the frames I bought, submitted my order online, and picked them up the next day. My total bill for 4 enormous prints was under $14.00

To submit an order for engineer’s prints, click here.

When you gDIYo to pick up your order, be aware that these are not printed on photo-quality paper (that’s why they’re so inexpensive) and be gentle when you bring them home. Your prints will come in a huge roll but the paper is standard printer-paper quality so be careful not to bend them before they are framed.

These prints were printed to the 24″ x 36″ size and I used these huge frames for less than $20 each.

Thank you SO much for reading this little DIY and as always, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask in the comments below. If you liked this post bt sure to check out these as well:

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6 comments on “Your Ultimate Guide to DIY Engineer Prints”

  1. I love this idea! I did something similar with our Christmas cards. I’m usually fighting to get our daughter and my husband to smile nice and look at the camera. This year I decided to use their goofiness instead of fight it. The cards were a hit. I can’t wait to try this out for our home.

  2. I just had some engineer prints printed of my kids from staples. How did you make yours look so clean? The paper is so thin it looks wrinkling in my frame?

    • Trisha! I’m so glad you tried this DIY out! When I was bringing mine home, I kept them rolled up so they wouldn’t wrinkle because the paper can be thin. I immediately put them in some inexpensive frames from Amazon. (I just updated the links to include the exact frames I used.) So far, the frames have been great and have protected them from wrinkling at all. I hope this helps!

  3. When you uploaded the images, did the preview show the whole image fitting? For some reason the preview is only showing a portion of the image and I’m afraid it will print that way.

    • Lydia, thanks for commenting! That can be SO frustrating! Yes, the preview will show the image as it’s going to print so it’s good that you didn’t have them printed yet. Does the image need to be rotated to fit the dimensions of the paper better? I would also try cropping and/or resizing your picture so they fit in the dimensions of the print. Here’s a YouTube tutorial I found using Gimp. It’s a free software that works great if you don’t have Photoshop. I hope this helps and let me know if you have any other questions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmWs4vVvOT0

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