DIY Engineer Print Art & Hanger

After an amazingly beautiful week in South Lake Tahoe earlier this November, I finally had a photograph I wanted to enlarge for my home. I wanted something large to go above the dining table, and I figured this shot of the snowy, foggy lake would be a perfect addition to the cozy coastal theme I have started in the dining nook. It was time to try out the engineering print option from my local Staples. I've read about this option for getting large inexpensive prints, but I'd never tried it before. 


I was very pleasantly surprised by the results of the color print and the price. I was honestly expecting much less detail and quality. Since it's not a photographic print on archival-quality paper (which at this size could cost upwards of sixty dollars), it will obviously fade in the sun, but I'm okay with that. The whole project cost less than thirty dollars, and that is none too shabs for a three-foot-by-four-foot piece of wall art.



  • large engineering print (also called a blueprint)
  • 2 pieces "furring strips" or "base moulding"
  • glue or staple gun
  • 2 screw-in eyelet hooks
  • twine, cord, rope, or ribbon

I uploaded and ordered the print at and picked it up in-store the next day for about $18. I found flat-backed wooden strips near the wall moulding section at Home Depot and got two, each about one inch longer than my artwork. I initially tried to use the little stapler shown, but it wasn't strong enough to puncture the wooden strips. I don't know where my staple gun is, so I used E6000 glue instead to affix the print to the wooden strips. I let it dry for 90 minutes before getting antsy and hanging it up; so far it's still on the wall.

Step 1:


Screw an eyelet into the top of one furring strip. Measure and repeat on the other end. Don't space the eyelets too close together.

Step 2:


Affix the front of the print to the back of the furring strip, using a staple gun or glue, as shown. Repeat with the bottom strip. Allow to dry fully.

Step 3:


Double knot some string around the eyelet hooks. If you have a much thicker rope, try inserting it through the eyelet and knotting the end once.

Are you enjoying our crummy renter's carpeting?

Here's the final project:


What do you think? Have you had engineer prints made before? Do you have any secrets for inexpensive wall art?

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