All about decorating with Engineering Prints!

Hey guys, gals, and everyone else!

Engineering prints are something that is often over looked. Basically an engineering print  is a large blueprint done on thin paper. What’s great about these is that they’re much less expensive than a large canvas print, or a print done on photo paper. I dabbled in this world at the beginning of this year and have never looked back! These are a great way to get a lot of decorating bang for your buck. BUT there are a few things you should know before hitting up your local paper store.

IMG_6968That is my most recent engineering print craft. I was originally looking for a tapestry above our bed, but the ones I liked were around $60! This print was…*drumroll please* $12! That’s a much better deal and I still get the nice big image to act as a sort of visual headboard.

Here are some things to keep in mind when getting an engineering print done!

*Even though websites (I use Staples for all of my printing) will say that engineering prints can not be used for photos…they can be. That’s just not their intended use. I recommend pictures of at least 2MB size. The cactus picture above is a 4MB and that’s for their largest print at 36×48 inches.

*As long as you’re not selling these prints you can use pictures from the internet. You can change your search settings to help you narrow down your possible pictures in Google. Color prints cost more than black and white prints.

*The prints themselves come in three main sizes. (At least at Staples) They are 18 x 24 inches,       24 x 36 inches, and 36 x 48 inches. BUT you can always cut them down to size depending on what you need.

*You can use these pints in so many ways! I just washi taped the cactus picture up but you have other options. You can frame them, cut them up to make an abstact pattern, decoupage with them, use them under glass to make a decorate tabletop, put them behind a large fish tank, the possibilities are endless!  They’re great as the main attraction on a gallery wall.

For my boyfriend and I’s first Valentine’s day together I got to skylines from Texas printed out. He always complained that Phoenix doesn’t have a great skyline. He loved have a bit of Texas on his walls. Here they are in our new room!


The possibilities are endless with these cheap prints! Have you guys done any crafts recently with Engineering prints? Let me know down below!

Stay Sunny ❤


5 thoughts on “All about decorating with Engineering Prints!

  1. diadarling3

    Thanks for sharing how to do this. When I first moved into my apartment 3 1/2 years ago I wanted to print some photos for art but they came out pixelated and bad. I’ll have to try again when I get to my new place net month 🙂



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