Large Framed Engineering Prints

We finished our dining room recently, and hands down my favorite part of the room is these large framed engineering prints.  They are SO inexpensive, but make such a huge impact in the room. So I thought I would share how I did these for roughly $25 per frame – photo and frame included!

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Large Framed engineered prints

Large Framed Engineering Prints

If you are new to my blog, then you may not know that I am the queen of EASY decor and DIY projects. My goal is always to make a room look finished and polished without spending a fortune.  

I firmly believe that a home that is well decorated doesn’t have to pop right out of the Pottery Barn catalogue. I believe that you can mix the right DIY’s and inexpensive items into your home, and those can make a huge impact for a small price tag.  

This was a project I had been wanting to execute for a LONG time, and just wanted to find the exact right spot.  And boy, did I find it.

large framed prints in dining room

I truly think that the size of these pictures for scale on the wall is what makes the inexpensive nature of them work so well.  Adding such large scale artwork really makes the room look polished and put together. 

Also – I know that some would say that you shouldn’t have family photos in your formal dining room, but this is my house and this is what makes me happy.  I love the way it looks and thats all that matters. 

Large framed engineered prints

Since doing this – it has gotten super popular and I see it all the time, WHICH I LOVE!! Be sure to tag me @arinsolange on Instagram so I can see what you all do!

How to Make These Large Framed Photos

You need to first pick your frame.  I went with this one from IKEA for $20. The frame we chose is 24×35 for reference.

We added a 4th baby this past year, and it was time to add her to this wall, and in doing so I realized that they no longer have the exact frame, but one that is a bit boxier.  I went ahead and ordered 4 brand new frames and will update the post when they get in. 

Then choose your photos.  You need to use high-resolution photos.  So unless you have a camera that takes those, plan to use photos from a professional shoot.  This is a really important step because if you don’t do a high resolution photo your pictures will be really grainy. 

large framed prins on dinging room wall

Order engineering prints.  I ordered mine from Staples online for roughly $4.  Engineering prints are on paper and not necessarily photo quality (in fact you will get a warning not to order photos when you’re ordering but be a rebel and do it anyways).  

I have heard some feedback that sometimes they wont let you order these, and other times they will.  I am about to order all 4 of our kids pictures again, so yet again I will report back on the end outcome!

 Note: I believe they don’t offer the exact sizes of many frames.  If you choose a photo with a good amount of negative space you will be fine to trim the photos!

Dining room with large framed engineered prints

Tada – that’s it.  Seriously you guys, its honestly that easy!! And I love that the photos can be changed out for $4 as my kids grow! Let me know if you have any questions on this.

 I know it was a super simple little how – to, but it really makes a statement!  Make sure to check out the rest of our dining room for how I tied in these large framed engineering prints, and subscribe to see more great DIY posts like this!!

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We have since updated the dining room and I will be sharing all the details on that here soon and will update the post with all the details – but if you are going to IKEA and looking for another great IKEA hack,  be sure to check out how I turned a simple IKEA piece into this gorgeous cane cabinet!


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I hope you enjoyed this post on how to make your own large engineering framed prints. If you are inspired to recreate this DIY, be sure to tag me so I can see your great work!

If you have any questions about this tutorial, please leave them below. Follow me on Instagram @arinsolange for more easy DIYs to help your house feel even more like a home.

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20 thoughts on “Large Framed Engineering Prints

  1. This is such a beautiful idea! Did you make the pictures black and white before having them printed?



  2. This is an old post but love your photo wall and I’m doing something similar. Do you recall how large your photo engagements were? Ikea sizing is so strange…I see you tagged the Ribba 19x 27…is that matted for 16×20?

    1. Hi! So I just measured for another follower/reader and I did a 20×30 print. I just made sure that the photo I was printing would be Okay if the edges were cut off a bit on either top or bottom or both and each side! I hope that helps and you love the end result!

      1. I tried doing the blue prints a few months ago and they called and cancelled my order. They said they no longer print on blueprint paper bc it would break their machines. I think lots of people started doing it and they decided they could make more money. ???? I used CVS and just printed them on poster size paper it was around $20 each.

        1. Oh my gosh thank you!! I need to ask a friend who just did them where she did hers, and I will update the post!

  3. I was just on their website, and these are you only size engineer prints they offer.

    18” x 24”
    24” x 36”
    36” x 48”

    Which sucks, because I also need a 20×30 inch print, but they don’t offer it.

    1. Hi Laurie,
      If you order the 24×36 and pick a picture with a good amount of negative space around the edges you can still do it! I believe that is what I ended up having to do, thank you for the reminder!

  4. I love your dark ceiling and we are about to do the same in our dining room. Do you remember what color this is? Thank you!

  5. Hi! I did this exact thing but having a hard time with glare on the photos. Did you have this issue and if so, what did you do to fix? Photos look great! Thanks!