Make Over-Sized Black & White Artwork For Less

Reader Tip

The idea of blowing up a beloved family photo to use as artwork in a space is a good one, but the price can be a roadblock. Ohdeedoh reader Sara Baye figured out a way to get around the hefty printing price tag and make black and white, extra large, over-sized artwork affordabe — like less than $10!

That's right, we said less than $10! How cool is that? Sara discovered that if you head to your local office supply store that has an in-house print shop (she uses Staples) and ask for a black and white "engineering blueprint" then the cost will drop significantly. Here's what she has to say about her latest artwork projects:

It's just a matte piece of (huge) paper with ink, but the print quality is great because it has to print tiny details for architects. The last one I made was a photo of Yankees Stadium and it was 4 feet by 3 feet for just $5.99 at Staples! This image is smaller than that, but was only $2.99 (I'm behind the frame in the photo to show its size and the image is sentimental so it was nice to make it huge).

That's right folks, you can have custom artwork in a large size for less than $3. We'll leave the frame hunting to you, but at that cost, even if you have to pay full price for a custom framing job, the project still comes in on a decent budget. Hit up thrift stores, estate sales and auctions for discounted frames and get busy!

Thanks Sara!

(Images: Sara Baye)