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Good morning folks! We are well into our summer here (119° the other day!!) and are always looking for great ideas to keep us busy inside the AC! Today one of my favorite friends that I’ve made on Instagram (who is also melting away in the AZ heat) is here today with an awesome tutorial for you guys! Jenna, known as @_SimplyJenna, has THE. MOST. GORGEOUS. house!! I’m so excited that she is here today showing us how to do those awesome huge prints and she has a really cute way to hang it too!
Here’s Jenna to show you how to do it.
DIY Hanging Engineer Print
Hi everyone! This is Jenna from @_simplyjenna. I was so excited when Steph asked me to be one of her features, because I’ve been wanting to share this super quick, cheap, and easy project for a while now. I spend a lot of time looking for great décor for my kids’ rooms, and usually end up trying to make what I can on my own. My older daughter had a big empty space above her dresser that needed some attention. I’ve seen different versions of this Engineer Print idea on Instagram, and had to make one for her! It was SO easy you guys. I can’t wait to make a few more for around my house. I went to Staples online, and ordered one of their black and white engineering prints, in the largest size (36”x48”). It was just under $8.00, and ready for me to pick up the next morning. Just FYI, these prints aren’t recommended for photos, because they’re specifically for blueprints. It says this right on their website. But, I ignored it and ordered one anyways, because I was on a mission. The photo IS super pixilated, but it serves its purpose, and from far away it looks just fine.
So, let’s get your supplies together. You’ll need:
- 1 engineer print – I ordered the 36”x48” size
- 2 pieces of 1×4 – You can use any width, as long as it’s wider than the border around your print.
- Small eye hooks
- Decorative hook of choice
- Rope or ribbon
- Foam core or poster board (optional)
First, measure your 1×4 to be a bit longer than your print. Both of my pieces are cut at 49” so there’s a half inch overhang on each end.
Paint or stain the front side and all edges of the wood. While this dries, go eat some Cheerios or drink that 5th cup of coffee. Seriously, be productive while you’re wasting time.
Next, screw the eyehooks into the top side of one wood piece – one on each end.
Flip both pieces over. Unroll your print and line it up with the wood. I used hot glue to attach the top and bottom of my print to the back of each piece. Be careful here so your print doesn’t rip or bend too much.
*If you want a sturdier result that won’t tear easily, use a spray adhesive to attach the print to a piece of foam core board. Then, use a staple gun to attach the ends of the board to the back of the wood pieces. I highly recommend adding this extra reinforcement, and will definitely do it for my next one.
Now, push your rope or ribbon through the eyehooks and tie knots in each end. Be sure to tie them tight to avoid unraveling when you hang it up.
Hang your hook or screw on the wall, add your print, and enjoy! So simple, yet it makes such a big statement.
What I love about these prints, other than how insanely inexpensive they are, is how versatile they can be. You have quite a few size options, and some places can even print them in color for you. Build a full frame around one, pin it up as is for a backdrop to a party, or even laminate some big art prints and hang it in a playroom. I hope you all try this and love your new piece of handmade decor!
Thanks so much Jenna for sharing this with us today! I can’t wait to make some of my own! And, if you make this or any of the other projects on the blog be sure to use the #simplylovelylumber on social media so I can see it! Thanks so much for stopping by today!