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Huge Prints for only $4!


Michael and I were married eight years ago in the Arizona LDS temple. It’s such a beautiful place and is really special for our family. A while back I was looking for vintage maps of Mesa, AZ on eBay (we collect old maps of places we’ve lived) and I stumbled across this photo of the temple from the 60s. I loved how modern the shot is with all the white space!

Later I saw this tutorial on Pinterest and knew I wanted to blow up my vintage photo for our home. I scanned in the photo and brought my zip drive to Kinkos (Or I guess it’s called Fedex Office now? Bor-ring!). For only $4 they printed my image on their large format blueprint printer. The largest size you can do is 48″ wide, but mine is 36″. It’s so inexpensive because the paper is nothing special and you can only have black and white. But it’s huge and graphic and so affordable!
I cut down the paper to size and then mounted the print with scrapbook tape on double thick foamboard I got at Blicks for $7 (which I also cut down to size using an X-acto knife).
After mounting the print I realized I could save a ton of money by not framing it and just painting the edges. I used an orange tester paint that I already had on hand and a square-edged artist’s brush. It was easy to carefully paint just the edges of the foamboard.
I hung the mounted print on the wall with my favorite picture hanging strips.
I’m so happy with how this project turned out. I only wish my wall was bigger so I could have done the full 48″ width!

From the side you get to see the pop of vermillion color. I love little surprises in design!

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93 thoughts on “Huge Prints for only $4!

  1. to think that it was only yesterday i wanted to ask how you would display church pictures!

    thanks so much..i love the orange surprise..just like the door you posted yesterday.

    can't wait to give it a go.

  2. Hey, that's a great idea. There are tons of awesome old photographs available to the public (Denver Public Library for one has an enormous online collection), and I love your idea of dressing up the edges with paint. Thanks for sharing!

  3. This looks great, and fits your spot just perfectly. The lamp, and chest, the whole works is so pretty and interesting. I might try this with the picture I have of me and my family in front of the Mount Timpanogos Temple. I think your brilliant! Thanks for sharing all your good ideas.

  4. love this! I always want to blow up some of my old photos. I usually end up being too hesitant because of the loss of quality. Did the photo have any problems being blown up or did it become extra grainy or pixelated? I can't really tell from the pictures on the blog.

  5. Wow. I love this project!! Hoping I will have some good luck finding a similar photo of the Mesa temple, they are hard to come by! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Oh, the color in the tulips picks up the edging of the print…and the green stems lock nicely with the green mats on the two frames….understated perfection!

  7. I did this same thing to a very large cheap poster that would cost 10 times the amount to frame it. Foam board is awesome!

    I love the pop of orange you chose and seriously your vignette on the dresser is stunning!!

  8. Love that you shared this! That is so cheap! And I'm also really interested in the results you find from your study. Just completed it and thought the questions were interesting.

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