It’s no secret that I love engineering prints. I have some in my dining room and have a full post on how I find and edit photos for free. Well, I’m in the process of moving my daughter into her new room and needed some large art for super cheap. I figured out the cheapest way to frame engineering prints and they look awesome! Anyone can do this and I couldn’t believe how inexpensive it was!
What is the cheapest way to frame engineering prints? First, you will use spray adhesive to attach your prints to a piece of foam core. Then, you will cut down pieces of wood and nail them together. Fit the foam core inside of the frame and use glue if necessary. Use eye hooks and wire on the backside of the framed print to hang.
The Cheapest Way To Frame Engineering Prints
I love incorporating large scale art into my home. I have a great tutorial for making DIY large scale, affordable art that gets more into the nitty gritty of how to easily find and edit photos for engineering prints. I also have a great tutorial for DIY Texture Art that is so easy yet makes a huge impact! But, if you are wanting to find out the absolute cheapest way to frame large prints or posters, or better yet – engineering prints, then try using this method!
The best part of this process is that you only need a handful of supplies in addition to your prints. Again, to find out more about how to get engineering prints, check out this post! You can find everything you need at the dollar store and hardware store. It’s so simple!
Materials Needed To Frame An Engineering Print
Here’s what you will need:
- Large photos, engineering prints or posters
- Foam Core
- Spray Adhesive
- Nail Gun
- Glue (like E6000)
Instructions For How To Frame Engineering Prints For Cheap
1. Cut your print to fit the size of your foam core.
If you don’t have the right size of foam core, this would also work with plywood, although it wouldn’t be as cheap.
2. Spray the back of the print and the foam core with spray adhesive.
3. Carefully lay the print on top of the foam core and smooth out any bubbles.
If you have any major bubbles, you can carefully prick them with a pin and then smooth them out. And it might not be perfect, but it’s really not the noticeable once it’s framed and hanging on the wall!
4. Cut 4 pieces of wood to fit the foam core.
We used thin, 1 inch scrap wood and decided to keep it raw, but you could definitely stain it prior to this step.
5. Use the foam core as a guide and nail 3 pieces of the wood.
Don’t nail the last piece!
6. Remove the foam core and nail the last piece of wood.
7. Slip the foam into the frame and it should fit snugly enough that you don’t need to do anything else.
If it’s still loose, you can flip it over and apply some glue to the backside.
8. Attach eye hooks and wire to the back of the frame to hang on the wall.
So easy! I think my giant framed pictures cost about $7 each to make!
For more projects from my daughter’s tween room makeover, check out these posts: