Thursday, November 29, 2012

Cheapest way to Hang a HUGE picture!

By now I'm sure you've seen this all over Pinterest but I wanted to try it for myself! 
One of the hardest parts of getting LARGE pictures hung in our house is the cost. Printing then framing is just way too much, so I was excited to try this.

You start by picking a picture you like and making it black and white. Then run down to Staples and give them your flash drive and ask for an engineer print. There are a couple different sizes, I went with 24 x 36 (you can go bigger!)

Your picture will print out on regular copier paper and the quality is obviously not perfect, but it definitely works!

In the original post she then mounted it on foam board but since this is handing in our bedroom and living room I decided to go a little nicer and get a thin piece of wood (which of course my hubs already had haha!)

Just decide how much "boarder" you want and what color you would like. Then spray paint! You can leave the middle unpainted since it'll be covered :) 

You basically need 3 supplies for this project (other than picture and board)
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Mod Podge*
  • Brush

Then position your paper where you like and have another person hold it in place 

Spray under one side, then flip up the other half and spray again. Such a hot helper :) :) 

I decided to save myself $8 and make my own mod pog. Just a 4 oz bottle of glue (like the knock off brand of Elmer's) and 2 oz water. It turned out great!

Here's where things got messy  :( And by that I mean went wrong! Mod podge on that thin of paper just makes it bubble and wrinkle and smudge and makes a huge mess. 

You can see I started to stroke it on and it immediately began to bubble :(

So that part didn't work as planned :(  and if you look closely you can see the corner where I put the mod podge. So if you get it done on thicker paper it would be fine, otherwise, just use more spray adhesive and then use a varnish spray on top to kind of "seal" it on. I am still working on better ways to do this :) But I did 3 different ones all over our house and everyone loves them! Yea for super cheap and easy crafts!

1 comment:

Beth said...

Wow I love this idea! Thanks for sharing!