May 17, 2013

5 Ways to Use an Engineer Blueprint

As you've probably seen in blogland, Engineer Blueprints from Staples have become a big thing.  Why? Because you can print a huge 2'x3' poster (black and white only) for only $3.  Mostly, it seems that people use them for family photos but there are a LOT of ways to make use of them.  Here are a few uses you might not have thought of.


1) School Elections.  My niece is running for vice president at her middle school.  Why not go big with a few posters?  I figured she could use markers to fill in the stars or banner if she wanted to spice it up with a little color.


2) Toy room/bedroom art.  These Lego posters have been a hit in our playroom.  Read the details about them HERE.


3) Events.  I was asked to do a booth at a Women's Conference this year about dating your spouse.  My mom and sister came and helped.  For the booth decor we kept it simple and did a poster of each couple.  Booth decor price?  $9.  Nice.


4) Giant Newspapers.  This was the first project I printed as an engineer print, over 2 years ago.  I still love it and so does Rex.  It's still hanging in his room.  The details are HERE.


5) Large Scale Art.  I thought this print from Design Editor found HERE was so cool.  She offers it as a free download, too.


6) Birthday Parties.  Need some large posters of old pictures?  Scan them at a high resolution or take a good photo of the photo and you could hang them up at the party.

7) Weddings.  Wouldn't it be cute to have giant posters up at the reception?  (This is another niece I have who's getting married soon.  I got to take a bunch of pictures for them a few weeks ago.  So fun.)


8) Subway Art.  I still have this print up in our home (and the file for sale HERE in my big cartel shop).  Get the how-to HERE.


Now what if you don't have a Staples close by?  Kinko's has a blank and white print that size for $4.50, which is still super inexpensive.  You just have to make sure you tell them you want regular paper and a black and white copy so you're not ordering a nice poster or photo print that would cost more.

Have you found another use for the giant prints?  Feel free to share in the comment section.  Thanks for stopping by.

18 comments:

  1. Oh wow! I never would have thought of using this for party decor! great ideas!

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  2. The school election thanks you. She is in love with it. My wallet thanks you too.

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  3. What fantastic ideas! You've got me thinking!

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  4. I did a HUGE map with one, hand-painting, crumpling, antiquing, and framing it. I don't really blog, but I have an Instagram pic. I'm @loribell77. I'm totally going to have to do that camera pic!

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    1. Is it the one of Cincinnati in your feed? If so that's AMAZING! It looks SO good and looks like it was $800 in Restoration Hardware. Way to go!

      Cheri

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    2. It is! Thanks for checking it out. I only had about $20 in materials. And a lot of time! I really enjoy your blog.

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  5. Love these ideas! Do you have a certain way of hanging them/affixing them to something sturdier for hanging, like with the lego pictures?

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    1. To hang the Lego posters I used the Command hanging strips that I used in the post below to hang them (after adhering them to a thin sheet of MDF):

      http://www.iammommahearmeroar.net/2012/07/photo-collage-for-master-bedroom.html

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  7. 20x30 photo prints are only $9 at Walmart and Sam's Club way better quality not much more $.

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  8. Do you think there is a way to add color to it?

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    1. Not unless you want to color over it with a Sharpie or watercolors. I've used a Sharpie in areas that I left white before. It just depends what kind of look you're going for. But it you want full color, then you'll just have to pay a lot more.

      Cheri

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    2. Sams Club or Walmart full color photo print 20x30 is only $9. Great deal.

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    3. But if you do three prints like the legos or for something temporary like the Date Booth..it goes from total cost $9 to total cost $27. For one it does not seem like a big difference but it really starts to add up!

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  9. Yeah... how do you hang em up? Or keep them from ripping in the corners?

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  10. For hanging, I recommend reading the Subway art post here:

    http://www.iammommahearmeroar.net/2011/07/diy-subway-art-for-under-7.html

    (I attached the print to a thin sheet of MDF and that post gives more specific instructions.) You could also put them in a poster frame. If you use MDF or foam board to mount the prints you can use the Command hanging strips that I used here to hang them:

    http://www.iammommahearmeroar.net/2012/07/photo-collage-for-master-bedroom.html

    That's how I hung the Lego posters.

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  11. If I do this what size should my pic be? Great ideas!

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  12. I love the Lego Posters, my hubby and I have played a bunch of the lego games but we don't have many sets. Is there anyway I could get some of your photos so that I can make some posters of my own??

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