Skip to content

DIY :: Turning Everyday Stuff into Large Scale Art

January 18, 2012

This 18×20 print started out as a dinky postcard a friend found at a flea market. I took sign language in college and worked with a kiddo with deaf parents while I was still in school and well…I just really love the manual alphabet. I originally had the postcard in a regular sized frame but it just wasn’t making a statement, y’know?

I took my little postcard to the Fed-Ex/Kinkos and asked about their sizing and pricing. Color enlargements get pricey fast—and from some light research on doing large-scale prints on the cheap I knew the magic phrase was “Engineering Print” but I really like the cream and blue vintage vibe from the original (shops only do engineering prints in black and white) and decided to go with it. I had originally wanted it twice as large but it would have run about $60 and that was without the backing. So I paired it down a little, kept the color, and didn’t break my wallet.
End cost: $35 (this includes the print as well as the attached foam core)

I could have gotten a better deal by using an alternative method (coughengineeringprintcough), but over all, I’m really happy with how it turned out! This is something I will definitely be doing again. I have a whole stack of odds and ends that would really have a lot of wow factor in a large scale size. Really, anything would look awesome depending on what look you’re going for. Here’s just a few ideas:

-Pictures from vintage children’s books
-Old love letters
-Hand written recipes
-Playing cards
-Retro sewing patterns
-Stamps from around the globe

This project really made me look at the everyday stuff I love in a whole new way. For my next large scale project, I’m going to try blowing up an old photo of my grandma at a dance hall (it is my absolute favorite picture of all time in the whole world) but I’m going give the engineering print a whirl using the tutorial over at Sugar Bee Crafts because for that one I really want to GO BIG!

No comments yet

What's on your mind?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Speech Adventures

Speech-Language Pathology, Technology, and Humor

UW SPHSC Student Services Blog

Student Services Blog

The Sweetest Way

Travel & Lifestyle Design


Speech-Language Pathologist in Alaska

Diary of a Doctor's Wife

A series of unexpected, unfortunate, and unhygienic experiences that only a doctor's spouse can fully understand...

Child Life Mommy

Tips from a Mom and a Child Life Specialist

prescription for play

a child life specialist's blog

D.I.Y Child Life

Heat up your hot glue! A website devoted to creating your own teaching dolls and materials


"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined."

Tomboy Travels

Suit & heels by day, spandex & sneakers by night


Welcome to my recipe blog! If you are looking for the store website go to Have the best day ever!


"I make things happen."

Girl Unmapped

Transformative travel and mindful living


A clumsy newbie in the kitchen

Hiking Photography

Beautiful photos of hiking and other outdoor adventures.

Thought Catalog

Thought Catalog is a digital youth culture magazine dedicated to your stories and ideas.

Thought Catalog

Thought Catalog is a digital youth culture magazine dedicated to your stories and ideas.

CaliGoesToKenya's Blog

Help me, help others.

%d bloggers like this: